RIVERDALE – After losing to Suitland High School in a tightly contested affair on Sept. 13, Oxon Hill High School bounced back with a stellar performance on both sides of the ball as the Clippers thrashed Parkdale High School 44-0 on Sept. 21.
With the result, the county’s only 3A team earned their first win on the field after state officials changed their Week 1 loss against C.H. Flowers to a win due to forfeit. However, according to Head Coach Craig Jefferies, the tough games against Flowers and Suitland were encouraging signs on how they can perform against bigger opponents.
The Clippers (2-1) wasted no time getting on scoreboard after forcing Parkdale to punt after their opening drive. Junior wide receiver Malik Baker received a pitch for a jet sweep run play to the left side of the field. However, Baker changed course, seeing an opening in the middle of the Panthers defense. Baker ran 50 yards untouched for the game’s opening touchdown.
“Everyone floated on one side so I cut back and saw no body over there,” Baker said. “Coach Jefferies doesn’t care too much (if you change your route), as long as you score.”
Baker was not finished exciting the traveling fans. After forcing Parkdale to punt again, Baker recovered the kick and slipped past two tackles before running 85 yards for his second touchdown of the game. With two successful 2-point conversions, Oxon Hill was up 16-0 with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter.
“We were more focus and had more energy before the game,” Baker said. “I saw it in the locker room and in a lot of people’s eyes. We wanted to win.”
Meanwhile, Parkdale (1-2) entered their home game against the Clippers after earning a decisive 60-26 victory over DuVal High School on Sept. 14. However, during the week, wide receiver Carlvainsky Decius injured his ankle during practice and was ruled out for the game.
After a defensive sequence for the Panthers, quarterback Raymond Jenkins Jr., who also plays cornerback, needed to be carried off in the first quarter and removed from the game with a head injury. Senior running back Mohamed Bangura needed to fill in as the team’s signal-caller for the rest of the game, unable to complete a pass in four attempts and rushing for less than a yard.
The Panthers attempted to rely on sophomore Robert Speight to be the majority of the offense. However, he was limited to only 54 rushing yards as the Oxon Hill defense smothered the Parkdale offensive line with ease. While only sacking a Parkdale quarterback once, the Clippers defense limited the Panthers to 94 yards of offense and forced five drives to end with punts.
“Coaches did a good job scheming up what Parkdale does,” Jefferies said. “They have a very good offensive scheme and a couple of guys go down with injuries and we able to capitalize on their mistakes and turnovers and play well.”
Oxon Hill quarterback Robert Montgomery bounced back from surrendering an interception late against Suitland last week to throwing for 139 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. Late into the second quarter, he launched a 24-yard touchdown pass to Kyree Clark to increase their advantage by 24 points.
Clark added a 1-yard touchdown run with less than a minute remaining to give the Clippers a commanding 32-0.
Parkdale successfully tricked their opponents with an onside kick and regained possession to start the second half. However, they were unable to break through the Clippers defense, who ended their momentum by forcing them to turn the ball over on downs. Running back Elonzo Burroughs added his name to the score sheet with a 56-yard touchdown run for Oxon Hill.
After blocking a Parkdale punt late in the third quarter, Montgomery found Baker wide open in the end zone for 31-yard touchdown, which was the final score of the game. Baker finished with 50 yards, 31 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
“He became a better team player this year,” Montgomery said of Baker. “I’ve played with him ever for five years now; He used to be an I type guy. Now, he’s playing for the team and that is good and makes us a better team.”
Due to the new state rules, Oxon Hill plays a 4A loaded schedule, where they will host Bladensburg on Sept. 27 and travel to Eleanor Roosevelt on Oct. 4.
However, Jefferies said the experience of playing the tougher teams in Prince George’s County will prepare them for the challenges they will face in the state playoffs.
“This was a huge win,” Jefferies said. “We are in the 3A South and we are the only 3A school in P.G. County playing a 4A schedule…We just got to play them one at a time and try to get these W’s so we can get those playoff points.”
Parkdale will look to bounce back on Sept. 27 when they travel to Flowers.