Late TD boosts L. Clifton by Walbrook, 22-16

There haven't been many breaks for Walbrook's football team in the past couple of weeks.

In the second game of the season, the Warriors battled Patterson, before falling by a point. Last week, they were blitzed by No. 1 City in a 34-point loss.


It didn't get any easier yesterday against a Lake Clifton squad that was looking to stay undefeated before its Friday meeting at No. 2 Poly.

The Warriors (2-3, 2-3) got some breaks when they rallied from an early 14-point deficit to take the lead. But the host Lakers got a fourth-quarter touchdown to defeat Walbrook, 22-16, in a Baltimore City 4A League game.


Walbrook junior fullback Kenneth Williams (79 yards) scored from 9 yards with 8:13 left and ran for the two-point conversion. The Warriors got the ball back and held it for a good part of the final quarter, but failed to score, and Lake Clifton (5-0, 5-0) ran out the clock.

"We need that one break, I guess, to get us in there," said Walbrook coach Billy Hice. "We need to play four quarters of football to win. Today, we played three good quarters, but the first quarter really hurt us."

The first quarter hasn't been kind to the Warriors. Last week, three Warriors turnovers helped City jump to a 18-0 first-quarter lead.

On its opening possession yesterday, Walbrook drove to its 49, then was penalized 5 yards. On the next play, David Merritte (63 yards) fumbled and Lake Clifton's Sherman Braxton recovered at the Walbrook 46. Twelve plays later, Williams went in from a yard out and the Lakers had a 7-0 lead with 56 seconds left in the period.

On the first play of the second quarter, Merritte fumbled again, and Dennis Harding recovered for Lake Clifton at Walbrook's 39. It only took three plays before Ricky Matthews went up the middle and spun off a couple Walbrook defenders into the end zone. The extra-point kick made it 14-0 with 11:07 left in the first half.

The Warriors drove to the Lakers' 24 on the next possession, only to fumble again, and the Lakers recovered at their 36. With the ball and momentum in Lake Clifton's favor, Walbrook got a big break.

On third-and-three from the Lakers' 43, Lake Clifton quarterback Derek Estep was hit from behind by Anthony Rollins, and Kowan Robenson picked up the ball and ran 36 yards for a score, closing the gap to 12-8 with 1:30 left in the first half.

Walbrook's defense came up another big play when Richard Harris intercepted a pass from Estep intended for Harding and ran 75 yards for a score. On the conversion play, the Warriors fumbled, but Damon Allen picked up the ball near the goal line and went in, giving the Warriors their only lead with 4:01 left in the quarter. It was the last break Walbrook would get.


Lake Clifton finally was able to move the ball in the fourth quarter, driving 66 yards in eight plays for the winning touchdown. The decisive drive featured a 31-yard pass play from Grate White to Dennis Harding and a 12-yard run by Matthews.