Woodlawn controls Dulaney for 13-0 win Warriors record second straight shutout

September 22, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Talented, but undisclipined. That's the line that many of Woodlawn's players have often heard over the past couple seasons.

With yesterday's 13-0 victory over visiting Dulaney in a key early-season meeting of favorites in the Baltimore County 4A-3A League, the Warriors hoped to quiet some of their critics.

"The main thing we have worked on this year is disclipine," said junior linebacker Brandon Jones. "That sets a tone for a team. That's why Dulaney took it to us last year, but this year, it was all about disclipine. [It's] not so much are they going to beat us, but are we going to beat ourselves."

Despite out-gaining Dulaney (2-1, 1-1), 306 yards to 154, Woodlawn (2-1, 2-0) only managed two touchdowns (both in the first half) and fumbled five times, but recovered each one.

The Warriors' defense, led by Jones (nine tackles) and senior Sherard Berry (seven tackles and a sack) kept Dulaney, which scored 42 points last week, out of the end zone.

The Lions, who ran 42 offensive plays in comparison to 69 for Woodlawn, pushed inside the Woodlawn 15-yard line on two occassions but were stopped on downs each time.

"They deserve all the credit," said Dulaney third-year coach Jeff Mann, whose team beat Woodlawn last season. "They are a great football team."

Dulaney managed 15 yards in the opening quarter, while Woodlawn had 74, most of that coming on an 11-play, 52-yard zTC drive, which was capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by junior Atwan Simmons.

The scoring play could have been an early disaster for Woodlawn as Simmons (16 carries, 92 yards) fumbled the ball near the 5, but he fell on it in the end zone.

The Warriors capitalized after intercepting Dulaney quarterback Cliff Berger (8-for-22, 94 yards) in the second quarter. The turnover set up a 10-play, 59-yard scoring drive, which was capped by a 18-yard touchdown reception by Sterling Brown.

"It wasn't an overwhelming game on either side of the football," said Woodlawn coach Brian Scriven, whose team has posted consecutive shutout victories. "They moved the ball on us, but when we needed to step up, we did."

* City 34, Crossland 0: Taber Small ran for 103 yards on 18 carries and quarterback Michael Johnson threw for 87 yards and two touchdowns as the host and No. 5 Knights (3-0) recorded their second straight shutout.

City's defense finished with three interceptions.

* Gilman 28, Bladensburg 0: Danny Coyle rushed 13 times for 65 yards, including two touchdowns as No. 15 Gilman (3-0) shut out host Bladensburg.

Gilman totaled 305 offensive yards and held Bladensburg (0-3) to 110.

* No. 12 Wilde Lake 29, No. 13 Centennial 7: Quentin Collins returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown to carry the host Wildecats (3-0, 2-0 in Howard County League) past the Eagles (2-1, 1-1).

Dain Lewis (19 carries, 115 yards) led a Wilde Lake running attack that gained 218 yards on 38 carries. Sean Jefferson gained 60 yards and Kyle Leibe 46.

* Douglass-PG 50, Westminster 6: Douglass of Prince George's County, which defeated then-No. 1 Dunbar last week, used its speed to run away from Westminster.

Alex Coleman opened the game for Douglass by scoring on a 91-yard kickoff return. He added a 49-yard touchdown run on Douglass' second play from scrimmage.

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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