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Patterson rolls to 34-14 win over Carver in football

For The Baltimore Sun
Montrea Edwards threw two touchdown passes, and Eric Senior ran for two scores to lead the Clippers.

Carver helped visiting Patterson a little too much in the Ravens RISE High School Showdown on Friday.

The Bears repeatedly gave the Clippers good field position with short kickoffs, punts or turnovers, and Patterson often took advantage. Montrea Edwards threw two touchdown passes, and Eric Senior ran for two scores as the Clippers rolled to a 34-14 victory over Carver in a Baltimore City matchup.

All five Clippers touchdowns came from either turnovers or short drives resulting from short punts or kicks. They had scoring drives of 16, 27, 36, 54 and 59 yards and never got pinned deep in their own territory.

"Miscues were our undoing," Carver coach Mark Burnham said. "They're a well-coached team, but they made us pay for our mistakes."

The win helped Patterson end a frustrating season on a good note. The Clippers finished 3-7 after making the region finals last year but have several young players who should help them improve.

Patterson coach Larry Mitchell is thinking about the future but wanted the Clippers to play hard in the season finale.

"We've always had something to play for [late]," he said. "But we played for pride today. [We were] just looking forward to the future today."

Patterson ran frequently in the first quarter, with several younger guys playing while often using the Wildcat formation, and the Clippers quickly took command.

After Patterson recovered a fumbled punt after its first series, it didn't need to drive far. The Clippers recovered the ball at the Carver 16-yard line and scored four plays later on Senior's 4-yard run.

Carver (1-8) dug itself a hole with a 17-yard punt midway through the second quarter. The Clippers started at the Bears 36 and scored on Ryan Boatwright's 19-yard run four plays later. Senior ran for the 2-point conversion for a 14-0 lead with 3:30 left in the half.

Anthony Bell got Carver its first points with a 50-yard scoring run on a fumble recovery early in the second half. Quarterback Jeff Richards ran for the 2-point conversion to make it 14-8.

But Patterson dominated after that. A short kickoff again gave the Clippers great field position. Starting from their 41, the Clippers scored on Edwards' 23-yard touchdown pass to Travis Brown-Bey for a 20-8 lead.

A bad snap that Patterson recovered deep in Carver territory set up another Clippers touchdown. Edwards threw a 13-yard scoring pass to Keon Williamson and Damian Jackson ran for 2 points and a 28-8 lead on the third quarter's final play.

Richards threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Dayquis Moore early in the fourth quarter before another short kickoff — neither team used a tee the entire game — set up Senior's 16-yard scoring run for the final margin.

"It took a while to get into the groove," Edwards said. "It took time for everything to click on offense. We got better as the game went on."

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P  6 8 14 6 - 34

C  0 0 8 6 - 14

P- Senior 4 run (pass failed)

P- Boatwright 19 run (Senior run)

C- Bell 50 fumble return (Richards run)

P- Brown-Bey 23 pass from Edwards (pass failed)

P- K. Williamson 13 pass from Edwards (Jackson run)

C- Moore 32 pass from Richards (run failed)

P- Senior 16 run (pass failed)