Second-ranked Randallstown, even with nine player going both ways on a hot afternoon, dominated Annapolis at the line of scrimmage and held off the No. 9 Panthers, 14-6, yesterday at Catonsville Community College.
Running between the tackles -- and almost exclusively to the right behind guard Alec Grodnitzky and tackle Wallace Baker -- the Rams (2-0) racked up 175 yards (of 181 total) on the ground. They capped two lengthy drives with touchdown runs of 7 and 9 yards by Larry Washington.
Washington, a senior and a marked man in the Annapolis game plan, finished with 123 yards on 28 carries. But he was ably backed by sophomore Haryn Singleton, who contributed 54 yards on eight second-half carries, and others.
"We could run. We could run to the right, as we thought we could after we saw them [Panthers] play last week," said Rams coach John Buchheister, whose team stayed on the ground for 42 of 51 offensive plays.
"You don't see much of this any more. This is 1935 football. This is the way they played back then," Buchheister said. "Our guys were pretty tired, but they sucked it up out there."
Said Grodnitzky, who is listed at 6 feet, 185 pounds: "I just go out there to block my man on every play. I don't want to let the team down."
"Annapolis was a lot tougher than Lackey [a 35-14 victim last week], and this makes us feel good about the rest of the season."
Conversely, with Annapolis losing and Severna Park also falling (40-19 at Frederick, Friday), Anne Arundel County's traditional football powers are both 0-2 and off to their worst start since each lost its first three games of 1977.
"I think we've played both games tough -- we just didn't win them," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "We just have to keep working hard. There's nothing magic about football. It's just hard work."
With Washington gaining 40 yards on eight carries, Randallstown drove from Annapolis' 48 on its first possession and scored on his 7-yard run behind Grodnitzky and Baker.
The lead was 14-0 after a 12-play, 73-yard march in the third quarter. Consecutive 13-yard runs by Singleton moved the ball to Annapolis' 11, and, one play later, Washington took a pitch for the last 10.
"You can't just key on Larry Washington. I thought that other back [Singleton] was great, and that's what makes Randallstown so tough," said Brown. "They have a great running attack, and those were two nice drives.
"Our game plan was to run the ball. But we had some assignment breakdowns, while they [Rams] took care of the ball [one turnover]."