Monday, May 20, 2013 1:03 AM
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Wise's Micah Till catches a touchdown pass for 23 yards.
Published on: Monday, November 26, 2012
By Daniel Kucin
Meade High School had never advanced to a state championship game coming into Saturday’s 4A semi-final against Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School — and it will remain that way for at least another year.
The Pumas were too much for the young Meade team that will have to watch the championship from home after being shutout 40-0.
Wise’s running back core was nearly unstoppable — piling up more than 140 yards between Franklin Porter, Chase Powell and the game’s MVP, Kenneth-Scott Kelow.
“It feels good for us to go to states again. We have worked hard, and we have been playing physical football this year,” Kelow said. “It feels very good. ... I just came out here and tried to make plays help my team compete so we could go and play this championship game.”
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Isaiah Black threw for two touchdowns and orchestrated his offense perfectly.
Kelow’s versatility and deceptive moves kept Meade guessing, instead of reacting, the entire game. He rushed for 77 yards, caught four receptions for 60 yards and returned a punt 51 yards.
Wise has not faced a team that it could not handle all year, and the Pumas hope to keep their season-long winning streak alive with their powerful running game and unheralded defense.
Meade tried trick plays, screens and play action passes — all to no avail. The score was manageable at halftime at 21-0. Meade attempted an onside kick after halftime, but it was all downhill from there.
Powell put the last nail in the coffin with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, scoring one of his two touchdowns to seal the game with no stoppage on the clock.
It all comes down to one game on Friday night against perennial powerhouse Quince Orchard, which boasts a 12-1 record — only losing to Seneca Valley in the fifth week of the regular season.
“We have seen film on them. We know that they are good, and that they went to states last year. So we know that they are talented,” said junior wide receiver Micah Till, who caught a 23-yard touchdown against a sea of defenders in the first half. “We just have to come out, be physical and do our job, and I think the ‘W’ will be in our hands.”
Saturday was also a battle of two former local coaches. Wise head coach DeLawn Parrish left DuVal after a two-year stint with the Tigers, and Meade head coach Rich Holzer previously spent his time with the Parkdale Panthers.