Malloy leaves no doubt, leads Pikesville to victory

QB accounts for 6 TDs in 41-34 win over Overlea

Football

High Schools

October 20, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

There were plenty of questions about the quality of competition Pikesville quarterback Damond Malloy had faced entering last night's game against visiting Overlea, the Panthers' toughest opponent since a season-opening two-point loss to Mount Hebron.

But after his 300-yard, four-touchdown rushing effort and his 100-yard passing performance for two more scores - both of which came in the first half of a 41-34 win - the only question is, is there anything Malloy can't do?

"He's just a solid kid with a lot of heart," said Overlea coach R.J. Windows, whose Falcons slipped to 4-3 with the Baltimore County 2A-1A League loss. "We knew he could run the ball, but he threw a lot better than I expected."

Malloy's 85-yard run opened up a 33-14 lead to start the second half, but Overlea rallied to take a 34-33 lead on scoring runs from Dustin Whitehead, Brandon Dudley and Sean Hanson of 57, 7 and 1 yards, respectively.

With 3:19 to play, however, Malloy returned a kickoff 60 yards to the Overlea 25. He then ran six straight times - the last a 1-yarder for the game-winning touchdown - and followed it with a conversion run for the winning margin with 1:47 to play.

"It was the same play almost every time - a 24-blast up between Adam Storie and Matthew Akman," said Malloy, who did lots of damage out of a shot-gun formation. "You line up that way because you can see most of the field and the entire line. We just kept going at it and they never stopped it."

Malloy leads area scorers with 21 rushing touchdowns and has gained 1,262 yards on the ground.

Malloy's effort hoisted Pikesville (6-1) to its sixth straight victory since a season-opening 17-15 loss to Mount Hebron. It also overcame an equally solid performance by Overlea quarterback Craig McIntosh, 5 feet 6, 150 pounds, who was 12-for-18 for 291 yards and threw scoring passes of 61 and 14 yards to Eddie Johnson and 6-4 Antowan Bell, respectively. McIntosh leads the area with 1,337 passing yards and 13 touchdowns.

McIntosh struck first, giving Overlea a 6-0 lead on his pass to Johnson. But on the next series, Malloy rushed six times for 53 yards - including a 15-yard scoring run and three first downs in the first-half - to complete a 10-play, 65-yard drive for a 7-6 Pikesville lead as the first period ended.

"He's what we have, so we go with him," Pikesville coach Joe Bosley III said of Malloy. "I wouldn't be a good coach if I didn't just go with what works, and he works for me."

McIntosh's 14-yard pass to Bell ended a 60-yard drive for a 14-7 Overlea lead, but Pikesville scored the next 20 points to take a 27-14 advantage at halftime.

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