Patterson coach Roger Wrenn knows from experience how difficult it is to defeat a good team twice, not to mention in consecutive games.
The ninth-ranked Clippers accomplished the feat, however, defeating No. 15 Lake Clifton, 18-8, in a Class 4A state football quarterfinal yesterday at Poly's Lumsden-Scott Stadium.
Patterson, which had beaten the Lakers on Nov. 5, 28-12, will meet Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County in a semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday at Poly.
"When two good teams have played each other, the team that's won sometimes forgets how hard it was to win and the team that's lost always has great incentive to win the second time," Wrenn said.
"On at least two occasions while I've coached at Patterson, we've been beaten badly by a team and then played them later on in the playoffs and won just because we had something to prove."
In this matchup, however, it was the same result, different day.
Senior running back Tony Smithson rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries to lead the Clippers' smash-mouth offense. Smithson ran for 143 yards and two scores in the previous game against Lake Clifton (7-4).
A gritty defensive effort by Patterson (10-1) also contributed to the victory.
The Lakers, who out-gained the Clippers in total offense (276 yards to 223) and had more first downs (16-11), drove into Patterson territory six times, but came away with just one touchdown.
Three Lake Clifton possessions in the fourth quarter ended with interceptions of passes by Ronald Jefferson (14-for-28 for 196 yards with one touchdown), who was under constant pressure.
Patterson took advantage of favorable field position on all three of its scoring drives, which began at its 45 and at the Lakers' 43 and 33. The last two were the result of a partially blocked punt and a 16-yard punt, respectively.
After Lake Clifton turned over the ball on downs on its opening possession, Smithson ran 49 yards -- his path cleared with a block by Alexis Carter -- on Patterson's second play from scrimmage to give the Clippers a 6-0 lead.
Smithson's 22-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter made it 12-0. He added an 8-yard scoring run in the third.
Lake Clifton scored on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson to Tyreek Smith (seven catches for 142 yards) and a two-point conversion run by Alan Carr that cut its deficit to 12-8 with 9: 46 left in the second quarter.
Saturday No.3 Eleanor Roosevelt (9-2) vs. No. 2 Patterson (10-1) at Poly, 11 a.m.
Friday No. 7 Randallstown (9-2) at No. 3 Thomas Stone (11-0)
Friday No. 5 Hereford (11-0) at No. 1 Urbana (10-0)
Saturday No. 3 Howard (10-1) vs. No. 2 Edmondson (11-0) at Poly, 2 p.m.
Semifinals, Friday (7: 30 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.). Seed number precedes each team. Higher seed is host.