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Prep football: North Stafford escapes against Potomac
BY STEVE DeSHAZO
North Stafford’s 2011 season ended with a heartbreaking loss. Its 2012 campaign might have begun with another one—if not for Anthony Shegog.
The Wolverines’ Virginia Tech-bound senior made the two biggest plays (one on each side of the ball) of Friday night’s 13–8 victory over visiting Potomac.
Shegog’s second-quarter 97-yard touchdown dash put North Stafford on the scoreboard first. Then, with the Panthers driving for a potential game-tying touchdown, he stripped Potomac quarterback Lorenzo Jacobs of the ball at the North Stafford 7 to preserve the victory.
Jacobs had broken through the Wolverines’ line for a 35-yard gain before Shegog extricated the ball and teammate Nakia Thomas recovered it.
“I saw somebody had [Jacobs] held up, and I saw my chance to reach over his shoulder and cause a fumble,” Shegog said. “I knew it would be a big play for one of us. Fortunately, I was able to strip it.”
That wasn’t the first time the Wolverines denied the Panthers (1–1) near the goal line. Midway through the second period, Tyler Bailey intercepted Jacobs’ pass at the North Stafford 3.
On the next snap, Shegog burst through the line and outraced Potomac’s defense to the end zone.
“The play was supposed to go inside, but one of their guys was there,” Shegog said. “So I bounced it outside, made the safety miss and I was off to the races.”
Shegog’s score and an 18-yard third-quarter touchdown run gave the Wolverines a 13–0 lead. But the Panthers—who are playing all their games on the road this season while their stadium is being refurbished—wouldn’t quit.
Jacobs threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Carlos Duncan with 4:09 left to make it 13–6. The Panthers then forced North Stafford into a three-and-out and took over at midfield. On fourth and 2, Jacobs burst down the right sideline—only to lose the ball while struggling for more yardage.
“How can you blame the kid?” Potomac coach Jerry Roadcap said. “He didn’t have his best game, but he kept fighting. We lost to a good team tonight. We hope to see them again [in the Northwest Region playoffs].”
The Wolverines aren’t thinking that far ahead. They’ve got a key Commonwealth District opener at Mountain View next Friday, and they hope to be sharper.
“Every play, we seemed to make one mistake or have one breakdown, or penalty, or fumble,” coach Joe Mangano said. “We weren’t as crisp as we usually are.”
Potomac 0 0 0 8 — 8
North Stafford 0 6 7 0 — 13
NS-A. Shegog 97-yard run (pass failed)
NS-V. Purvis 17-yard run (A. Slye kick)
Po-C. Duncan 18-yard pass from L. Jacobs (kick blocked)
Po-Safety, A. Slye tackled in end zone
First downs14 9
Rushing yardage35-172 41-189
Passing yardage162 115
Rushing:North Stafford—Anthony Shegog 16-133, TD; Cedrick Watkins 11-47; Von Purvis 12-28, TD; Brandon Ravenel 1-(-3); Joey Slye 1-(-16). Potomac—Torrey Dixon 17-61; Lorenzo Jacobs 7-48; Jervontie Pickett 3-30; A.J. Payton 6-24; Steven Hill 2-9.
Passing:North Stafford—Von Purvis 5-8-0 115. Potomac—Lorenzo Jacobs 10-21-1 162, TD.
Receiving:North Stafford—Brandon Ravenel 3-80; Cedrick Watkins 1-19; Darnell Parker 1-16. Potomac—Carlos Duncan 5-96, TD; Charles Mack 1-33; Torrey Dixon 3-23; A.J. Payton 1-10.
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