Stuck at its own 1-yard line in the third quarter of Saturday’s Maryland 4A South region final against Wise, Suitlandlined up with an empty backfield and sent quarterback Wesley Wolfolk back to pass. The junior signal-caller took three steps into the end zone and never even had a chance to cock his arm before seniors Jai Franklin and D’Angelo Niler swarmed him for a safety.
Paced by its defense, third-ranked Wise never allowed No. 10 Suitland to get comfortable in a 41-6 win in Upper Marlboro that clinched its fourth region title in five years. The Pumas (12-0) avenged last fall’s playoff loss to the Rams and advanced to host East region champion Meade (10-2) in a state semifinal next Saturday.
“The memo all week was if they don’t score on offense they ain’t going to win the game,” said senior linebacker Frank Porter, who returned a third-quarter interception for a score and also recovered a fumble. “We gave up a fluke [touchdown] at the end of the game, but honestly, all game they couldn’t do nothing on us. . . . That’s the Wise way.”