All week, the Douglass football team and Coach J.C. Pinkney had a single goal: to stop Surrattsville running back Amaru Major. And when the sun set in Clinton on a crisp Saturday afternoon, Pinkney addressed his team and praised them for doing just that.
Major recorded just six rushing yards on six carries, while four players scored rushing touchdowns for the Eagles as they cruised to a 38-6 victory. After entering halftime with an 8-6 lead, Douglass rattled off 30 second-half points, including 24 in a span of six minutes.
“We knew they had a good team, and they played like they had a good team,” Pinkney said of Surrattsville. “Our guys kind of went back to the drawing board on some stuff [at halftime], cleaned up some of the looks that they were giving us, and then we just kind of went old school and ran the ball on them.”
Surrattsville, a 1A school, kept pace with its 2A opponent in the first half, limiting the Eagles (8-2) to 89 yards of total offense. But in the second half, the story of the game changed quickly.
Sophomore quarterback Devin Butler, junior Mikale Makle and sophomores Thomas Myers and Jerrod Williamson each reached the end zone on the ground as the Eagles racked up 259 rushing yards. Butler also found senior Kenneth Freeman on a 20-yard screen pass for another score.
“We had a lot of mistakes our first half,” Butler said. “Second half, we fixed our mistakes, we changed our running scheme up a little bit, and we played faster.”
“Our line, they got it done,” Freeman added. “The whole team made it happen, but especially the offensive line.”
After the game, players from the two teams formed one huddle and took a knee at midfield. With their respective playoff spots in separate state classifications already secure, this week’s meeting was more about preparation than winning or losing. They now share the same goal: to bring a state title back to Prince George’s County.
Surrattsville (8-2) will have the top seed in the Maryland 1A North region for the first time in school history and host the Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology (8-2). Douglass will travel to No. 9 Gwynn Park (10-0) in the Maryland 2A South region and look to return to the championship game for the second year in a row.
“Our second season starts now,” Pinkney said. “For both teams. Our second season starts now.”