Randallstown rips Loch Raven, 32-0, for 7th straight win Contee's 216 yards, most in 1st half, pace Rams win

October 17, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Another week, another team knocked from the unbeaten ranks by Randallstown.

The No. 3-ranked Rams remained perfect on the season, routing host Loch Raven, 32-0, in a Baltimore County Class 1A-2A contest of undefeated teams last night.

The victory sets Randallstown (7-0) up for a showdown at No. 13 Hereford next weekend in a game that probably will decide the league championship. Hereford defeated Lansdowne, 35-25, last night.

With running back Marshall Contee ripping through the Raiders' defense for 211 yards in the opening half, the Rams built a 26-0 halftime lead.

Contee, a senior transfer from Virginia, finished with 216 yards and a touchdown and helped set up another score. Junior quarterback Archie Trader threw for two touchdowns, and junior Quan Mitchell scored twice, as well -- once on offense and once on defense.

Last weekend, Randallstown ran past Patapsco, which was 5-0. Five teams in the Baltimore County 1A-2A League were undefeated going into last weekend. Only Randallstown and Hereford remain.

"Our lines did a great job, especially in the beginning," said Randallstown coach Bruce Strunk. "Our intensity was down in the second half, and Loch Raven came out and played hard."

Using a message in the grass by the field that read: "Beat The Rams" as motivation, Randallstown promptly dominated the +V game's first 24 minutes, out-gaining Loch Raven, 265-38.

The Rams finished with a 374-86 yard advantage, not allowing a first down until the first series of the second half, as they posted their fourth shutout in the last five games.

"Their defensive line was very impressive," said Loch Raven coach Chuck Weitz, whose team is now 6-1. "Our defense played well, but we gave up some big plays. We ran into a brick wall and couldn't get any momentum."

Contee started the barrage with a 67-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter. On the Rams' next possession, he broke a 55-yard run, leading to a 7-yard run by Jamal Brown and a 12-0 lead.

The Rams struck again on the next possession as Trader (133 yards passing) found James Jegede on a slant pattern for a 49-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 19-0 with 4: 20 remaining in the second quarter.

Things grew worse for Loch Raven only a minute later as Quan Mitchell stepped in front of a Cliff Johnson pass in the flat and went 25 yards for another touchdown.

"They thought we were a two-man team," said Contee. "They were doing some talking, but coach told us to approach this game like it was the NFC championship game. Next week, we're approaching it like the Super Bowl."

Pub Date: 10/17/98

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