Early in the second quarter of Saturday afternoon's football game between Largo High School and Crossland, Lions' defensive back Tevon Littleton got beat.
He let his man slip past him, into a soft coverage area of the secondary. The pass was right on target, but the receiver dropped the ball and Littleton exhaled.
On Crossland's next drive, the Cavaliers again passed in Littleton's direction. This time, however, he was locked in. Littleton, a junior, jumped the route to intercept Crossland quarterback Jacquel Felder. On the next play, Largo quarterback Kenneth Darby connected with Littleton, now playing wide receiver, on a 48-yard touchdown pass to put the Lions ahead by two scores.
They never looked back.
Largo's defense, led by a three-interception day from sophomore Myles Wolfolk, picked off three different Crossland pass-throwers a total of five times, and the Lions improved to 2-5 with a 27-6 victory against the Cavs on a chilly and overcast afternoon at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex.
“Coach told me to read my keys, so I did that and I came up with the pick,” Littleton said. “We played as a team. Basically, we put everything together and had a good performance.”
Wolfolk, who has seven interceptions this year, and senior Joshua Washington both returned interceptions for touchdowns in the convincing win for first-year coach Derron Thomas' squad.
“We forced them to turn the ball over a little bit. That's something we've been missing,” Thomas said. “We've got a young, inexperienced team. Some of the games that we lost early in the season, we just made a whole lot of mistakes and didn't give ourselves a chance to win. Today, we cleaned up some of the mistakes.”
Littleton finished the game with three catches for 66 yards as the Lions' leading receiver. And while Largo's offense gained only 170 total yards, the performance by the defense was more than enough to send Crossland to its sixth loss of the year. In all, Cavaliers' quarterbacks went 2-for-10 for 16 yards and threw five picks.
“We've still got a lot to work on, we've still got to get a lot better, but I was proud of the effort,” Thomas said.
Washington could have had a three-touchdown afternoon were it not for penalties. Twice he scored on electrifying plays and twice they were called back. On the first, he scooped up a punt near the home sideline and sprinted 70 yards into the end zone. On the second, he intercepted Felder toward the end of the third quarter and returned it 51 yards untouched. His pick-six that did stand came on the first play of the second half when the Cavaliers attempted a halfback pass (one of many they tried on the afternoon) that Washington hauled in at the 40-yard-line and returned 60 yards.
“I can't be mad,” Washington said. “I wanted [the touchdowns], but we still came out successful, so I can't be mad at all. We played hard and we played how we wanted to play.”
Crossland's turnovers made for a disjointed day for first-year coach Brian Ford's offense, despite the work of senior running back Justin Harris, who gained 95 yards on 13 carries. Harris also accounted for the Cavs' only touchdown of the day when he sprinted through the middle of Largo's defense for a 30-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The six points allowed by Largo were a season low, while the Lions reached double digits in scoring for only the third time this year. They'll take on Frederick Douglass next Saturday while Crossland is scheduled to visit Surrattsville.
Largo 27, Crossland 6
at Prince George's County Sports & Learning Complex
Largo (2-5) 6 7 7 7 — 27
Crossland (1-6) 0 0 0 6 — 6
L — Derek Durham 16 run (kick failed), 6:15
L — Tevon Littleton 48 pass from Kenneth Darby (Myles Wolfolk kick), 1:52
L — Joshua Washington 60 interception return (Myles Wolfolk kick), 11:38
C — Justin Harris 30 run (pass failed), 11:27
L — Myles Wolfolk 34 interception return (Myles Wolfolk kick), 4:29
Largo — Bobbye Tolliver 12-41, Nyeim Risien 1-0, Calaunte Winston 12-41, Edward Mackall 2-2, Desean Moore 1-(-1), Kenneth Darby 1-(-14)
Crossland — Justin Harris 13-95, Joseph Fletcher 7-41, Rico Williams 11-33, No. 42 2-13, Jaquan Stevenson 4-(-4), Jacquel Felder 4-(-15)
Largo — Kenneth Darby 6-10-101-0
Crossland — Jacquel Felder 2-7-16-3, Joseph Fletcher 0-2-0-1, No. 13 0-1-0-1
Largo — Tevon Littleton 3-66, Calaunte Winston 1-16, Derek Durham 1-13, Desean Moore 1-6
Crossland — Joseph Fletcher 1-14, Joshua Simmons 1-2