Only one number mattered to Douglass' football team in Friday afternoon's regular-season finale — zero.
Not the zero on the visitors' side of the Douglass scoreboard, but the zero in the loss column of the Ducks' record.
With their 34-0 win over Carver, the Ducks finished the regular season 10-0 for the first time in school history. That's a long time, because this marked the 70th Westside Gridiron Classic rivalry game between the two Baltimore City programs.
"We wanted that 10-0 record to get the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and tell people we're coming," Ducks linebacker Donyae Moody said.
In his fifth season, coach Elwood Townsend, last year's All-Metro Coach of the year, has the Ducks on a steady incline, building on last fall's 7-4 turnaround season that followed a 3-7 finish in 2011.
Being 10-0 "means a lot to this school," Townsend said. "The whole atmosphere, the environment has been different. These guys came out here day in and day out since Aug.  and this has been our mission, the whole season thus far."
This is the second straight year the Ducks have qualified for the playoffs and the third time in school history. They secured the No. 1 seed in Class 1A North region and will play at home next weekend.
Friday, the Bears (8-2) gave the Ducks all they could handle for 22 minutes of scoreless football. Carver, however, made a costly error that sparked the Ducks offense.
Bears quarterback Derek Mason fumbled the ball on Carver's 26-yard line and Antonio Dubose recovered for the Ducks. Six plays later on third-and-23, Ducks quarterback Cameron West ran 25 yards for a 6-0 lead.
"We ran crosses across the middle," West said, "and I didn't see a lane open so I came around back door."
In the second half, the Ducks scored on all four drives. Azariah Bratton-Bey (seven carries for 58 yards) ran for two touchdowns, Da'Quan Alexander (17 carries for 109 yards) ran for another and Antonio Thornton hit Donte Smith with a 6-yard halfback pass for a touchdown.
This was the fifth shutout in seven games for a Ducks defense that has allowed just 42 points this season. Marquis Mason had an interception that set up Bratton-Bey's second touchdown, which gave the Ducks a 28-0 lead in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.
The Bears, who began the season with eight straight wins, are also playoff bound for the third time in school history. They advance in Class 2A North and, like the Ducks, are looking for their first state title,
Carver missed some opportunities early against the Ducks and had too many negative-yardage runs against the swarming Douglass defense. Mason just missed connecting with an open receiver in the end zone on Carver's first drive.
"Their no huddle offense started to wear us down a little bit and we had a couple guys going both ways," Carver coach Ron Wallace said. "We just missed a couple tackles here and there and it was just kind of a ripple effect."
C 0 0 0 0 – 0
D 0 6 14 14 – 34
D—West 25 run (pass failed)
D—Alexander 4 run (West run)
D—Bratton-Bey 4 run (run failed)
D—Bretton-Bey 8 run (West run)
D—Thornton 6 pass from D.Smith (run failed)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun