In the first half, the Suitland High School football team used its speed back to build a lead. In the second half, Suitland relied on its power back to preserve the advantage.
The speed back? Anthony Squire.
The power back? Anthony Squire.
The versatile Squire finished with 205 yards and two touchdowns, including what would be the game-winner, to lead Suitland to a 21-14 victory at DuVal High School in a 4A South semifinal Saturday. Suitland advances to the 4A South title game against Henry A. Wise thanks to Squire sprinting past defenders in the first half and crashing through them in the second.
“He knows, when it’s grind time, he gets in his grind,” Suitland coach Ed Shields said. “And when he’s in his grind, I’m fine.”
Squire broke runs of 37 and 46 yards to set up an 8-yard touchdown run in the first quarter helping Suitland build a 14-0 lead once quarterback Wesley Wolfork added a 58-yard rushing touchdown.
None of Squire’s second-half runs gained more than 16 yards, but he still had 24 carries for 114 yards after halftime alone.
Squire said he was running to avenge Suitland's 20-point regular-season loss to DuVal, the Rams’ only loss of the season.
“I just had in my mind, ‘26-6.’ Remember that score. Remember the push,” Squire said. “I wasn’t going to let that happen again for my team.”
Squire ran for seven yards on a fourth-and-4 in the fourth quarter, and on the next play, he ran for a 2-yard touchdown. That gave Suitland a 21-7 lead and capped a 98-yard drive that lasted 10:43.
DuVal, led by Shamik Perry’s 169 rushing yards, scored on its next drive and recovered an onside kick.
But Suitland defensive end Javon Webster — nicknamed “Outta Control” because of his relentless work ethic in the weight room — had the answer. As he had several times already, Webster applied pressure in the backfield, this time forcing an errant pass, and Ohio State recruit Taivon Jacobs intercepted it.
Then, Squire ran for three yards on a third-and-3 — allowing Suitland to run out the clock, giving him 200 yards and providing further proof of his short-yardage credentials.
“He does have different styles,” Shields said. “That’s what makes him so good. He’s just so tough. He is one of the ultimate runners.”
The victory gives Suitland (10-1), in its 11th straight postseason, playoff wins in consecutive years for the first time since 2006 and 2007. DuVal (9-2), on the hand, was playing in just its first playoff game since 2007 and second since 1989.
“They fought hard,” DuVal coach Dameon Powell said of his team. “It’s a good season all around. Nobody thought we would be here.”
Shields also praised the fight of his team, specifically Squire, who wore his mouthpiece during Shields’ postgame speech as if he were ready for carries. As Shields noted, Shields also plays every snap at linebacker and doesn’t get a break even when the opponent is backed up in its own territory.
“We don’t do that, because he — ,” Shields said, pausing abruptly before continuing, “because he’s Anthony Squire.”
Suitland 21, DuVal 14
Suitland (10-1) 14 0 0 7 — 21
DuVal (9-2) 0 7 0 7 — 14
S — Anthony Squire 8 run (Kelcey Thomas kick)
S — Wesley Wolfork 58 run (Kelcey Thomas kick)
D — Natio Scales 1 run (Denzel Sesay kick)
S — Anthony Squire 2 run (Kelcey Thomas kick)
D — Jamal Woodlawn 7 pass from Natio Scales (Denzel Sesay kick)
Suitland — Anthony Squire 28-205; Wesley Wolfork 4-60; Robert Wigfall 3-11; Taivon Jacobs 1-7; Joshua Burke 1-3.
DuVal —Shamik Perry 23-169; Karee Mines 7-22; Devon Ellis 1-2; Brandon Whitaker 1-(-1); Denzel Sesay 2-(-2); Natio Scales 6-(-9).
Suitland — Wesley Wolfork 2-7-25-1.
DuVal — Antoine Brooks 1-2-37-1; Natio Scales 3-11-23-1.
Suitland — Robert Wigfall 2-25.
DuVal — Ope Baiyewu 2-41; Jamal Woodlawn 1-7; Tyree Holmes 1-6.