Patterson drowns out Forest Park, 14-0

Patterson coach Roger Wrenn figured yesterday's torrential conditions favored the heavier Forest Park linemen. But his undersized Clippers dug into a muddy field and pulled out a 14-0 Baltimore City Division I victory on the road.

The win raised the sixth-ranked Clippers to 3-0 in the league, 5-0 overall, and dropped Forest Park to 3-2, 0-2.


Senior Dorian Bostic's score from 6 yards out came during a first half in which he gained 143 of his game-high 164 yards. An earlier safety, on an end-zone tackle by Solomon Jenkins, had given the Clippers a 2-0 lead. Patterson led by 14 midway through the second quarter, after senior Chris Ferguson's 7-yard scoring run.

"The first half we came out pretty strong, but the weather was a disadvantage for us. The ball was slippery, and that slowed us down, but our defense came through," said Bostic, who fumbled twice. "The game was won in the middle of the field where we capitalized on their mistakes, stopped them in more key situations than they stopped us."


Senior Derrick Irvin and junior Tyron Brown recovered fumbles for Patterson, whose offensive line of Jenkins, George Bennett, Stanley Eppes, David Garrett, Malik Peoples and Justin Thompson average 6 feet 2, 185 pounds.

In the slick conditions, Forest Park's explosive Alan Singletary was unable to make effective cuts or use his speed to get outside. Whenever he carried the ball, he was swarmed by Patterson defenders.

Singletary gained only 35 of his 96 yards in the first half. He had an interception as a defensive back on a team that made a fourth-quarter goal-line stand.

"We played hard, we feel good about ourselves," Singletary said, "especially considering Patterson is known for blowing teams out and we held them to 12 points."