The Patterson High School Clippers of Baltimore City booked their first trip to the Maryland football semifinals in nine years with a surprising upset of the Dunbar Poets last week. Unfortunately for Patterson, the magic didn’t extend to their semifinals appearance as the Clippers were dominated by Patuxent, 42-8, on Nov. 30 at Patuxent’s home stadium in southern Calvert County, Md.
Patuxent leapt out to an early lead, scoring three unanswered touchdowns within the first 10 minutes of action. The Patuxent players said building an early lead was the key to winning the game; Patterson wouldn’t be able to utilize their trademark running game if the lead was too sizable.
“That was the game plan, to knock them off from the beginning,” said Patuxent senior running back Rafiq Douglas, who rushed for nearly 150 yards and three touchdowns. “A lot of the games we had, the teams hung around with us. So we knew that a good, physical, athletic team like [Patterson] had to get knocked off at the start.”
Patterson head coach Larry Mitchell said his team was still caught up in the emotions of upsetting Dunbar last week and Patuxent was able to take advantage.
“The fact is, we played a good team tonight, and it was hard getting our kids over that game last week,” Mitchell told reporters after the game. “It was almost like their championship game, and it took a lot out of our preparation.”
Patterson finished the season with a 9-4 overall record, and still has not made it to a state championship game in school history. Patuxent advanced to 13-0 and will take on Middletown in the 2A state championship on Dec. 7 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.