Overlea fights off Towson rally, 35-28

September 12, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The quick-striking attack of ninth-ranked Overlea High overcame the resourcefulness and grit of Towson last night at Dundalk Community College.

In a game Overlea coach Terry Ward labeled "worth your buck and a half to see," the Falcons fought off every counter-surge by Towson and scored a 35-28 victory.

The game was in doubt until the final 5 1/2 minutes when Overlea killed the clock with an all-running drive that ended with the ball on the Towson 6.

Both teams had absorbed opening-game defeats last week, Overlea to Elkton, 21-6, and Towson to Hammond, 13-12. And both played hungrily as a result.

But the Falcons had too many big plays in their arsenal, offsetting a 203-yard night by Towson junior Tex Deleone.

The two biggest decided the game.

All-Metro candidate Bernard Fitchette produced the second with a sensational 24-yard touchdown run that culminated after the clock had expired at the end of the first half.

Fitchette cut to his left, eluded half the Generals' team, then veered back across the grain to cross the goal line with no time showing. That gave Overlea a 27-12 halftime cushion and Towson never quite recovered.

In the first period, Dan Brown, who did not play last week, broke a 6-6 tie with an 80-yard kickoff return that gave Overlea the lead for good.

"We knew they had a lot of speed and could hit us quickly," said Towson coach Bob Davis. "But we had to drive 80 yards three times to score and an awful lot of pro teams can't do that."

Towson's Wing-T offense was effective, but the kicking game was costly again. A high snap on a punt attempt from its 37 early in the fourth quarter resulted in Overlea gaining possession when Andy Matz was forced to run with the ball.

The Falcons needed only three plays to get into the end zone for a 35-20 advantage, Fitchette scoring his second touchdown on a 13-yard option play on which he made an on-the-dime cut.

Towson refused to wilt, driving back to within a TD on Deleone's second score, but ran out of time.

The Generals are now 0-2 and facing another uphill battle in their attempt to gain the playoffs.

"We've been here before," said Davis. "Two years ago, we lost our first two and finished 8-2."

All-Metro back Tyrese Barmer had 158 yards in 20 carries for Overlea, which finished 11-1 last season.

"I think Barry Sanders made a run last week like Fitchette made [to end the half]," said Ward. "Certainly all the proverbial ingredients were there for suspense in this game.

"There certainly was no dog in Towson. They kept coming back and coming back."

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