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After four weeks nursing a separated shoulder, Potomac (Md.) senior Titan Trabue showed no signs of rust or pain in his return to the Wolverines' offensive backfield yesterday. The running back had 236 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries to lead No. 11 Potomac to a 42-6 victory over Friendly on a drizzly afternoon in Oxon Hill.
Trabue had two carries since separating his shoulder on Oct. 23, but he was magnificent yesterday in carrying the Wolverines to the Maryland 2A semifinals for the second straight year.
"I was tired, but I had to fight that, for my team," Trabue said. "We've been working all year for this, and this year we want to go all the way."
Quarterback James Nickens passed for 120 yards, and senior defensive back Ollie Thomas had two interceptions as Potomac (12-0) earned a semifinal home game against Fort Hill on Saturday at 1 p.m. Last season, Potomac lost to Aberdeen in the state championship game.
By the time Trabue scored on a 56-yard run with 6 minutes 14 seconds left in the second half, he had 135 rushing yards, surpassing his previous high for the season, a 131-yard performance against Forestville on Oct. 2. He eventually surpassed his career high of 195 yards set in 2003 against Forestville.
"He had the shoulder separation, and we thought it was season-ending," Coach Eric Knight said. "We gave him only two carries last week just to see if he was in all right shape, and he scored a touchdown. He came to me on Monday and said, 'I want contact today [in practice]. I need to know if I'm ready.' And he was ready."
Trabue allowed Potomac to pull away from pesky Friendly (7-4), which scored just the second offensive touchdown against the Wolverines all season. Friendly had lost to Potomac, 36-6, on Sept. 11.
Patriots sophomore quarterback Joe Haden completed 11 of 29 passes for 281 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown to sophomore Vincent Hill nine minutes into the game. It was the first touchdown allowed by the Potomac defense in 20 quarters.
Yet after completing seven of his first 10 passes, Haden had only four completions for the rest of the game. Meantime, the Patriots' running game never got going, as the Friendly backs gained a total of five yards on 19 carries against a Potomac defense led by hard-hitting senior lineman Reggie Berry.
Trabue's first touchdown, an 18-yard run, gave the Wolverines a 14-6 lead, and his 56-yard score extended the margin to 21-6. Adrian McLeod added a first-half touchdown, and Thomas rushed for another in the fourth quarter.
"The adjustments we tried to make they didn't let us make," Friendly Coach George Earley said. "There's nothing much you can say. They just came out and flat out whipped us."