UPPER MARLBORO – On a blazing hot day in Upper Marlboro, the Frederick Douglass Eagles brought the heat to Largo and demolished the Lions with a convincing 38-3 win.
The combination of senior quarterback Ja’Juan Payton-Glover and sophomore running back Malik Pettaway was just too much for the Lions to handle. Payton-Glover finished the game 7-of-10 passing for 95 yards and two touchdowns, while Pettaway caught one of those touchdown passes and totaled 172 yards of offense to go along with three total touchdowns.
“That came from a long week of practice,” Payton-Glover said about the offense’s performace. “We all worked together and executed.
“(Malik) is great. He can do everything. He can catch, run, return. All of that. He’s a good teammate.”
The game did not start out the way the scoreboard indicated. Largo struck first with a field goal midway through the first quarter. However the lead was extremely short-lived. Douglass responded on the very next play with a 92-yard kick return for a touchdown by Pettaway. The Eagles then went for two points and converted.
Douglass did not let up in the second quarter as Payton-Glover hooked up with senior wide receiver Jalen Grubbs on a 28-yard touchdown pass. Kevin Broome ran in for the two-point conversion, and just like that, Douglass led Largo 16-3 going into halftime.
“After halftime, the coaches talked to us and told us we had to fix some things and then we went and got it done,” Pettaway said.
In the second half, the Eagles continued to control the game on both sides of the ball. Payton-Glover threw his second touchdown to Pettaway on a 35-yard strike. Then, senior Steven Jones ran it in for Douglass’ third straight two-point conversion to put the Eagles up 24-3 with 8:12 to go in the third.
Broome, who had four carries for 40 yards in the game, ran in for his first touchdown of the contest with 21 seconds remaining in the third. He then pulled off the two-point conversion to make the score 32-3 going into the final quarter.
Pettaway put his final touches on a great game by as he ran it in from 13 yards out for his third touchdown of the game. The score gave Douglass a 38-3 lead, which ended up being the final. Douglass has now won four games in a row and is undefeated on the season.
“If we stay healthy and we execute our game plan, I think we have a team that can contend,” Douglass Head Coach Julius Pinkney said. “I think our program is at a point where I feel it can contend every year. I think this group of guys play hard, they love each other, and they love being around each other. I believe that we have really good continuity.”
The Lions fall to 2-2 on the season. To add insult to injury, starting quarterback Jermaine Flowers went down with an injury in the third quarter and did not return.
“It was a war of attrition out there today,” Largo Head Coach Derron Thomas said. “It’s pretty warm, not to make excuses for these guys, but we don’t have a deep team. We are not very experienced. We got a lot of younger guys playing prominent roles for us. We just got to reflect on the process and get better day-by-day.
“It was a good learning experience for us today to come out and play against one of the most dominant teams in our county over the past two decades or so. We are going to go home and get his (Flowers) injury evaluated and see where we are.”