No. 3 Rams stay perfect, run past Patapsco Randallstown uses speed, size to muscle outmanned Patriots, 28-6

Football

October 11, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Third-ranked Randallstown used sheer speed and numbers to break away from Patapsco, 28-6, yesterday in a battle of unbeatens.

"You can't divide 17 into 36, and win very often when you're of equal or less ability," said Patapsco coach Al Bennetta, referring to the number of players Patapsco (5-1) had compared to the Rams (6-0).

Another variable was Randallstown's quickness, which helped it blow open a close game with a pair of touchdowns in the first three minutes of the final quarter.

Entering this weekend, five teams in the Baltimore County 2A-1A League were undefeated. Now, it's down to three: Hereford, Loch Raven and Randallstown. Saturday the Rams will play Loch Raven, which defeated Lansdowne, 30-10, in yesterday's other battle of 5-0 squads.

The surprising Patriots, who have already surpassed last season's win total of four, battled all game. Their score came on a 2-yard run by Travis Johnson with 11: 28 remaining, which made it 14-6 and ended the Rams' bid for a fourth straight shutout.

Seventeen seconds later, Jamal Brown, who had fumbled two punt returns, crossed the end zone for Randallstown after returning the ensuing kickoff 80 yards, putting the Rams up, 21-6.

On Randallstown's next possession, quarterback Archie Trader found a wide-open left side out of the triple option, and sprinted 56 yards for the Rams' final score.

Trader, a junior, rushed for 125 yards on five carries, and had a 55-yard option run for a touchdown in the third quarter. Marshall Contee had 83 yards and a touchdown.

The Rams outgained Patapsco, 301-152, as linebackers Quan Mitchell, Mykal Bouie and James Foreman, kept the Patriots from breaking long gains on the ground.

"They [Patapsco] are tough, hard-nosed and never quit," said Rams coach Bruce Strunk, who improved to 14-3 in two seasons at Randallstown. "They played with a lot of heart, but we had the numbers and speed on them. I think we just wore them down."

After stopping Patapsco on a fourth-and-one, the Rams overcame three penalties to drive 65 yards in five plays as Contee scored from 4 yards for the game's opening score with 3: 37 left in the first half.

Randallstown missed a golden opportunity on its first possession of third quarter, getting to the Patriots' 2, but a clipping penalty and a missed 29-yard field goal ended the drive.

On their next possession, Contee and Trader got their signals crossed on the fake option handoff, but Trader kept the ball and got outside to the right for the 55-yard touchdown and a 14-0 advantage with 5: 51 left in the third.

"If our line was a little bigger, we could've hanged with them for a little longer," said Patapsco senior quarterback Pat Melucci. "Their defensive line was bigger than our line, and that killed us."

Pub Date: 10/11/98

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