The last time the Woodlawn Warriors beat Randallstown, the Baltimore Orioles were in the World Series. What's more, many players on the Woodlawn roster were too young to stay up and watch it.
In their first win over rival Randallstown (4-3, 3-2) since 1983, the Warriors took advantage of several miscues to win, 20-10, last night at Catonsville Community College.
"This is the best win that Woodlawn has had in a long time," said running back Troy Sheppard, who helped Woodlawn's cause by running 64 yards on five carries, one a 43-yard touchdown run that gave his team a 13-10 lead midway through the final quarter.
But Randallstown mistakes were the keys to the win. Woodlawn gained control by taking advantage of two errant snaps on attempted Rams punts, and closed the game by intercepting a pass to stop a Randallstown last-ditch drive.
"It was a great football game, but they helped us, certainly," said Woodlawn coach George Gowdy, whose team improved to 5-3 overall, and 4-2 in Baltimore County's 4A/3A division. "The error on their first drive was a big motivator for us."
That error came on a fourth-and-three from the Randallstown 45, when the snap sailed over the head of punter Greg Hines, who covered it at the 21. Two plays later, Woodlawn took a 6-0 lead on Omar Johnson's 19-yard touchdown run with 8 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
Then in the fourth quarter, this time on a fourth-and-seven, the snap to Hines bounced and Woodlawn picked it up at the 44. Two plays later, Sheppard took the pitch and ran down the left sideline for a 43-yard score that gave the Warriors a 13-10 lead with 7:39 left.
The final miscue sealed the win for Woodlawn, as Vincent Montoute cut short a late Rams drive by picking off a tipped Brandon Holt pass and running it back 84 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-10 with 6 seconds left.
Randallstown was led by running back Donte Boyd (24 carries for 120 yards), who scored the Rams' only touchdown on a 5-yard run midway through the third quarter.