John Swigart scored two touchdowns and passed for two more yesterday, as Overlea dealt visiting and 20th-ranked Dundalk its first loss of the season, 40-22.
The win gave the Falcons (6-1, 4-0) sole possession of first place in Baltimore County's 3A League. Dundalk is 6-1 overall, 3-1 in the league.
"We had four good days of practice this week and were ready to play," Swigart said. "We stopped their option play and had them confused the whole game."
Overlea struck first, taking the opening possession 48 yards in six plays. The Falcons got the ball back when Bernard Hopkins intercepted a pass on a fake punt. Freshman Bernard Fitchette caught a 17-yard pass, moving the ball to the Dundalk 3, and Swigart took it in for his second touchdown of the game.
Fitchette showed several moves during a 43-yard run in which he stopped, changed direction and broke two tackles on the way to the 5. He scored on the next play, but hurt his neck while crossing the goal line and had to leave the game. The injury was not serious, according to Overlea coach Terry Ward.
Sophomore Tyrese Barmer carried 22 times for 141 yards and scored a touchdown. Swigart ran for 108 yards, mostly up the middle.
"Barmer and Fitchette came into the program already knowing how to play," said Ward.
Dundalk's Ken Johnson scored his 10th touchdown of the season, all of them on counter plays, and Joe Speed had a 35-yard run for a touchdown.