UPPER MARLBORO – The Frederick Douglass Eagles won their opening round 2A playoff game in dominating fashion defeating the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs 45-0 for the team’s sixth shutout of the season. Douglass quarterback Devin Butler led a three-headed rushing attack, which along with a relentless defense helped the team get one step closer to […]
UPPER MARLBORO – The Frederick Douglass Eagles won their opening round 2A playoff game in dominating fashion defeating the Marriotts Ridge Mustangs 45-0 for the team’s sixth shutout of the season.
Douglass quarterback Devin Butler led a three-headed rushing attack, which along with a relentless defense helped the team get one step closer to an elusive state title after losing in the first round of last year’s playoffs.
“Last year left a real bad taste in everybody’s mouth. We lost in the first round,” said Douglass head coach Julius Pinkney. “This year our guys wanted to make sure that we advanced and we continue on the path that we want to get to. So we’re in that four-game season right now; we’re just taking it one week at a time. We know we’ve got to win to continue to play.”
Douglass struck early and often. On its first offensive drive of the game, Douglass went 56 yards in five plays, finishing with a six-yard rushing touchdown by Akiva Wedge to put the team up 8-0 early in the first quarter.
Two plays later, cornerback Mikale Makle intercepted Marriotts Ridge quarterback Zack Page.
“The defense we ran was prepared to stop the run,” Makle said. “We knew they run waggles so when they boot we knew the tight end would release. I just read it and saw it. I ran over there and made a play.”
Makle’s interception led to a one-yard touchdown by Wedge to make the score 16-0.
The Eagles tacked on two more touchdowns in the half – the first a five-yard touchdown by Thomas Myers and the second a Butler passing touchdown to wide receiver Kollin Smith with under a minute left to play in the half. Douglass went into the half with a 32-0 lead.
Marriott Ridge came out in the second half trying to find any way to get back in the game. The Mustangs attempted a surprise onside kick, but the move backfired as the Eagles recovered the ball and capitalized on the short field by scoring their fourth rushing touchdown of the afternoon on a three-yard bootleg run by Butler. The score put the Eagles up 38-0 and started the running clock.
The Eagles scored their final touchdown of the game as the fourth quarter began. After a holding penalty negated a touchdown, Butler threw his second touchdown of the game on a 13-yard pass to Quinton Jordan. The score gave the Eagles a 45-0 lead.
Jordan said the offensive line that will determine how far the Eagles will go in the playoffs.
“Our line is most important, just driving off the ball and sticking to it,” Jordan said. “They just put in the work. It’s up to them. Without them we wouldn’t be where we are.”
The Eagles will host Patuxent on Saturday to determine the 2A South Region title.