Overlea quarterback Bernard Fitchette smiles when you mention the Falcons' offensive line. He ought to. At 5 feet 7, Fitchette owes his personal safety and success to a seven-player front as good -- and as big -- as any in the area.
Fitchette took advantage of the holes yesterday to run for 164 yards and three touchdowns -- on only four carries.
Overlea (9-0) remained undefeated and moved a step closer to a spot in the playoffs with a 34-7 home victory over Loch Raven.
Falcons offensive line coach Elmer Dize says he hasn't seen a line that could compete with Overlea's. He knows their dominance from the sidelines. Fitchette has a different view.
They're "wonderful," he said. "They help me out with my running game."
They are: split end Steve Lockett (5-11, 156 pounds), tackle Steve Moss (6-0, 200), guard Justin Mazza (5-10, 210), center Mike Knodler (6-3, 254), guard Jeff Mills (5-8, 185), tackle Bill Brown (5-11, 167) and tight end Bernard Hopkins (6-6, 220).
Yesterday, they helped Fitchette score on two 54-yard touchdown runs and one of 20 yards. The 20-yarder was the best example of the offensive line's strength. Fitchette took the snap from Knodler, who blasted a hole in the defense. Fitchette used his speed to blow through the hole and into the end zone untouched.
Dundalk 27, Randallstown 6
John Johnson ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns, and host Dundalk (5-4, 4-3) rolled up 377 yards total offense en route to an upset of No. 19 Randallstown (5-4, 4-3) in a Baltimore County 4A-3A contest.
Northern 18, Walbrook 12
Darnell Stokes scored on a 3-yard run on the second play in overtime, as No. 18 Northern (5-2, 5-1) overcame 10 lost fumbles in regulation to edge winless Walbrook (0-8, 0-6) in an MSA B Conference contest.