The Randallstown Rams scored what may prove to be a costly victory against Franklin last night at Catonsville Community College.
Despite a 14-0 win, the Rams may have lost the services of Kevin Anderson, their top running back, for the rest of the season.
Anderson, a transfer from Franklin, suffered what the team doctor said may be a season-ending ligament tear in his right knee during a play in the third quarter.
Despite Anderson's injury, Randallstown moved the ball well on offense as running backs Haryn Singleton, Adrian Barrett and Anglo Todd combined for 190 yards rushing and both touchdowns.
Barrett, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound reserve back, said Anderson's injury inspired him to play harder.
"I kept telling the coach to give me the ball," said Barrett, who rushed five times for 60 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown. "All I kept thinking was, 'We've got to score, we've got to score.' "
After a scoreless first half, Barrett took over, first gaining 27 yards on a reverse, then 22 more on an inside run.
"Once we got squared away on what defense they were playing, we moved the ball right down the field," said Randallstown coach John Buchheister, whose team improved to 2-0.
Randallstown scored its second touchdown in the fourth quarter, as Todd capped a 69-yard drive with a 39-yard run down the right sideline.
"We had a couple minor injuries that really hurt us," said Franklin coach Claude Darr, whose team dropped to 1-1. "If we don't have our starters, we're in trouble."
Anderson, who gained 140 yards in last week's win, was able to walk, but had more difficulty expressing his disappointment at the injury.
"The way I got hit, it just hurt," said Anderson, a senior.
Buchheister said Anderson's hopes of returning this season were slim. "I'd really hate to lose him," he said, "but that's what it looks like."