The Woodlawn Warriors said it felt nice to finally play at home.
For visiting Eastern Vo-Tech, staying at home yesterday probably would have felt even better.
In their first true home game of the season, the Warriors outgained EVT, 322-37, including 194-0 in the first half, en route to a 39-7 win in a Baltimore County 4A/3A Division game.
Woodlawn, which had played its two previous home games at Catonsville Community College, handled the Mavericks with ease, dominating on the lines while executing on offense.
"Without a doubt they're the best team we've played," said EVT coach Jim Salters, whose team dropped to 6-2 overall, and 5-2 in the league. "They did everything pretty well and we didn't. We just as well could have stayed home."
Said Woodlawn (6-2, 5-2) coach George Goudy: "This was our first good offensive game of the year. We've sputtered from time to time, but in the first quarter we really put it together."
The Warriors jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter by scoring on a 10-play, 58-yard drive, then on a 61-yard fumble return by Trevor Walker.
Players agreed that, indeed, there was no place like home.
"It felt really good finally playing here," said running back Reggie Carroll, who rushed eight times for 54 yards. "It's way more comfortable to play here. We got to show off a little bit in front of our friends and teachers."
And with an offense that seemed to move the ball at will, Woodlawn had plenty to show off.
Quarterback Rodney Pettit and wide receiver Vincent Montoute were two of the main reasons for that. Pettit completed four of five passes for 130 yards, and connected with Montoute (two catches for 118 yards) on 33- and 60-yard scoring plays.
Another key for Woodlawn was its defense. The Warriors limited Mavericks running back Darryl Ray, their biggest offensive threat, to 72 yards on 24 carries. Ray came into the game averaging nearly 7 yards a carry.