BALTIMORE — The Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. football team won its third straight Class 4A state title last year and rolled through the post-season with a bang.
Last fall, the Pumas scored 142 points in the four postseason games, finishing things off with a 38-20 victory over Quince Orchard High School in the state championship game – a contest where Wise scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to take command. Wise finished the season at 14-0.
The Pumas began the 2018 season with a hard-fought 20-6 victory over visiting Camden (N.J.) on Aug. 31.
The Pumas moved the ball through the air and on the ground. Quarterback Quinton Williams completed 9-of-24 passes for 123 yards with one interception. He also ran for 51 yards in the victory.
But the running of Brandon Bell gave Wise a lift in this game, which was tied at six in the second half before the Pumas scored the game’s final 14 points.
Bell finished with 156 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. He came up with a critical 38-yard touchdown run in the second half that snapped a 6-6 tie and gave Wise the lead for good.
Kelvin Scott led the way on defense with 12 tackles.
For their second game of the season, Wise will come up to Baltimore to play Calvert Hall, a private school that plays in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. That game is set for Friday night at 7 p.m.
Potomac tops Gwynn Park
Potomac got a strong game from junior quarterback Dominique Anthony and rolled to a 31-14 victory over host Gwynn Park in the season opener for both schools on Aug. 31.
Anthony completed 13-of-28 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns to give the Wolverines a big boost on offense. He also ran for 22 yards and one touchdown – finishing with four scores overall.
Corey Dyches led the way in receiving with six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Keron Jones added two catches for 98 yards – including a 60-yarder – and one touchdown.
Gwynn Park will try for its first win on Saturday when they head to DuVal for a 2 p.m. game. Potomac comes to Baltimore to face Dunbar on Friday at 7 p.m.
Douglass routs Randallstown
Douglass had little trouble with Randallstown when the Eagles traveled up to Baltimore County on Aug. 31 in the season opener for both teams. They scored seven touchdowns and rolled to a 48-8 victory.
The Eagles relied mostly on a strong ground game that Randallstown could not stop. Jackson Jones led the way with 67 yards on six carries. He scored two touchdowns also and had a 30-yard run.
Geo-di Tolbert added 65 yards on 10 carries and one touchdown. Overall, the Eagles rushed for 170 yards and four touchdowns. Zavier Price added another score.
Douglass took command of the game in the second and fourth quarters. The Eagles posted 22 points in the second quarter, and 20 more in the fourth and Randallstown could do little on offense.
For Douglass, game two will be a home game versus Central on Saturday at 2 p.m.