Bloom's late field goal lifts Perry Hall, 15-12

October 16, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

In high school football, having a kicking game is considered a benefit.

Jason Bloom is a luxury.

Bloom nailed a 44-yard field goal with 1:50 remaining in regulation to lift the host Gators to a 15-12 victory over Woodlawn, in a Baltimore County 3A-4A League game yesterday.

With the victory, Perry Hall (4-2, 4-1) kept its hopes of a fourth consecutive league title alive and knocked Woodlawn (4-2, 4-1) out of a first-place tie with Randallstown (4-0 in league). The Warriors play Randallstown Friday night at Catonsville Community College.

Bloom, who missed a 43-yard attempt earlier in the quarter, immediately followed his game-winning kick with a kickoff that traveled close to 70 yards and hit the goal post.

"On the first one I missed, I really wasn't paying attention," said Bloom, who had a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter.

"On the second one, I told my holder to take a little more time because we had 30 seconds in between. I just wanted to take my time to line myself up because the first time I tried to over-kick, but the second time it was a smooth stroke."

The winning drive was set up by a fumble recovery by Greg McGrath at the Warriors' 26, but the Gators were called for an unsportsmanlike penalty after the play, pushing them back to the 42.

Perry Hall lost six yards on a running play, but runs by Eric Roche (7 yards) and Mark Kovak (14 yards) put the ball within Bloom's range.

"We talk about concentration and it's not the same person, it's different people, but that's part of the game," said Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy of his team's 80 yards in penalties. "We were still able to move the ball on their defense."

Starting at the 20 after Bloom's kickoff, Woodlawn advanced to the Gators' 49, but Davon Scott's pass was intercepted by Martin Kupis with 10 seconds remaining. Scott entered the game for the final drive in place of starting quarterback Troy Thomas, who was starting in place of Keion Carpenter.

Carpenter, one of the area's most versatile quarterbacks, was serving a one-game suspension after being disqualified from last week's game against Parkville. Under Baltimore County rules, a player disqualified from a game is not allowed to participate in the next one.

With Carpenter out, the Warriors had to attack the Gators on the ground. They rushed for 143 yards, 62 of which came on a touchdown run by Anthony Reid (91 yards) in the first quarter, pulling Woodlawn to 10-6.

After Bloom was tackled at the 1-yard line after a botched punt attempt, Reid scored on a 6-yard sweep around the right side, putting Woodlawn ahead, 12-10. The Gators tied the game at 12 with three minutes remaining in the first half on a safety as the ball went over the head of Warriors punter Ben Whelch.

"When you lose a player of Keion's ability it is going to hurt, but that's no excuse," said Woodlawn coach Brian Scrivens.

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