Randallstown is a team out of place. A team out of an era when the helmets were leather, a full set of teeth rare and the forward pass just a theory.
The No. 15 Rams ran over No. 18 Eastern Vocational Tech, 28-8, yesterday. The victory ended a two-game losing streak for Randallstown (4-2) and a five-game winning streak for EVT (5-1).
The Rams gained 271 yards on offense -- all of it on the ground. Seemingly, their playbook consists of three plays: run up the middle, run left and run right.
"I've got blocking rules," Randallstown coach John Buchheister said. "If the blockers follow those rules and get in the way of people. It's pretty hard to stop us."
Junior running back Donte Boyd was the top benefactor of the offensive line's strong play. Boyd gained 143 yards on 22 carries, including the first two touchdowns of the game. Junior Haryn Singleton gained 96 yards on 18 attempts. His touchdown and the extra point late in the third quarter gave the Rams a 21-0 lead.
EVT coach Jim Salters, whose team was among the area leaders in points per game and fewest points allowed, could only watch helplessly from the sidelines as his defensive line was blown off the line of scrimmage play after play by the Rams.
"We got humbled on the line," Salters said. "They ran off tackle all the time when we scouted them and that's what they did today. They're not fast. They never turn the corner. But they've got a good offensive line and two good, hard-running backs."
The Rams, who won the state 4A title last season and started this year with three wins, lost twice when they diverted from up-the-gut football, Buchheister said. But they put the pass back on the shelf, partly because they're not good at it, mostly because they don't have to be.