FORESTVILLE—The Surrattsville High School Hornets went on the road and defeated the Forestville Military Academy Knights 42-18 to earn a spot in the Maryland 1A North Region title game. The Hornets went into Saturday’s game with one goal in mind—keep playing football. “Coach instilled in us that he wasn’t ready to go home yet,” quarterback […]
FORESTVILLE—The Surrattsville High School Hornets went on the road and defeated the Forestville Military Academy Knights 42-18 to earn a spot in the Maryland 1A North Region title game.
The Hornets went into Saturday’s game with one goal in mind—keep playing football.
“Coach instilled in us that he wasn’t ready to go home yet,” quarterback Robert Harris III said. “No matter if any player wasn’t ready for this game, we had to take it upon ourselves to do it for him.”
Harris III said the team worked hard in practice all week and watched film of its last outing with Forestville earlier this season. Coach Robert Harris said watching film helped the players see what mistakes they could correct in order to win.
“We knew we had to do some things well and do them right,” Coach Harris said. “And that’s what happened today. We put things in place for us to prepare and things fell in place for us.”
The Hornets were dominant in all three phases of the game against the Knights. They forced four turnovers on the day and held the Knights’ potent offense to 18 points.
The Hornets had a dominant first half of play on the offensive end in particular. Running back Amaru Major set the tone, scoring the first touchdown of the game on a breakaway 36 yard scamper.
Major piled up 206 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone. Major said he would have a good day running the ball because of the weather and the hype surrounding the game.
Major said he was also motivated because of the team’s 34-28 loss earlier this season to Forestville. On the bus ride to Forestville, Major said, the entire team maintained a high level of focus.
“Coming into this game, it was a big one. We knew we were going to see them again,” Major said. “We prepared ourselves very well and the coaches gave us everything we needed to win this game.”
Major said the Hornets keyed in on stopping Forestville running back Jordan Washington because he had a good game against them during their last meeting.
“We had to maintain the outside,” Major said. “We switched up positions and subbed in and out for certain plays. We remembered formations and got the job done.”
Major said his goal was to run for at least 200 yards he accomplished it. He accomplished his goal on only 18 carries and could have come close to running for 300 yards if a 73-yard run had not been called back because of a holding penalty.
“When you have a kid like Amaru Major who is the best back, hands down, in the state, in this region, if not, everywhere, when you’ve got a kid like that he just makes things happen,” Coach Harris said. “There hasn’t been a game where he hasn’t run hard.
Harris said it is always hard to beat a team twice in the regular season because of the adjustments teams make following the regular season. The adjustments his staff made paid off.
“A lot of plays were going straight from the line—no-huddle,” Coach Harris said. “We were calling plays at the line because we were looking for things that they gave us last game that we didn’t take advantage of.”
Both Coach Harris and his son said the team is going to watch film and prepare to get ready for Friendship Academy of Engineering and Technology, which defeated Fairmont Heights in its semifinal game.
“We have to just keep practicing hard every week,” Harris III said. “Games are definitely won throughout the week. Games aren’t won on Saturday. So if we keep doing that then we’ll be okay.”