First, Dundalk High's defense frustrated Woodlawn. Then it was the Owls' offense. And even the kicking team got into the act.
Dundalk (5-0) gained 306 yards rushing and accumulated 405 yards of total offense en route to a 38-8 victory over Woodlawn (2-3) at Dundalk Community College yesterday.
Kenny Johnson led the Owls' rushing attack, running for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Jimmy Tyler rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, and quarterback Joe Speed ran for 85 yards on just three carries, including a 79-yard touchdown run.
VTC The victory was Dundalk's first over Woodlawn since 1979 (Woodlawn's 46-6 triumph over Dundalk in 1984 was overturned because it had used an ineligible player). The Owls, who have had just one winning season in the past seven years, moved closer to their first appearance in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association playoffs.
"This is very satisfying because of the way our guys played," Dundalk coach Rick Zentz said. "We knew Woodlawn was probably our biggest challenge. Things just clicked today."
On its first possession, Dundalk took a 7-0 lead on an 8-yard run by Tyler and Kevin Rexrode's extra point.
Then Woodlawn's frustration intensified.
The Warriors moved the ball from their 22-yard line to Dundalk's 2 in an 11-play drive. But on third-and-goal at the 2, Marcus Jones fumbled and Marlon Scott recovered for Dundalk.
After Woodlawn's defense held Dundalk to 2 yards on its next series -- and thanks to a 15-yard penalty against Dundalk for spearing -- the Warriors got the ball back at the Owls' 22. But Dundalk's defense held Woodlawn to just 6 yards in four plays.
Dundalk then made it 13-0 on Speed's 79-yard touchdown run. Speed rolled right, got a block from Joe Satterfield and raced down the right sideline.
Seizing an opportunity to add to its lead, Dundalk executed an onside kick. A nine-play drive culminated in a 1-yard touchdown run by Tyler to make it 19-0.
And because the onside kick worked once, the Owls did it again, covering the kick at Woodlawn's 48. Dundalk did not score again before time expired in the first half, but it kept Woodlawn's offense off the field the last seven minutes of the half.
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