Perry Hall comes up big in beating Randallstown Football

September 24, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Nobody expected it, especially not Randallstown coach John Buchheister. But yesterday's Baltimore County 4A-3A League matchup between No. 15 Perry Hall and the host Rams turned on one risky, unexpected call that paid big dividends.

With Perry Hall buried at its own 5-yard line early in the second quarter, wide receiver Mandel Marsh broke down the right sideline, caught a floating pass from quarterback Kevin Znamirowski and streaked 95 yards untouched for the score.

It was the key play in a 14-0 Perry Hall win that left the Rams talking to themselves.

"Would you expect a high school football team to throw a pass like that from their own 5-yard line? I wouldn't," said Buchheister. "I know I couldn't have called it. You have to be a gambler."

But, according to Marsh, it wasn't that much of a gamble.

"When we come out, we try to figure out what plays we can and can't do," said Marsh, who also rushed nine times for 46 yards. "The way he was playing me, I saw we could do it."

With 4.4 speed, Marsh blew by defender Angelo Todd, catching the pass in stride five yards behind the nearest Randallstown player, and racing to the end zone to give his team a 7-0 lead.

Although the Gators dominated the statistics, they needed another big play to get their other seven points.

Later in the quarter, with Randallstown (1-3 overall, 1-2 in the league) at its own 22, the ball was snapped over the head of punter Faheem Hammett and Perry Hall took over at the Rams' 3.

On the next play, Mark Franklin (19 carries for 90 yards) went up the middle for the touchdown, extending the Gators lead to 14-0.

L Big plays, aside, however, this game belonged to the Gators.

Perry Hall (3-1, 3-0) controlled play on the offensive and defensive lines, consistently pushing back Randallstown's smaller and less experienced linemen.

The Gators more than doubled the Rams' offensive production, gaining 331 yards to Randallstown's 135.

Perry Hall had several chances to extend its lead, but failed to convert. Five times the Gators drove inside the Randallstown 35, including twice inside the 10, only to come away empty. But they had enough.

"We were able to control the ball, offensively," said Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy. "The offensive line got off the football and moved people."

"We just came ready to play today," said Franklin. "This was a big game for us."

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