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The Suitland High School football team finds itself in a familiar position after defeating Charles H. Flowers 31-7 on Saturday to reach the Class 4A South Region final next week.
The undefeated Rams (11-0) are scheduled to host DuVal Saturday for the right to advance to the state semifinals.
“I just think the kids play hard every week and they try hard to do their best,” Rams’ coach Ed shields said. “I told them if we get 100 percent effort from everyone, then we have a shot [to win the game]. I told them we get better during the game, but you have to work because if you get take a play off, we can get beat.”
Rams’ senior quarterback Wesley Wolfolk had a splendid afternoon, going 10-for-16 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
Wolfolk helped the Rams score the game’s first points when he connected with Nick Nelson on a beautiful fade pattern for a touchdown to help the Rams establish a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Nelson finished with five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
“We were hungry from these past couple of years because a lot of people said we were not going to make it past [the 4A South Region semifinals],” Nelson said. “We have just practicing hungry all week, going at it. We need to keep working hard in practice and make sure everyone is ready.”
The Rams’ defense also had a big afternoon, limiting the Jaguars to one score — a 16-yard touchdown pass from Brian Brown to Marcel Murray — to tie the score, 7-7, midway through the second quarter.
From that point on, the Jaguars would not advance the ball beyond the Rams’ 34-yard line the remainder of the contest.
“We feel like we have to work hard every week and push ourselves to get better,” Wolfolk said. “DuVal and Wise are very physical teams so we have to have a good week of practice. We just want to correct our mistakes and clean some things up and work to get faster, stronger and smarter.”
For the Jaguars, the afternoon was a debacle; as was the end of their season. Jaguars coach Mike Mayo was ejected in the third quarter after his team was whistled for multiple sideline violations.
On top of that, the season has concluded in disappointing fashion yet again for the Jaguars, who closed the season with four consecutive defeats.
“We made too many mental mistakes offensively and defensively,” Jaguars senior lineman John Robinson said. “We came out as hard as we could and kept fighting, but at the end of the day we did too many things wrong. We had a number of injuries at quarterback and it was difficult to be consistent.”
Suitland 31, Charles H. Flowers 7
Flowers 7 0 0 0 — 7
Suitland 7 6 12 6 — 31
S — Nelson 32 pass from Wolfolk (kick)
F — Murray 16 pass from Brown (kick)
S — Burke 22 pass from Wolfolk
S — Wolfolk 1 run
S — Wigfall 34 pass from Wolfolk
Suitland — Wesley Wolfolk 10-16-208-1
Flowers — Brian Brown 6-18-97-2
Suitland — Robert Wigfall 11-43; Josh Burke 5-5; Avery Wood 3-15; Wesley Wolfolk 6-22; Tevin Singleton1-25
Flowers — Michael Shannon 8-18; Maurice Wright 8-54; Jaiver Hylton 4-9; Marcel Murray 2 - (-9);
Suitland — Nick Nelson 5-83; Steven Rivers 2-34; Josh Burke 2-24; Robert Wigfall 1-34; Tevin Singleton 1-20
Flowers — Bentley Ukonu 1-26; Miguel McIntosh 4-55; Michael Shannon 1-16