Three interceptions and a botched punt snap cooled the Gwynn Park High School football team’s hot start to the 2011 season. Saturday afternoon, the Yellow Jackets dropped to 2-1 as they lost, 14-6, on the road against rival Frederick Douglass in a Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A League game.
The Eagles’ secondary intercepted Gwynn Park sophomore quarterback Jay Adams three times, and Douglass (2-1) did just enough on offense to notch the victory.
“That was something,” said Eagles Coach J.C. Pinkney. “It’s one of those things when we played Gwynn Park, the chances are 50-50. Their guys were amped up, our guys were amped up, and we knew it was going to be a good football game. We had some missed chances, but they did too. We have to learn from them and hopefully next time we can execute.”
Opportunities missed played a bigger role in the outcome than plays made.
It was the Yellow Jackets who got the game’s first turnover, when Michael Wingard intercepted Douglass quarterback Taitor Reynolds in the first quarter, setting up the Yellow Jackets on the Eagles 30-yard line. Fullback Dewayne Staton scored on a three-yard run to give Gwynn Park a 6-0 lead. Staton finished with a game-high 75 yards rushing on 13 carries.