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Defense leads Baltimore to 28-7 win over Washington in 5th Crab Bowl

Gilman safety Wyatt Dickerson intercepts two passes in the first half

By Jeff Seidel, For The Baltimore Sun

11:07 PM EST, December 21, 2012

LANDOVER

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— Both Baltimore and Washington had plenty of scoring chances in the fifth annual Crab Bowl. The difference is what they did with them.

Stephen Scott (Poly), Garrett Bean (Westminster) and Michael Anderson (Howard) all ran for touchdowns, and Harford Tech's Isaiah Gills caught a long touchdown pass that helped Baltimore to a 28-7 victory over Washington in the senior all-star game played at the Marvin F. Wilson Stadium at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

Baltimore kept making big plays at the right time throughout the contest, while Washington couldn't come through.

"That was our concept all week, being able to make the right plays and our athletes in the right space," Baltimore coach Anthony Burgos (Franklin) said.

The winners didn't have any turnovers, while Washington had three — all of which came on drives in Baltimore's zone.

Gilman's Wyatt Dickerson intercepted two passes in the first half for Baltimore, and Washington then fumbled inside the 10-yard line in the third quarter, killing another scoring drive.

In addition, Washington missed two field goals in the first half that would have helped its cause.

The first miss came in the first quarter when the home team had to kick into a stiff wind that caused trouble on punts and kicks all night.

The first half was all about chances — the ones on which Baltimore took advantage and those Washington missed.

Westminster quarterback Deryk Kern and Scott combined to help Baltimore take a 7-0 lead on its first possession.

Kern saved the drive when he chased down a bad snap on third-and-5 and quickly turned it into an 8-yard gain. He then found Scott on a short pass that the Poly running back took to the 5-yard line for 28 yards. Scott scored two plays later on a 1-yard run with 10:11 left in the first quarter.

"We definitely wanted to start off quickly," Scott said. "We just ran with the momentum."

Washington missed scoring chances on its first two drives. The home team drove into the red zone twice but missed two field goals to let Baltimore stay on top.

Baltimore then stretched the lead to 14-0 after that second missed kick. Heath Dahlgren (Thomas Johnson) threw a 71-yard pass to Gills along the right sideline with 7:23 remaining in the half. Gills made a nice play by turning back towards Dahlgren after he was under some pressure.

"It was just a go route," Gills said. "The ball was just there and I got it."

After that, Dickerson stopped two Washington drives with his interceptions.

The Gilman safety set up a good scoring chance in the final minute before halftime with his 64-yard interception return, but Jay Patti (Hereford) saw his 32-yard field goal attempt get knocked down by the wind and just miss as time ran out.

Bean stretched the lead to 21-0 with a wild 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He made several tacklers miss, changed direction and cut all the way back across the field and scored to break the game open.

Washington tried to answer with another drive, but James Jones-Williams of Seneca Valley fumbled at the Baltimore 7-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Baltimore recovered and then put the game away with its best drive of the night, a 93-yard march that took up 10 minutes, 10 seconds. Anderson made it 28-0 on a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:35 left in the game.

Arundel's Jack Gordon finally got Washington on the scoreboard with a touchdown pass in the final 2 minutes, but it was too little, too late.