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Suitland bounces back against High Point

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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Wesley Wolfolk breaks off a huge run.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Wesley Wolfolk breaks off a huge run.

Published on: Monday, October 15, 2012

By Daniel Kucin

The Suitland Rams had a lot to prove Friday against High Point after being upset by DuVal just a week before to lose their first game of the season.

However, the Rams were firing on all cylinders and came out with a 45-6 win — and are now in a commanding position in the 4A division.

In the beginning of the first quarter, Quante Barnes blocked a punt on a fourth down and put the Rams in a strong field position. It didn’t take Suitland long to capitalize on this golden opportunity, and junior quarterback Wesley Wolfolk hooked up with Ohio State commit Taivon Jacobs on a back-shoulder fade route to make it 7-0.

“We took a loss, but we redeemed ourselves this week…. We still have a whole rack of work to do, but this is just another step where we want to go,” Jacobs said. “It’s not really me — it’s the team, it’s the blocking that they gave us, and so I just gave them a reward for all they did.”

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Anthony Squire was one of the impact players of the game.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Anthony Squire was one of the impact players of the game.

On Suitland’s next possession, Jacobs set his team up with good field position on a long punt return into the Eagles’ territory. Powerful running by Suitland’s Anthony Squire made a huge difference in this game and he plowed in the end zone to increase the Rams’ lead to 14-0.

High Point did not have enough firepower on offense to keep up with Suitland, and this left the Eagles’ defense on the field for most of the game — a key factor to their demise.

Special teams killed the Eagles’ chances as well.

Barnes blocked another punt in a scoop-and-score on the first play of the second quarter, bringing the score to 20-0. In the last few minutes of the second quarter, Wolfolk was forced out of the pocket and ran a 40-yard scamper for a touchdown, 26-0.

At this point in the contest, Suitland poured it on offensively and showed why they are one of the most dominant teams in the state. Within the last two minutes of the second quarter, High Point quarterback Jalen Mcgill threw an off-target pass to Robert Wigfall, and he took it to the house, 31-0. Jacobs then returned a punt for 75 yards and the final touchdown in the first half with on 24 seconds remaining.

Suitland surmounted a huge lead going into halftime, and that pretty much sealed the game for the Rams. High Point didn’t score its first points until the middle of the fourth quarter, and the Rams tacked on a game-clinching touchdown run by Squire in the last two minutes.

High Point now falls to 2-5 for the season, and the Rams now own a 6-1 record going into this week’s match against Bladensburg.

“We recovered, and we will probably get on the winning track…. We were fortunate to do that tonight,” Suitland head coach Ed Sheilds said.

Sheilds believes Bladensburg will stack the line of scrimmage against the Rams’ impressive running game. That’s just something that the Rams will have to get used to and overcome, Sheilds said.

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