Dundalk stands its ground, 40-14

Owls' 302 rushing yards pave way to impressive win over Randallstown


October 13, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

None of the players on the Dundalk High football roster was around the last time the Owls defeated Randallstown. Few experienced scoring against the perennial Baltimore County power, but both changed yesterday.

Showing their unbeaten record isn't a fluke, the No. 13 Owls established themselves as the team to beat in the county 4A-3A league with an impressive 40-14 victory over the visiting Rams. Dundalk (6-0, 5-0) remained the lone unbeaten in league play and dealt a severe blow to the repeat hopes of the defending champion Rams (4-2, 3-2).

Senior running backs Josh Ring and Jaired Rose each scored twice, benefiting from a powerful showing by Dundalk's offensive line, and Thomas Kane had three interceptions. The victory also strengthens the Owls' hold on first in the Class 3A North regional standings.

"We have only 29 guys on the team, but our motto is, `When it came my time, I laid it on the line,' " said Dundalk's first-year coach, Dave Eubank. "We just play hard for each other."

Eubank used his entire roster in establishing a two-touchdown advantage in the first half and not relinquishing it. In their previous two meetings with Randallstown, the Owls were outscored 75-0.

Dundalk has won 10 straight games since last season's 40-0 defeat to the Rams, who have made five straight state playoff appearances. The Owls viewed yesterday as a statement game.

"A lot of people don't believe in us," said Kane, who has intercepted seven passes this season. "We came out here today and put it on the line. We proved to everyone that we can win, and that we can keep on winning."

Kane's first interception short-circuited Randallstown's opening drive, resulting in a 6-yard run by Rose to conclude an 11-play, 76-yard drive for their first points against the Rams in nearly three seasons. The Owls took their next possession 56 yards, with Rose scoring on a 5-yard sweep to the right.

Ring's second touchdown, a 22-yard dash up in the middle extended the Owls' lead to 28-6 early in the third quarter. Randallstown got to within 28-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Dundalk quarterback Aaron Pack found a wide-open Donte Coleman for a 60-yard score.

The back-breaking pass play was made possible by Dundalk's running game. Ring ran for 118 yards and Rose recorded 114 as the Owls finished with 302 rushing yards.

Junior quarterback Christen Varner accounted for 137 of Randallstown's 180 yards, including a 36-yard scoring run. Rose led the Owls' defense with six tackles from linebacker and Powell contributed five. Marcus Williams led the Rams' defense with eight tackles, with Jabari McCollough, Marcus Williams and Adrian Brown each adding seven.

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