For the first 47 minutes, 54 seconds, yesterday's game between No. 13 Woodlawn and host Franklin was a classic defensive struggle.
The final six seconds of the Baltimore County 4A/3A League game were a blowout.
After the Warriors had led, 2-0, late in the first quarter, they scored two touchdowns in the game's closing seconds to put a deceiving slant on the 15-0 outcome.
"This game was really 2-0," said Woodlawn coach George Goudy, whose team (4-0, 3-0) recorded its second straight shutout. "Our defense did a great job. On offense, we controlled the ball. About the only thing we didn't do was score."
The Warriors out-gained the Indians, 220-58, but failed to put the finishing touch on several drives. They came up empty three times after driving inside the Franklin 10 -- on a botched field-goal attempt, a loss of downs and a fumble.
"I got mad," said Woodlawn running back Bruce Brown, who gained 68 yards on 18 carries. "We got so close so many times that it really became frustrating. We could have won by 35, but as it turned out, our defense won the game for us."
The Warriors held the Indians to 58 yards of total offense and only twice let them cross the 50.
Franklin (2-2, 0-2) never got closer than the Woodlawn 42.
Said Franklin coach Claude Darr: "Woodlawn had excellent pursuit. That was a tremendous factor. [Running back Kevin] Anderson and [quarterback Kyle] Sanders both have excellent speed, but they couldn't crack anything open because of their pursuit."
Woodlawn has held opponents scoreless for the last eight.
After stopping Franklin on three plays from its 13, Woodlawn took the lead on a safety, when punter Justin Benesch fell on a bad snap in his end zone, making it 2-0.
The score remained unchanged until the game's final seconds. First, Brown scored on a 2-yard run with six seconds left to cap a 16-yard Woodlawn drive. Then, on the ensuing kickoff, the Warriors' Trevor Walker scored after scooping up an attempted lateral on the return and taking it 19 yards to make it 15-0.
"This was one of the best games we've played defensvely," said Woodlawn line backer Devalin Anderson, who led his team with eight solo tackles and four assists. "The shutout was a big thing and got more important to us as the game went on. Our game plan was to stop their quarterback, running back and fullback, and that's just what we did."