Jaguars win defensive battle

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 24, 2002

Michael Washington raced 48 yards with 4:42 to play as the Maryland Jaguars defeated the Bennetts Creek midgets 6-0 at the Steeler Bowl Saturday at Nansemond River High School. After both teams failed to capitalize on several scoring opportunities through the first 35 minutes, Washington took a handoff from James Wallace and bolted down the left sideline for the deciding score.

With five minutes left in the first quarter, the Jaguars took over at the Warrior 34. On first down, Wallace hit Washington in the end zone, but Maryland was called for illegal motion, knocking them back to the 39. Two more penalties pushed them to their own 40, but Davis Ashford took a handoff around the left side and made it back to the Warrior 23 for a first down. Ryan Newman got the Jaguars to the 12, but four more penalties moved Maryland back 32 yards, and they had to punt.

Dormant in the first half, the Bennetts Creek offense exploded in the second. Jamar White scooped up a Newman fumble at the Warrior 27, and runs by him, Tyrell Graham, and Dijon Elliott got Bennetts Creek to the Jaguar 40. Quindel Nicholas spurted up the middle for three yards, and Elliott charged around the left side to the 17. But the Maryland defense held, and the ball went over on downs. After the teams exchanged possession, Washington scored on second down.

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