In those crucial five minutes, the Clippers surrendered 20 points to the Red Storm, which ultimately hung on to a 34-22 win over Patterson.
“It’s tough, working hard all week and then coming out here and getting the loss,” senior running back Derwin Beasley said. “We should have won the game. There are things we could have done differently to win the game. It’s all about focus and listening to what Coach says.”
With 4:44 remaining in the first half, Edmondson quarterback Tyjuan Eaton threw a 19-yard touchdown to Devon Graham. The Red Storm converted the 2-point conversion to go ahead 8-6. Patterson fumbled the ensuing kickoff to give the ball back to Edmondson, which then scored again three plays later when Eaton found running back Lawrence Jackson for a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Patterson rolled the dice on its next drive, going for it on fourth down from its own 35 and failing to convert. Three plays later, Red Storm running back Steve Everette ran the ball for a 20-yard touchdown to put Edmondson up 20-6.
“It seemed like it was going downhill real fast,” Patterson coach Corey Johnson said. “We ended up giving up 20 points in that quick span. That’s tough. It’s tough to beat a good team like Edmondson when you put yourself in a hole like that.”
The Clippers were without senior quarterback Craig Oliver for the second consecutive week due to wrist and shoulder injuries. Wide receiver Pete Carter moved to quarterback to take over for Oliver. Johnson said he’s hopeful but unsure if Oliver will be available for Friday’s season finale against Dunbar.
Carter finished the game completing seven of 31 passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns. The Clippers were forced to throw once Edmondson jumped to its lead and began keying on the run. Johnson said the Clippers spent last week at practice spreading the field out in five-receiver sets, but that they didn’t execute as well as they could have against the Red Storm.
“We needed to make some more plays offensively,” Johnson said.
On Patterson’s first drive of the game, the Clippers moved the ball successfully down the field. Carter capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown pass to receiver Anthony Dandridge.
Down 20-6 in the third quarter, Patterson got back in the game with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Carter to receiver Nyme Manns. Beasley caught the 2-point conversion pass to cut Edmondson’s lead to 20-14. But the Red Storm answered on their next drive as Everette ran in another touchdown, this time from three yards out. A 2-point conversion gave Edmondson a 28-14 lead.
Once again Patterson fought back. After recovering a fumble at Edmondson’s 25 yard line, Carter ran the ball 24 yards down to the 1. Beasley punched in a 1-yard touchdown and caught the following 2-point conversion to trim Edmondson’s lead to 28-22 with 4:19 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Patterson wasn’t done yet. On an Edmondson third down following Patterson’s score, sophomore Dreshon Jones blitzed Eaton, who dropped back to pass, and forced a fumble. A scrum followed with Patterson coming up with the ball at the bottom of a large pile. But officials ultimately ruled a Red Storm player was the first one to pounce on the ball. Instead of Patterson starting with the ball in Edmonson territory, the Clippers received a punt and started from their own 30.
After two incompletions, Carter threw an interception to Edmondson linebacker Eric Tate, who returned it for a touchdown, sealing the game for the Red Storm. On the ground, Carter led the way with 120 yards on eight carries. Beasley picked up 42 rushing yards on 12 carries.
The loss to Edmondson gave the Clippers three losses in the regular season for the first time since 2008. If the Clippers want to make the playoffs then they have to beat rival Dunbar this Friday.
The Clippers have won the last two meetings against Dunbar, though Johnson is telling his team the past success means nothing this season.
“Right now it’s just one game,” Johnson said. “We have to win one game. If we want to have any playoff aspirations we have to win that game.”
For Beasley, he doesn’t want Friday’s game to be his last.
“Our focus this week is for the seniors,” Beasley said. “This could be our last game. We’ve been out here playing for 10, 11 years. All this heart we put in the game, we’re going to be ready. We’re going to come dogs out.”
by Jason Butt