Dundalk tops Dulaney, grabs first

Johnson, Fazier both get 2 touchdowns in 38-20 win


October 06, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The top of the Baltimore County 4A-3A League has been dominated over the years by Randallstown, Milford Mill and Woodlawn.

Yesterday, the Dundalk Owls took their place alone on the perch.

Sparked by two rushing touchdowns from Tavon Johnson and two more from Reggie Fazier, the Owls defeated host Dulaney, 38-20, to take over first place in the 4A-3A football standings.

Dundalk's Thomas Kane had two interceptions, one of which he returned for a 64-yard score.

Erick Sogcfack led Dulaney (3-2 overall, 3-1 league) with 80 yards and a touchdown.

Both teams made the early part of the game look like anything but a fight for first place. Dundalk (5-0, 4-0) had five turnovers, while the Lions turned it over three times.

"We made a lot of mistakes today," said Dundalk coach David Eubank, "but we played good, hard football. These kids have a drive to win, and that's what won us the game."

The Owls took a 22-7 lead on the last play of the first half when Kane stepped in front of Eric Materkowski's pass at their own 36, and ran it back for a touchdown.

Dulaney got the touchdown back on the opening kickoff of the second half. The Owls mishandled a reverse in their own end zone and Dulaney's Robert Virgin fell on the ball for a touchdown to cut the lead to 22-13.

The Lions stopped Dundalk on its next possession, and then got the ball back at their own 21. Dulaney engineered a 14-play, 79-yard drive - capped by Sogcfack's 7-yard run - to cut the score to 22-20 with 1:10 left in the third quarter.

Two possessions later, the Owls took over on downs at their own 49. Dundalk put together a seven-play, 51-yard drive and extended the lead to 30-20 when Johnson scored on a 13-yard run with 6:20 left in the game.

"I was beginning to doubt myself a little because I had two fumbles, but [my teammates] picked me up, " said Johnson, who transferred to Dundalk from Chesapeake of Baltimore County this year. "I love the attitude on this team, and this was a big win for us. Games like this are where respect comes from."

Dulaney coach Steve Watts was complimentary of Dundalk's effort.

"Penalties killed us today, but they're a good football team," Watts said. "I think our team showed them that we can compete with anyone. I'm proud of our effort today."

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