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The Suitland High School-Henry A. Wise football rivalry has gone back and forth for everyone but Wesley Wolfolk.

The quarterback was on the wrong end of Wise’s playoff loss in 2011, transferred to Suitland and then lost to Wise in the 2012 playoffs.

But Wolfolk overcame his 0-2 start in the series by completing 12-of-17 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns in third-ranked Suitland’s 21-7 win over No. 8 Wise on Saturday.

“It’s probably one of his best big-game performances,” Suitland coach Ed Shields said. “Because this was a big game.”

Suitland is off to its fourth 7-0 start in the last six years, but has no region titles in that span. To reach that goal, Suitland might have to start its playoff run with a familiar opponent.

If the season ended today, Suitland would hold the No. 1 seed in the 4A South Region and host fourth-seeded Wise in a region semifinal. And again, Wolfolk, who transferred after classmate Isaiah Black won Wise’s starting job, would appear pivotal.

“It was the best thing for him,” Wise coach DaLawn Parrish said. “He was in a difficult situation. We hated to see him go, and he’s matured and plays tremendously. It’s hard to have a former player beat you, but that’s how it goes.”

As Shields stood in the gym after Saturday’s game, he saw Wolfolk exiting and motioned frantically to get the senior’s attention.

“Whatever you do, we do,” Shields bellowed. “Right? OK.”

Wolfolk smiled and kept walking.

He admitted he got too emotional during Suitland’s 41-6 region-final loss to Wise last year, and he strived to adjust this season.

“It was quite hard staying level,” said Wolfolk, who has received interest from Temple, East Carolina and Buffalo but is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. “I just tried to make sure my team knew that we were in the game at all times. Even when things went bad, we just had to stay up.”

On his third touchdown pass, Wolfolk dropped the snap, but he picked up the ball and threw deep.

“Bad things are going to happen,” Shields said. “It’s what we do after the bad things that really matters. So, in practice, this has happened before. Pushing and urging them, we’ve got to keep it moving.”

Parrish attributed all three touchdowns to blown coverage, and Darryal Jasper and Tevin Singleton definitely got wide open down field for Suitland’s first and third scores. Jasper scored Suitland’s second touchdown with a catch over a defender, but Parrish said the wrong player was covering the area.

Though three mistakes from a young secondary might give Wise reason to believe it could win a re-match with Suitland, Parrish, whose team fell to 4-3, didn’t look ahead to the playoffs.

“I’m not in a situation to say who I want to play,” Parrish said. “I just want to get in. And whoever I’m meant to play, so be it.

dfeldman@gazette.net

No. 3 Suitland 21, No. 8 Henry A. Wise 7

Wise (4-3) 0 7 0 0 — 7

Suitland (7-0) 7 7 7 0 — 21

S — Darryal Jasper 38 pass from Wesley Wolfolk (Tevin Singleton kick)

S — Darryal Jasper 38 pass from Wesley Wolfolk (Tevin Singleton kick)

W — Adam Gillis Jr. 21 pass from Isaiah Black (Delanta Yancey kick)

S — Tevin Singleton 57 pass from Wesley Wolfolk (Tevin Singleton kick)

RUSHING

Wise — Adam Gillis Jr. 13-88, Isaiah Black 9-30, Crawford Quincy 3-1, Antwan Benjamin 1-0, Anfernee Perry 1-(-1), Reggie Ware 1-(-5).

Suitland — Robert Wigfall 13-43, Josh Burke 9-22, Wesley Wolfolk 6-(-8).

PASSING

Suitland — Wesley Wolfolk 12-17-276-1.

Wise — Isaiah Black 11-23-152-1.

RECEIVING

Suitland — Tevin Singleton 4-97, Darryal Jasper 3-96, Steven Rivers 3-46, Robert Wigfall 2-37.

Wise — Micah Till 5-95, Anfernee Perry 4-39, Adam Gillis Jr. 1-21, Antwan Benjamin 1-(-3).