Montoute, Johnson lead No. 4 Woodlawn, 30-8

September 26, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Three was the lucky number for fourth-ranked Woodlawn yesterday.

In a game played in three hours of driving rain, defensive back Vincent Montoute had three interceptions and running back Omar Johnson had three touchdowns to help the host Warriors (4-0, 3-0) to a 30-8 win over Baltimore County 4A-3A rival Franklin (2-2, 0-2).

For Montoute, who never had intercepted more than one pass in a game, it was a day to remember.

"This was definitely one of the best games I've ever played," said Montoute, a senior. "It was easy. It was just like playing center field in baseball. I just watched the quarterback's eyes."

Montoute's first two interceptions erased golden scoring opportunities for the Indians. His first came on a fake field-goal attempt on Franklin's opening drive, as he dived in the end zone to catch the ball.

On Franklin's next drive, he picked off a pass at the Franklin 10 and returned it to the 5, setting up Johnson's 5-yard touchdown run to help give the Warriors an 8-0 lead with 5:19 left in the quarter.

"He's showing he's a Division I player," said Woodlawn coach George Goudy of Montoute. "He's got excellent speed and reads the quarterback well."

Franklin's eagerness to pass paid off on its next possession.

Quarterback Mark Weldon, rotating with starter William Collins, found Collins open down the right sideline for a 25-yard score with 3:42 left in the quarter, and the ensuing two-point conversion tied the game.

But from there, it was all Woodlawn.

The Warriors' Kevin Johnson took the kickoff at the 24, stutter-stepped and raced through a hole for 76 yards and a touchdown. The two-point conversion gave Woodlawn a 16-8 lead.

"Offensively, we were limited because of the weather," said Goudy. "We couldn't pass the ball or run the option, but we did what we had to do to win."

The second half belonged to the Warriors. Omar Johnson capped two Woodlawn drives with touchdown runs of 1 yard and 3 yards.

"They weren't keying on me as much as I thought they would," said Johnson.

Franklin had considerably more trouble on offense. Despite passing successfully between the 20s, the Indians couldn't score.

"They played well on defense," said Franklin coach Claude Darr. "On offense, they took a lot of time off the clock. Once they got the lead, it was hard to come back."

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