Howard County High School Sports: Fall: Region/States: Class 3A Football: Wildecats, Epps outrun Bulls

Saturday, November 29
Class 3A Football: Wildecats, Epps outrun Bulls

Team seeks to give DuVall storybook ending

Wilde Lake's Jerrel Epps

Wilde Lake's Jerrel Epps (6) sets the tone in the No. 6 Wildecats' 42-16 victory over No. 7 Hereford by scoring a touchdown on the opening kickoff. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 28, 2008)


Wilde Lake's Jerrel Epps wasted almost no time taking control of last night's Class 3A state semifinal against No. 7 Hereford.

The diminutive running back, 5feet 6, 150 pounds, scored two touchdowns in the game's opening 1:56, and one more four minutes later, that set the tone for the No. 6 Wildecats. Wilde Lake was never threatened by visiting Hereford in the 42-16 win and plays Westlake on Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium for the state championship.

Wilde Lake will not only try to win its sixth state title and first since 1997, but also give coach Doug DuVall a storybook ending to his career. DuVall plans to retire at the end of the season after 32 years.

"We knew we had to come out and get on them early," Epps said. "This is Coach's last year, and we have to win it for him. It's all we have been talking about. We just have to go out there and play our hardest. We have to win it for Coach DuVall."