Perry Hall tops Randallstown, 14-13

September 26, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The weather was raw and rainy, the middle of the field a sea of muck.

So Perry Hall and Randallstown engaged in an old-fashioned, knock-down battle yesterday, and the ninth-ranked and previously unbeaten Rams budged in the end.

The host Gators bulled their way to a two-point conversion by running back Mark Franklin with eight minutes left and held off Randallstown, 14-13, in a Baltimore County game.

Only six passes were attempted -- five by Randallstown -- in a game dominated by options, sweeps and smash-mouth power runs. Three of the passes were intercepted, two were incomplete and the sixth, a screen, went for a 1-yard gain.

The Rams (3-1) went 68 yards, exclusively on the ground, to take their only lead of the game early in the fourth period on a 1-yard plunge by sophomore Angelo Todd. Willie Tonnessen's kick made it 13-6.

But Perry Hall responded immediately with Franklin doing all the ball carrying before Mandel Marsh capped the 60-yard march when he took a pitchout 31 yards to the end zone to narrow the deficit to a point.

The Gators (3-1) went for the victory, with Franklin taking it in off right tackle.

"We ran three big seniors in there and put a tackle into the backfield," Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy said of the winning play. "We just put that in this week."

Parkville had upset the then-13th ranked Gators in similar fashion -- with a two-point, fourth-quarter conversion -- two weeks ago.

"It was a power play and I was hit, but I just kept on going and pumping my feet," said Franklin.

The junior also scored Perry Hall's first touchdown on a 72-yard -- in a third-and-one situation early in the second period. The play was designed to go up the middle.

"The hole just shut, so I broke it to the outside and outran the secondary," he said. Franklin finished with 161 yards on 19 carries.

Tackle Charles Adams contributed a big play as well, blocking Tonnessen's first extra-point attempt following the Rams' first touchdown.

The score came on a botched punt by Perry Hall's Jason Bloom, who couldn't handle a slippery ball. Bloom was hit and Randallstown guard Adrian Lusco recovered to run 18 yards to a score.

Randallstown had two chances to reverse the outcome, but coach John Buchheister chose to punt on fourth-and-four from the Gators' 45 with 5:45 to play.

The Rams got the ball back for one last shot, but watched as Brandon Holt's last-ditch pass was picked off by Marsh.

Randallstown played without its star runner, Kevin Anderson, who is out for the season with a knee injury. Buchheister said his absence was felt more on defense. "We had two starters out hurt," he said. "And two missed assignments just killed us.

"How do you let a guy out of the pack to run 70 yards? And we practiced against their option all week and didn't make the plays."

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