Woodlawn makes up for '91, downs Parkville, 14-8

October 03, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Woodlawn players say they bitterly remember last year's one-point loss to Parkville that kept them from making the state playoffs.

In yesterday's rematch, those memories nearly cost them the game.

Despite out-gaining the Knights, 242-71, the host and No. 4 Warriors had to hold on to beat Parkville, 14-8, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A game.

"We dominated them statistically, but we couldn't score," said Woodlawn coach George Goudy, whose team won its ninth consecutive game. "I think we were too high [emotionally] coming in, and we were lucky to win the ballgame, but we did win."

The Warriors hurt themselves with 67 yards in penalties, 60 coming after drives inside the Parkville 20. Despite crossing the 20 five times, Woodlawn scored just twice.

"We were ready for this game, but we just didn't show it," said Woodlawn's Marcus Jones, who filled in at quarterback on several possessions in place of starter Rodney Pettit, hobbled by a sprained ankle. "I think we might have gotten too emotional about this."

Early on, it looked as if Woodlawn wouldn't be denied. The Warriors (5-0 overall, 4-0 in the league) began the game by gaining 4 or more yards on nine consecutive plays -- all running -- and moved the ball to the Knights' 16. But when Pettit was forced to the sidelines, the offense sputtered.

On the next two plays, Woodlawn was called for false-start penalties, and three plays later, a clipping penalty essentially ended the drive.

"The calls [at the line of scrimmage] just got mixed up," said Jones. "I guess [our players] weren't used to my voice."

In the second quarter, however, things started going Woodlawn's way. Behind a dominating offensive line, the rushing tandem of Omar Johnson (20 carries for 99 yards) and Troy Sheppard (15 for 84) moved the ball at will. Johnson scored twice in the quarter, first capping an 81-yard drive with a 6-yard burst up the middle, then scoring from 5 yards out and running in the conversion with 4:16 left in the half to give Woodlawn a 14-0 lead.

"It was mostly the line," said Sheppard, who also contributed heavily to both touchdown drives. "Almost every time I got the ball, there was a hole there."

Parkville came right back as Anthony Elliott returned the kickoff 67 yards down the left sideline for the touchdown, and a two-point conversion pass from Darius Powell to Ray Bonincontri cut the deficit to 14-8.

"It was almost like deja vu," said Woodlawn center Kamar Brooks, referring to last year's game in which the Warriors gained an early 7-0 lead only to lose the game on a late touchdown and two-point conversion.

Parkville looked sluggish on offense, crossing the Woodlawn 40 just twice.

"We were ready for this," said Parkville coach Phil Donlin, whose team lost its third in a row to fall to 2-3, 1-3 in the league. "We got the penalties, but they did a better job, and their big back [Johnson] made all the difference."

Parkville 0 8 0 0 -- 8

Woodlawn .0 14 0 0 -- 14

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