Randallstown rushes past Owings Mills Stallings, Eggleston run Rams to 24-22 victory

September 28, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Randallstown's proud tradition includes two of Baltimore County's three state football titles, but its recent fall from grace included last year's 2-8 record.

But if yesterday's 24-22 victory at Owings Mills' homecoming is any indication, things may be looking up again for the Rams.

T.J. Stallings (138 yards, one touchdown) and Melvin Eggleston (103 yards, one touchdown) led the Rams (3-1) over the Eagles (3-1). Stallings entered the game as the area's No. 1 rusher, but remains the No. 2 scorer behind the Eagles' Marvin Reed (99 yards, two touchdowns).

"They [Eagles] had speed in the right places, composure and heart, but I like how we came back to win," said Bruce Strunk, the Rams' sixth coach in five seasons.

Kenneth Jackson recovered an Owings Mills' fumble at the Eagles' 31, and Stallings scored from 10 yards out three plays later for a 6-0 lead with 4: 49 left in the first period. Jerome Lawson's conversion run made it, 8-0.

But Reed made it 8-8 with 3: 30 left in the first half.

His 5-yard run completed an eight-play, 46-yard drive, during which the Rams were twice penalized for pass interferance. Reed also made the conversion catch from Keith Levin.

The Eagles led, 14-8, with 6: 36 left in the third quarter after Reed's 2-yard run capped a nine-play, 60-yard drive during which the Rams were penalized for face-masking and pass interference, respectively. Randallstown trailed, 16-8, after Reed's conversion run.

It was 16-16 with 1: 48 left in the third period after Eaggleston's 56-yard run and Lawson's conversion and 24-16 Randallstown, after Lawson's 5-yard score and a conversion run by Dieter Munz.

Lawson's effort, with 9: 31 to play, was set up Muslin Bilal's third-quarter interception at the Owings Mills' 21.

The Eagles' ensuing 10-play, 70-yard drive ended with Frank Bruton's 11-yard touchdown run to make it a 24-22 game with 4: 38 to play. Reed sustained the drive with a 20-yard run on fourth-and-four at the Rams' 47, but Levin's conversion run attempt was stopped short by the Rams' Travis Reeves (five solo tackles).

The Eagles fumbled on their last drive with 20 seconds left and the Rams' B.J. Thomas (five tackles, two forced fumbles) recovered to end the game.

Impressed with his players, Owings Mills' first-year coach Randy Pentz told them afterward: "Our new goal is to go 9-1."

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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