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Baptist Hill ready to make another run in Class A

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hollywood – Despite losing two games to cancellations, the Baptist Hill football team enters the Class A state playoffs on a six-game winning streak.

The Bobcats lost their first two games of the season but have reeled off six straight wins en route to a second consecutive region 4-A championship. Baptist Hill achieved that region title in dramatic fashion, overcoming a 13-point deficit to St. John’s in the fourth quarter and pulling out a 28-27 win in the final two minutes.

Baptist Hill head coach Marion Brown feels his team’s never quit attitude will serve them well in the playoffs.

“They just keep playing, keep working and things work out,” Brown said. “This team won’t quit. They believe in themselves and they believe in each other. I was never worried. I felt like we would find a way to win the game (with St. John’s). They have heart, lot of heart.”

The Bobcats opened the season with losses to Oceanside Collegiate (17-8) and Garrett Tech (12-6). The obvious lack of offense had to be addressed and Brown made a big move. The coach took all-state receiver Rashad Maxwell and moved him to quarterback. Maxwell has responded with nearly 1,500 yards passing and 22 touchdowns.

“We had to do something and I really hesitated moving Maxwell because he’s such a dynamic receiver,” Brown said. “But he did it willingly. He’s a team guy and he said if it would help the team, he would do it. He’s been great. The offense has taken off with him.”

Running back Jay Burnell also has been a key factor as Brown opts to run the football more than he has in the past. Burnell has topped 1,000 yards on the ground and remains a key receiver as well.

Sophomore receiver Terrence Brown has been great as well with more than 800 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. Junior Raequan Holmes also has been solid as a receiver.

The Bobcats have been very good defensively since the 0-2 start. Baptist Hill allowed three touchdowns during a five-game span before allowing two scores against St. John’s.

Among the leaders defensively are seniors William Rowe, Jamar Barron, Jamal Barron and Deshawn Stephens. Juniors Donte Gilliard, Tiquain Bright and Kenneth Horry, along with sophomores Donnel Gathers and Savion Townsend have been consistent performers as well.

With a bye in the first-round of the Lower State playoffs, the Bobcats will host a second-round game on November 16 against the winner of Military Magnet/Branchville.



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