Randallstown stifles Woodlawn, runs streak to 8 with 22-6 win

Offense shaky, but Rams allow just 68 total yards


High Schools

November 04, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Randallstown coach Anthony Knox watched yesterday's 22-6 win over Baltimore County 4A-3A league rival, Woodlawn, with an eye toward the playoffs. He like some of what he saw.

The Rams (8-1 overall, 8-0 league) held Woodlawn (7-2, 7-1) to 68 total offensive yards to win their eighth straight game and clinch at least a share of their second consecutive county title.

But the offensive showing didn't please Knox as much. After a 4-yard scoring pass from Tyrell Brown to Chaz Breedan for a 6-0 lead, Randallstown had five turnovers. The last turnover, an interception by Michael Clarke, set up Ben Noriega's 1-yard scoring run with 15 seconds to play. That ended Randallstown's streak of five straight shutouts.

The Rams can win the Class 3A North regional and a top-four state playoff seeding by defeating Milford Mill (7-2 overall, 7-1 league) on Saturday. Then they can focus on the playoffs and teams such as defending state champ Calvert County, three-time champ Urbana, nine-time champ Seneca Valley and last year's runner-up, Annapolis.

"We're in a class where, if you give a team an inch, they'll take five miles. So in order to get where we want to go, we need to play perfect football. We did not do that today," said Knox. "Really, the sky is the limit for this team. Our defense played with presence today. It always does. We have size, power, speed."

The list of yesterday's defensive stars begins with linebacker Tarik Henson and defensive end Jerron Richardson.

Henson had three sacks and returned a fumble - caused by teammate Dana Dorsey - for an 8-yard touchdown and a 20-0 halftime lead. Richardson had six tackles for lost yardage, including five sacks - the last of which went for a safety late in the fourth period.

Randallstown's defense, specifically Keith Purnell's fumble recovery at the Warriors' 17, set up a touchdown for a 14-0 lead 7:21 before halftime. The score, a 17-yard run by Bryan Carroll, was followed by a two-point conversion run by Kermi Alexander.

Defensively, Carroll collected his 10th interception yesterday, and Alexander (11 tackles) recovered a fumble and had a sack. Second-team All-Metro pick Randy Vince had 10 tackles, Michael Johnson recovered a fumble, and Blake Crosby broke up two passes.

"I'm happy, defensively, but we have the weapons on offense, too. We just made too many unforced errors," Knox said. "We had a touchdown called back for holding penalty, didn't do the things we need to do, offensively."

The Warriors were without star quarterback, Mark McKenzie, who was serving a one-game suspension for being ejected from last week's loss to Dundalk.

"We missed Mark running the ball and on special teams. It might have made a difference, but maybe not that big of one," said Woodlawn's Jesse Hayes, a second-team All-Metro pick as a lineman last fall. "You can't worry about that stuff, though. We came out here, everybody played hard, it just wasn't enough."

Randallstown lineman Michael Balsamo, taken by ambulance to nearby Northwest Hospital, strained ligaments in his right knee, according to trainer Rodney Nelson.

There was a postgame ceremony honoring Randallstown's 1999 All-Metro defensive back, Marshall Contee, who died in June.

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