The Perry Hall band's halftime selection of "Don't Rain on My Parade" proved to be prophetic at the school's homecoming game.
The rain came in the form of Larry Washington, who scored three touchdowns, intercepted three passes and rushed for 137 yards on 18 carries to lead No. 3 Randallstown (5-0, 1-0) to a 19-7 win over No. 12 Perry Hall (2-3, 0-1) in a Baltimore County 4A League game.
Another storm cloud was the Randallstown defense, which held the Gators to 34 total yards and one first down in the first half and highly-touted back Roy Marsh to only 45 yards on 11 carries.
"We knew they could pass," said Washington, "so we worked on our secondary all week."
The Rams scored their first touchdown early in the second quarter. After Shaun Poulton's punt forced the Gators to start on their own 3, Perry Hall could move the ball only four yards in three plays and had to punt. The Rams took over at the Perry Hall 23, and Washington scored three plays later from five yards out to take a 6-0 lead.
After holding Randallstown on its next possession, the Gators took over at their 11-yard line. Perry Hall moved the ball to its own 29, before a 15-yard clipping penalty brought the ball back to the 15. Faced with third and 21, Perry Hall quarterback Donnie Burks threw a pass that was intercepted by Washington at the 27 and returned for a touchdown, giving Randallstown a 12-0 lead with 2 minutes, 11 seconds left in the half.
But Marsh made his presence felt on the first play of the secon half, taking the opening kickoff at his own 17 and going 60 yards down the sideline to give the Gators a first down at the Rams 23. The Gators converted a fourth-and-one at the Rams 14 to take the ball to the 7, and Kevin Loewe caught Burks' 7-yard pass two plays later to cut the margin to 12-7 with 8:55 remaining in the third quarter.
After holding the Rams, Perry Hall got the ball back at its own 26 and moved it to the 40, but Washington picked off a pass at the Rams 32 to kill the drive.
The Gators stopped the Rams and got the ball back at the Rams 46, but two plays later Washington picked off his third pass at the 21 and --ed 79 yards to give the Rams a 19-7 lead with 8:47 left.
"I thought we played well defensively, but the two interceptions [that were returned for touchdowns] were what beat us," said Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy.