Woodlawn tops Randallstown

October 17, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

There's something about Randallstown that brings out the best in Woodlawn's Troy Sheppard. A year ago, he scored the winning touchdown in the Warriors' victory.

And last night, he picked up where he left off.

Sheppard scored one touchdown running and another receiving to lead No. 11 Woodlawn to a 13-7 win over the Rams in a Baltimore County 4A-3A League game at Catonsville Community College.

"He likes these games," Woodlawn coach George Goudy said of Sheppard, who led the team with 110 yards rushing and 27 yards receiving. "I guess he likes playing at night. He seems to run better under the lights."

The win was Woodlawn's second straight over arch-rival Randallstown (3-4, 2-3), which dropped its fourth straight.

With Randallstown playing tight defense in the middle of the line, Woodlawn was forced to try their luck from the outside. That's where Sheppard stepped in.

The senior took a pitch from Rodney Pettit and swept 12 yards around the right side to keep the Warriors (6-1, 5-1) moving on their first serious drive late in the first half. Five plays later, Sheppard reached over his right shoulder to haul in Pettit's 13-yard touchdown pass, capping a nine-play, 56-yard drive and giving Woodlawn a 7-0 lead after Pettit's kick with 26 seconds left in the half.

Randallstown answered on the first play from scrimmage of the second half. Angelo Todd took a handoff, drove through the middle and raced 80 yards down the left sideline to tie the game at 7 just 13 seconds into the half.

On the ensuing kickoff, Sheppard struck again, breaking two tackles and racing 39 yards down the right sideline. Three plays later, he barreled straight ahead into the open field for a 34-yard touchdown run, giving Woodlawn a 13-7 lead.

"I was really pumped up," said Sheppard. "This is the best game I've ever played."

The first half was a battle for field position. Randallstown had the best chance to score early on, as the Rams drove 60 yards on their first possession but failed to convert when running back Haryn Singleton was stopped for no gain on a fourth-and-three at the Woodlawn 5.

The Rams drove to Woodlawn's 11 on their next possession but again failed to convert on a fourth-down situation.

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