Perry Hall got a lesson in how to play football, and Eastern Tech's 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior Anthony Lawston was the teacher on both sides of the ball in a 34-0 rout in the rain last night at Perry Hall Elementary.
Lawston caught four passes for 79 yards and his eighth touchdown of the year. His second fumble recovery and a subsequent 20-yard reception set up the second of three touchdowns by teammate Jason Hartman (139 yards, 15 carries) during the No. 11 Mavericks' 20-point third period.
After nabbing his second interception of the evening, Lawston starched the Gators with a 60-yard scoring return down the Perry Hall sideline.
And during a 10-play drive that ended with Hartman's 3-yard run for a 21-0 lead, Lawston cleared the way by leveling Perry Hall's Bill Raab (two sacks).
Lawston also led the Mavericks with 11 tackles (five solos), followed by Troy Mason (six tackles, two solo) and Steve Costello (four solo, two sacks, 36 yards rushing).
It was the third time being shut out by a league rival for Perry Hall (5-3, 4-3), which shared last year's 3A-4A title with Woodlawn and Dulaney. The Gators also were beaten by No. 9 Milford (16-0) and No. 10 Woodlawn (47-0).
It was the sixth straight win for the Mavericks (7-1, 6-1), who entered the game averaging 36 points. Eastern Tech -- an earlier 14-13 loser to Woodlawn -- next takes on league-leader Milford Mill (7-0, 6-0). The Millers edged Woodlawn (6-1, 5-1), 36-28, last week.
Third-year Eastern Tech coach Nick Arminio said was told by Gators' athletic director Al Miller "that we had never beaten Perry Hall in a varsity game."
"We were charged up all week," said Lawston, an member of the National Honor Society and the junior class president who has 27 receptions for 451 yards this season, and 99 receptions for 1,976 yards and 18 TDs in three years. "I hope I can have another night like this against Milford Mill."
Offensively, the Gators netted 1 yard in the first quarter, when Hartman's 45-yard run, and Dan Eltringham's first of four extra-point kicks, made it 7-0 Eastern Tech. After Lawston's 44-yard scoring catch from Brian Nagel (10-for-15, 127 yards), the Gators trailed, 14-0, at halftime, had just 3 yards of offense. Nagel (1,128 passing yards) has an area-best 16 touchdown passes.
Held to 21 yards after three periods, Perry Hall's best scoring chance came late the fourth quarter. But facing third-and-goal at the Mavericks' 2, Marquis Dwarte (70 rushing yards) was dropped for a 5-yard loss by Calvin Pearce. The next play was an incomplete pass.
"Our hit-squad showed up tonight and had our best defensive game of the year," said Costello.
No. 2 Annapolis 40, Glen Burnie 6: Albert Creek ran for 104 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns as the undefeated Panthers (8-0) dropped the visiting Gophers (1-7) in an Anne Arundel County league game.
McDonogh 35, Gibbons 7: Behind 310 total yards rushing, the host Eagles (7-1, 6-0) rolled in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game. Anthony Esposito ran for 110 yards and Eric King had 100. Defensive tackles Joe Rosenbaum and Anuj Bhanhin combined for 18 tackles and a sack.
Pub Date: 10/25/97