When Randallstown's Larry Washington played recreation-league football, he was known as "The Horse."
In last night's state Class 4A quarterfinal game at Catonsville Community College, Seneca Valley found out why.
The Rams' thoroughbred raced for 319 yards on 23 carries and scored all five of top-ranked Randallstown's touchdowns, as it beat Seneca Valley of Montgomery County, 33-21.
Third-seeded Randallstown (11-0) will meet the winner of today's game between seventh-seeded High Point and second-seeded Oxon Hill.
Washington's 23 carries netted 319 yards, bringing his season total to 1,868. He has scored Randallstown's last 10 touchdowns over two games.
"How much better can [Washington] get?" asked Randallstown coach John Buchheister. "He gained 319 yards and scored all of our touchdowns."
Washington said: "We were psyched up for this game. Everybody said a Baltimore County team couldn't beat a Montgomery County team. We showed them we were No. 1."
Seneca Valley (9-2), which had outscored opponents, 298-71, before this game, looked confused on defense. Before yesterday, the Eagles' only loss had been 14-13 to Class 4A top-seeded Springbrook.
But this one wasn't close.
The Rams jumped out to a 20-0 lead on touchdown runs by Washington of 1, 18 and 61 yards. But in the third quarter, Seneca Valley began to fight back.
With 10 minutes, 35 seconds left in the third quarter, Melvin Brown scored on a 1-yard run to make it 20-7. Randallstown responded, as Washington struck again -- this time on a sweep left for 78 yards and a touchdown, making it 27-7 with 5:38 remaining in the quarter.
The Eagles made it interesting in the fourth quarter. With 10:27 to play, Brown capped a six-play, 65-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run, making it 27-14. Then, with just 2:28 left, Brown scored again on a 3-yard carry, cutting the lead to 27-21.
But Washington sealed Randallstown's win with a 34-yard touchdown run with 2:26 left, for the final 33-21 margin.
Said Seneca Valley coach Terry Changuris: "We knew they had a good team and a good back. We just couldn't contain him.