Forgive coach Bob Davis of Towson (1-1, 0-1) if he sees the letter O in his sleep. O for option and for No. 18-ranked Overlea.
Overlea's Falcons (2-0, 1-0) used an option-oriented attack to score 30 first-half points in a 38-14 victory last night at Dundalk Community College.
Tyrese Barmer rushed for 171 yards on 20 carries and scored twice to beat the Generals and give Overlea coach Terry Ward his 100th victory in a Baltimore County 1A/2A game.
"We came out like a house of fire early on," said Ward. "We had a little bit of a lull in the second half, but over all I was pleased."
The Falcons wasted little time getting on the board. Barmer's 6-yard touchdown run with 9 minutes, 36 seconds left in the first quarter capped an eight-play, 72-yard drive. Barmer then ran in for two points to give Overlea an 8-0 lead.
The Generals gained only 6 yards on the ensuing possession, and Overlea made them pay when it got the ball back. Quarterback Bernard Fitchette's 2-yard run capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive to give the Falcons a 14-0 lead with 2:23 left in the first quarter.
Towson fumbled the next kickoff, and Overlea's Steve Lockett pounced on the mistake, giving the Falcons a first down at Towson's 17. Fitchette ran it in from there on the next play and then caught a two-point conversion pass to raise the score to 22-0 with less than two minutes left in the first quarter.
Overlea stopped the Generals at on downs on their next possession, then mounted an 11-play, 91-yard drive to make it 30-0 at the half.
Towson came back in the second half, driving 63 yards in 12 plays and using quarterback Tim Burke's 1-yard run to cut the lead to 30-8.
After recovering an onside kick, the Generals scored again, capping a 47-yard drive with Burke's 17-yard pass to Mike Graebner to cut the deficit to 30-14, but that was as close as they would get.
On his 100th win, Ward said: "I respect Coach Davis [of Towson] and his staff, and it was nice to get it in a game that meant something. "There were times when I thought I would get my 100th loss before my 100th win."
Tex DeLeon rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries to lead the Generals.