Moments after his team had come from behind in the second half to beat a tough Westminster squad, 22-14, Randallstown coach John Buchheister gathered his exhausted, third-ranked Rams (3-0) for a pep talk. In his first year at Randallstown, the coach and his players are still learning about each other, and Buchheister wanted to reinforce their confidence.
"This is what football is all about . . . We haven't lied to you yet," he said several times.
"We told them [Westminster] would be tough and they were," he explained later. "Now they know we weren't lying. Every week we've told them exactly what was going to happen and it happened."
Buchheister's 100th career victory came against his alma mater, the 12th-ranked Owls (2-1), despite injury-hampered performances by star running backs Larry Washington (15 carries, 103 yards) and Ken Wesley (nine carries, 44 yards).
* The top football game this week will be No. 1 Gilman at No. 2 Poly, Friday at 3 p.m. The game will telecast on a tape-delayed basis on Cable 44 in Baltimore City, Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m., Monday at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m.
* It's the same four-team snarl in Harford County football, but C. Milton Wright has taken command. The Mustangs topped North Harford, 55-0, and control their own destiny, having previously beaten Aberdeen, which stopped Edgewood Friday night. The other major factor in that race is Joppatowne, which crushed John Carroll, 39-6.
* Some teams don't throw 50 passes in a season, but North County's John Ray uncorked 50 attempts against Queen Anne's. He completed 27 for 307 yards, three touchdowns and a 35-21 victory . . . DeWayne Washington of Lake Clifton threw four touchdown passes, all to Sam Jones . . . Jerome Gluver rushed for 187 yards and two TDS as Southwestern downed Curley, 27-6, ending an 11-game losing streak . . . Oakland Mills' Korey Singleton rushed 40 times for 270 yards and four TDs.
* In cross country at the Pallotti Invitational, generally dominated by Virginia and Washington, D.C., runners, Matt Ciarpella of Curley won the seeded section and Chris Sisk of Calvert Hall and Brian Horn of Loch Raven also won section races. Team results will be completed by Wednesday, according to meet director Bob McDonald.