With four seconds remaining and Douglass in need of a score at the Patuxent 9-yard line during Saturday’s Maryland 2A South region semifinal, Paul Harris wasn’t surprised when his number was called. It’s the play that threw off the Douglass senior wide receiver.
“When Coach [J.C. Pinkney] said ‘Paul, go out for the field goal,’ I was kind of shocked because I thought we were going to go for the touchdown on a jump ball or something to me,” said Harris, whose team had not kicked an extra point all game. “Once he said that, though, I just blocked everything out, kept my head low and followed through.”
Harris calmly proceeded to kick a 26-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired, giving Douglass a thrilling 29-27 victory in Upper Marlboro. Harris acts as the team’s place kicker, and made field goals earlier this season, but rarely attempts them. He also finished with 168 receiving yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (10-1), who will host Gwynn Park (10-1) in the 2A South region final next week.