Woodlawn hangs on against Eastern Tech Warriors win, 22-6, but Mavericks rally near end

September 28, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Coach Nick Arminio took his "new" Eastern Tech Mavericks to Dundalk Community College last night. It's a team that is fast making a reputation as an over-achiever, winning games with grit and determination.

On this night, however, it was no match for the size and speed of Woodlawn.

The Warriors rushed for 314 yards and three touchdowns, including an 86-yarder by junior Reggie Damage that proved to be the game-winner, as they defeated Eastern Tech, 22-6, in a Baltimore County Class 3A-4A League game.

The Mavericks, now 3-1 (1-1 in the league) after earning just one victory a season ago, were in the game until the final two minutes, when their bid for a potential game-tying touchdown ended with a fumble on their own 35-yard line.

"We tried to relay to our kids that [Eastern Tech] was a tough team and had everything to gain," said Warriors coach Brian Scriven. "Yeah, we got the win, but it was a tough win. It was an ugly win."

Woodlawn (3-1 overall, 3-0 in the league) did the bulk of its damage in the trenches, using its substantially larger offensive line to open holes for Damage, Tavon Mason and Antwan Simmons.

Each scored a rushing touchdown, with Simmons taking it in from 4 yards out to cap off Woodlawn's initial drive, Damage making it 14-0 near the end of the third and Mason giving his team room to breath down the stretch.

"They have a bunch of athletes, and today they played a pretty good football game," said Arminio. "On offense, they executed and they didn't put the ball on the ground. We were a little out-manned and a little out-sized, but our kids came to play."

Trailing 14-0 midway through the fourth quarter, Eastern Tech mounted a comeback. Rodney Pearce's quarterback sneak with 5: 57 left cut the deficit to 22-6. Then, after forcing a punt on Woodlawn's next possession, the Mavericks regained possession with 2: 06 left to play.

This time, however, it wasn't to be. "Eastern Tech played a heck of a game," said Scriven. "They earned our respect today. We came out on top, and for us that's the bottom line, but they played us tough."

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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