Perry Hall finds way to score, 2-0

October 10, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Playing on a field better suited for fly-fishing than football, big plays were a rarity yesterday for the Perry Hall Gators.

But a big play by visiting and third-ranked Woodlawn, however, helped the Gators to a 2-0 win and a share of second place in the Baltimore County 4A-3A League.

With Perry Hall (5-1 overall, 4-1 in the league) driving early in the fourth quarter of a scoreless game, Woodlawn's Maurice Jamison lunged at the Woodlawn 5 to intercept Ryan Burks' pass, but was ruled down inside his 1. On the next play, the Gators' Larry Green and Charles Adams tackled running back Troy Sheppard 2 yards deep in the end zone for the only score of the game.

"It was just one of those games," said Woodlawn coach George Goudy, whose team dropped to 5-1, 4-1 in the league. "It was a matter of who got the breaks, and they got them." But that wasn't the only break for Perry Hall. With 3:30 left in the game, and Perry Hall at its 45, Burks fumbled the ball on the snap to set off a wild turn of events.

Woodlawn's Willie Smith picked up the loose ball and ran 20 yards down the left sideline before being stripped from behind. Woodlawn's Shawn Nickens, however, recovered on the run and advanced it to the 15 before again fumbling, this time to Perry Hall's Joe Morgan, who fell on the ball at his 15.

"We were fortunate to get the good breaks," said Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy. "We've won a lot of close games recently."

With the win, unranked Perry Hall added another top-15 team to its list of victims. Earlier, the Gators defeated then-ranked Calvert Hall and Randallstown.

Woodlawn lineman Kamar Brooks, however, said that the final score wasn't indicative of how the game really went.

"That's all the game was -- one play," said Brooks. "They didn't do anything on us all day."

But despite not scoring, the Gators' offense was a bright spot. On a drenched field, running back Mark Franklin led the way, rushing for 152 yards on 28 carries.

Perry Hall out-gained Woodlawn, 138-27, in the second half, despite a third-quarter leg injury to standout half back Mandel Marsh that kept him sidelined for the remainder of the game. Franklin picked up the slack, taking the handoff on 22 of his team's last 31 offensive plays.

The win inched Perry Hall closer to the top of the Class 4A, Region II state rankings, which determine what teams advance to the playoffs. Before yesterday, the Gators were fourth, with Woodlawn first.

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