Warriors wear Breast Cancer Awareness uniforms in stunning victory over Towson; Briscoe shines late (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Nelson Coffin
Wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness on Senior Night, Woodlawn made Towson High’s football team feel blue after pulling off a stunning 28-22 victory on Friday night on a 70-yard punt return by Jordan Briscoe with 93 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter at Kevin W, Liles Stadium in western Baltimore County.
The Generals were seemingly on their way to claiming a narrow 22-20 verdict after back-to-back sacks by juniors Alex Simet and Javon Brown gave Towson possession at the Warriors’ 32-yard line with three minutes left in regulation.
After a couple of runs that were designed to keep possession and force Woodlawn to use its timeouts, the Generals decided to pooch punt on fourth down.
However, after a low snap the ball appeared to have been partially blocked by hard-charging interior linemen, and it was collected at the 30-yard line by Briscoe, who hesitated for a moment before motoring down the left sideline for the winning score as Woodlawn clinched the Baltimore County Division III title.
“We were going after (the punt),” first-year Woodlawn coach Elwood Townsend said. “Towson has a great kicker, and I think he was trying to put it in the corner. Luckily, it fell into Jordan’s hands and we didn’t do anything stupid, like block in the back.”
By guiding his team to a 6-3 record — matching Towson’s seasonal mark — after Woodlawn was 2-8 last fall, Townsend has worked his magic touch with the Warriors after having similar results at Baltimore City schools Reginald Lewis and Douglas.
“It’s a mindset,” he said. “I’m a fiery coach and I think the kids kind of try to take on the personality of their coach.”
He also said that team-bonding, such as a trip to Western Maryland to scrimmage Fort Hill, had paid big dividends.
“We went up there and got knocked around a little bit,” Townsend said. “I wanted to see how the kids would react.”
They certainly reacted well on Friday, considering they faced a 22-14 deficit with just over nine minutes remaining in the third quarter after Towson junior Brian Carter’s 1-yard plunge for a touchdown.
Carter, one of at least four quarterbacks Towson coach Ryan Pattillo uses in his single wing alignment, had tossed a 62-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wideout Karan Ball to put the Generals on top, 15-14, late in the first half.
Senior Roger Holcombe raced 26 yards for Towson’s first TD on the game’s initial possession.
Woodlawn’s earlier scores came on a 16-yard scamper by senior Marquis Ragin, an 8-yard run by senior Reginald Ray and a 15-yard pass from Ragin to sophomore Kiran Thompson.
“It was a great game between two evenly-matched teams,” Pattillo said. “Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don’t. Penalties crushed us today.”
Briscoe topped off his banner night by intercepting Carter’s desperation heave with under a minute remaining in the contest.
The Warriors will travel to Sparrows Point next Friday in an attempt to build momentum by heading into the postseason with another win.
Towson hopes to get back on the winning track when it visits Pikesville on Friday.
WOODLAWN 28, TOWSON 22
THS 7 8 7 0 — 22
WHS 6 8 0 14 — 28
THS-Roger Holcombe 26 run (Leighton Bechtel kick)
WHS-Marquis Ragin 16 run (pass failed)
WHS-Reginald Ray 8 run (Ragin pass to Jerran Jackson)
THS-Karan Bell 62 pass from Brian Carter (Carter run)
HS-Brian Carter 1 run (Leighton Bechtel kick)
WHS-Kiran Thompson 15 pass from Marquis Ragin (run failed)
WHS-Jordan Briscoe 70 punt return (Ray run)