DeLeon, Towson run over Dulaney, 36-7

September 05, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

Last year Towson running back Tex DeLeon turned some heads when he gained more than 2,000 yards and finished second in rushing in the metro area as a junior.

But, because he didn't make the All-County team, DeLeon is a runner with a mission.

Yesterday, DeLeon helped prove he merits consideration among the area's best, rushing for 140 yards on 14 carries and scoring three touchdowns as the host Generals (1-0) defeated archrival Dulaney, 36-7, in a non-league game.

The game was the first between the two rivals in football since 1990, and although Towson has won the past two meetings, the Lions (0-1) lead the series 10-8-1.

"We've had some trouble getting off to good starts since I've been here," said Generals coach Bob Davis, who is 2-7 in openers at Towson. "Playing [Dulaney] is like playing your cousin, so you always want to beat them."

Davis was pleased with DeLeon's effort. "He's very hungry this year," he said. "Some people didn't take him seriously last year, so this season he wants to leave no doubt."

DeLeon gave credit to his offensive line for his impressive showing.

"I think we have a better [offensive] line this year than last," he said. "It's not hard to do what I do when you run behind guys like that."

DeLeon got the Generals going late in the first quarter, rushing for 39 yards in a five-play, 47-yard drive to give the Generals a 6-0 lead with 1:46 left.

After the Lions fumbled on a mishandled exchange on the first play of the next drive, giving Towson the ball at the Dulaney 26, the Generals wasted little time adding to the lead. DeLeon scored on the next play to make it 14-0.

Dulaney cut the lead in half midway through the second quarter.

With Towson facing a fourth-and-19 at its own 37, Generals center Jeff Hohman snapped the ball over DeLeon's head on a punt.

The recovery gave the Lions the ball on the Towson 23, and Mike Rapport ran it in two plays later to make it 14-7 with 4:06 left in the first half.

The Generals built on the lead on the next possession, going 59 yards in nine plays, capped by a DeLeon 7-yard touchdown run on the last play of the half, to make it 22-7.

The second half was all Towson, with Andy Matz's 37-yard pass to Jeremy Tibbles with 4:27 left in the third quarter building a 29-7 lead and putting the game out of reach.

Towson's defense only allowed the Lions 19 yards of total offense in the second half.

But Dulaney coach Chuck Klimek was pleased with his team's effort.

'We're predominantly an underclass team and most of our players don't have any varsity experience," he said. "This was a learning experience for us. Like all young teams, we looked like our own worst enemy out there at times."

Davis now must look forward to a meeting with Overlea, ranked No. 6 in The Baltimore Sun's preseason poll, at Dundalk Community College next weekend. The Falcons won their opener Friday night, defeating Elkton, 30-8.

"Overlea has some great athletes, and we'll need to work on our passing game some more," said Davis. "They have some tremendous athletes and we'll have to be in midseason form to play with them."

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