No. 15 DuVal may be without Shamik Perry against E. Roosevelt; Surrattsville leans on Major
By Steve Yanda and Eric Detweiler,
Perry, who rushed for 1,004 yards last season and already has tallied 928 rushing yards this fall, suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday’s 32-6 win over Oxon Hill and may be shelved for a couple of weeks, DuVal Coach Dameon Powell said Monday in a telephone interview.
“We’ll see how the week goes, but if it’s up to me, right now, I might not let” Perry play Saturday, Powell said. “But you know he’s going to want to play.”
Perry suffered a shoulder bruise against Oxon Hill and finished with 85 rushing yards. But in Perry’s absence, quarterback Natio Scales and tailback Karee Mines picked up the slack. Scales and Mines, both seniors, combined for four rushing touchdowns.
Powell acknowledged that neither Scales nor Mines is as fast as Perry, but he said he won’t be overly concerned about his team’s rushing attack should Perry have to sit out a few games to rest his shoulder.
“I’ll probably give [Perry] a couple weeks off as we prepare for the playoffs,” Powell said. “I want to make sure he’s healthy.”
After pulling off an upset win Oct. 6 over Suitland, DuVal is in prime position to earn a playoff spot. After facing Roosevelt on Saturday, the Tigers’ final two regular season opponents, Laurel and Parkdale, have one win combined this fall.
Roosevelt has struggled mightily this season against the only two teams it has faced that own records above .500. The Raiders fell at Wise, 39-0, on Sept. 15 and lost, 33-14, at C.H. Flowers on Saturday. Powell said DuVal’s primary task on defense will be containing Roosevelt’s option offense, which sputtered against Flowers. Raiders quarterback James Warren and tailback Mike Mofor each carried the ball 12 times and combined to rush for 110 yards Saturday.
Major lift for Surrattsville
Surrattsville Coach Rob Harris believed running back Amaru Major was ready for varsity action last year as a freshman, but with a loaded backfield, the coach sent Major to the junior varsity squad where he could get more playing time.
The Hornets still have plenty of capable varsity running backs, but Major is emerging as the top ground option in his sophomore season. The 6-foot, 159-pound back finished with 232 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries — all career highs — in Saturday’s 26-8 win over Crossland.
“This year I know how varsity works, how quick it is,” said Major, who was moved up from junior varsity late last season. “I just have to pick up the tempo and be a playmaker.”
Major began the season backing up senior Tommie Broadwater IV, and Harris has taken to playing the hot hand in the backfield, forcing his players to earn their carries.
On his first attempt Saturday against Crossland (3-4, 1-4 PG 3A/2A/1A), Major shrugged off a defender in the backfield and picked up 12 yards. He took the ball again on the next play and sprinted 60 yards for a touchdown.
Major’s early highlights earned him more opportunities, and he later added touchdown runs of 21 and 23 yards as the Hornets (5-2, 3-2) stayed in the the hunt for their second consecutive Maryland 1A South playoff berth.
Harris had concerns about his team’s offense, playing without its starting quarterback Robert Harris III and top offensive lineman Jaylen Harris. Harris III — the coach’s son — missed the game with a concussion and is expected to return this week, while Harris was suspended for his role in an onfield fight the previous week against Potomac (Md.).
Surrattsville entered the week ranked fifth in the Maryland 1A South standings, and Rob Harris — once a standout running back at Carroll — gathered the offense before the game and told the players how important the game would be to their playoff hopes.
“I was like ‘Wow, this kid is ready to tote the ball today,” Harris said. “He even came to me before the game and said ‘Coach, I’m ready.’ . . . We’ve always known he’s going to be a great back for us.” . . .
Potomac (Md.) senior linebacker Marcus Pickens did a little bit of everything on defense in a 14-6 win over Largo (4-3, 4-2) on Saturday. The St. Francis (Pa.) commit recorded 16 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and an interception in the game. He also applied the pressure on the Largo quarterback in the end zone on a first-quarter play where intentional grounding earned Potomac a safety. The Wolverines (5-2, 3-2) forced five turnovers on the way to their third straight victory.