Malloy, Pikesville slip by Owings Mills

Panther runs for 2 TDs, throws for 2 in 35-34 win

Football

High Schools

October 27, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Owings Mills' players had a photo of Pikesville's Damond Malloy, the area's rushing leader, plastered all over their locker room. Their motive was to stop him, but last night, Malloy got a lot of help from his friends.

Malloy, a quarterback, rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns, and threw two scoring passes to Reggie Dean as the Panthers won for the seventh straight time in a Baltimore County 2A-1A league game, 35-34, to spoil Owings Mills' homecoming.

Dean had three receptions for 79 yards and a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Pikesville (7-1 overall, 5-0 league).

The Panthers also got clutch defensive play from Daniel Leeman, whose interception of a pass batted by teammate Kenneth Henry ended the final drive by the Eagles (4-4, 4-4) with 45 seconds left.

"Damond's a large part of our offense, but we realize we have to work together to win big games like this," Dean said. "It's a team game and tonight, everyone stepped up at different times."

The Panthers, who visit No. 3 Hereford next week, are trying to equal the school record of 8-2 established in 1986, and are trying to reach the playoffs for only the second time in the school's history.

With a 34-29 lead and 3:51 remaining, Owings Mills' 34-yard field-goal try fell short. Although the ball bounced in and out of the end zone -- an apparent touchback -- officials ruled it a live ball and allowed Pikesville's Sidney Hines to return it 60 yards to the Owings Mills 41.

From there, Malloy ran six straight times -- once for 11 yards while facing fourth-and-10 at the 30 -- before scoring the game-winner from 19 yards out.

"When Sidney returned it, I knew we had another shot," Malloy said. "When that last opportunity came up, we scored."

Malloy made perhaps the play of the game seven seconds before halftime. Down 21-14 with 18 seconds left in the half, he ran 25 yards, then out of bounds, to stop the clock with seven seconds left. On the next play, Malloy eluded two defenders and threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Dean against the wind as time elapsed. His conversion run gave Pikesville a 22-21 lead.

The Panthers overcame a counter-oriented run attack led by Owings Mills' Mike McCullough, Chris Patrick, Marvin Nash and Charles Culver.

McCullough scored twice, once on an 85-yard kickoff return. Culver returned a kickoff 65 yards, and Patrick and Nash scored on runs of 20 and 2 yards, respectively, for the Eagles.

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