It took Perry Hall just three plays to go 70 yards for a touchdown on the first possession of yesterday's game against host Woodlawn.
Conversely, the Warriors put together a 23-play drive that consumed nearly nine minutes in the third quarter, and came up empty.
The contrast in possessions was symbolic of the game.
No. 14 Perry Hall frustrated Woodlawn with its ability to break the big play en route to a 24-0 victory.
The Gators (5-1, 5-0) are now the lone unbeaten team in the Baltimore County 3A-4A League. Woodlawn (5-1, 4-1) suffered its first loss after opening the season with five straight victories.
Perry Hall set the tone when quarterback Kevin Znamirowski (2-for-2, 97 yards) threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Mandel Marsh on the game's third play.
The touchdown ended Woodlawn's string of three consecutive shutouts.
After a 5-yard touchdown run by Mark Franklin extended the Gators' lead to 14-0 midway through the second quarter, Perry Hall came up with its second big play.
With Woodlawn driving at the Perry Hall 34-yard line late in the quarter, strong safety Joe Farinetti intercepted Keion Carpenter's pass and returned it 63 yards to the Warriors' 5.
Franklin (16 carries for 88) again scored a touchdown on a 5-yard run and Perry Hall led 21-0 at halftime.
"Farinetti's interception really broke their backs and put them away," Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy said.
After the teams exchanged fumbles to start the second half, Woodlawn embarked on its 23-play drive.
The Warriors converted on fourth down four times during the series, which began at their 19.
But on fourth-and-goal at Perry Hall's 4, Chris Lyles was thrown for a 1-yard loss and the Gators took over.
Woodlawn may have actually done a favor for Perry Hall by taking so much time off the clock.
"Defensively we gave a little bit, but they never got in," Stoy said.
The Gators' near flawless performance -- they did not commit a single penalty -- left Stoy with little to be displeased about.
"We've played a couple good games in a row, but this was a little better competition and we played a good football game," Stoy said.
On the other side of the field, first-year Woodlawn coach Brian Scriven was wondering how his team would react after its first loss.
"At 5-0, we felt we had a good team, but we hadn't been tested," Scriven said. "We knew no one would test us like Perry Hall.
"We have to put this game behind us. We'll have to see what kind of character we have next week vs. Randallstown."