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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Douglass's D'sean Cummings and Malcolm McCoy take down Crossland quaterback Jaquel Felder.
Published on: Friday, October 12, 2012
By Daniel Kucin
The Crossland football program has ups and downs this season — but mostly downs.
However, the Cavilers are a team comprised of only four seniors. They didn’t even have enough players to field a junior varsity team this year, so youth and mistakes go hand in hand.
Boasting a four-win record, the Douglass Eagles handled their business and ran through Crossland 54-0 on Friday.
Miscommunication and lack of experience did not bode well for Crossland’s defense. However, Douglass saw little action from dynamic wide receiver Paul Harris other than his only catch of the game — for a 32-yard touchdown.
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Douglass's Avery Wood rushes for a huge gain.
There was no need for a passing game with Douglass’s rushing core: D’Ondre MacKey, Avery Wood, Aaron Johson, and Mikale Makle.
“I figured that we were gonna have a good game on the ground… the guys were really geeked up for it, and we had a really good week of practice,” said Douglass head coach JC Pinkney. “The guys were really excited, and we wanted to have a good showing. And I wanted to have the guys get an opportunity to play…. I’m really proud of my guys.”
MacKey led the charge on only three carries with 114 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Douglass usually runs the offense primarily through Kenneth Freeman and multiple running backs who get touches each game, but Friday was Mackey’s day and only had four carries to his name all season.
“I had faith in my offensive line…. They had a good team and they put out a good effort,” MacKey said. “We have a good running back core back there, so all of us get the ball and get the job done.”
Douglass’s ground-and-pound offensive philosophy was just too much for Crossland to handle — accounting for six of the team’s total touchdowns and 259 yards rushing overall.
Crossland’s hopes for a playoff appearance are slim, but anything can happen in this division. They now sit with a 3-3 record. Crossland will face the Surrattsville Hornets (4-2) at home Saturday. The Hornets are coming off a tough loss against Potomac.
Douglass, on the other hand, is flying high, riding on a three-win streak. With a 5-1 record, Douglass is in a tie with Gwynn Park for first place in the 3A/2A/1A division. On Saturday, the Eagles face Forestville, which is looking to avenge its 22-point loss at the hands of Friendly last week.
“We watched Forestville, and they are a team that will bring their A-game every time we see them,” Pinkney said. “We don’t expect anything less of a Charles Harley coached team…. I’m sure Forestville is going to give us a lot of competition, and they are going to give us a really good game.”