Malloy passes, runs Pikesville to victory

Senior throws for 2 TDs, rushes for 2 as Panthers trounce Overlea, 35-8

Football

High Schools

October 19, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Pikesville senior Damond Malloy showed once again that he can beat you on the ground or in the air. The second-team All-Metro quarterback/defensive back threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 107 yards and two scores to lead the Panthers over host Overlea, 35-8, in a Baltimore County 2A-1A game last night.

"I knew they were going to come out and try to stop the run so I had to have a backup," Malloy said. "So me coming out throwing the ball really came through for us."

Malloy raised his season totals to 1,340 passing yards, an area-high, and 27 touchdowns through the air, and 923 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

"He is a great player. He steps up to whoever the opponent is," said Pikesville coach Joe Bosley. "You can take away one part of his game, but you can't take away both parts of his game."

Malloy got Pikesville (6-1, 4-0) on the scoreboard in the second quarter when he ran from 4 yards out after starting the series from midfield.

Overlea (5-2, 4-2) had several chances of its own in the first half, but dropped passes and fumbles turned into missed opportunities for the Falcons.

Overlea senior quarterback Craig McIntosh completed 10 of 35 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown and had two interceptions.

"They beat us fair and square," said Overlea first-year head coach Keith Robinson. "I am not sure if they are 35-8 better than us, but we did some things out of character. We dropped more passes tonight than we have dropped all season."

Malloy threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Tamba Gbakima with 1:25 remaining in the first half to send the Panthers into halftime ahead 14-0.

"That touchdown right before halftime just killed us. That took a little wind out of our sails," Robinson said.

On Pikesville's first possession of the third quarter, Malloy and Gbakima connected again, this time from 29 yards out. Gbakima had three receptions for 118 yards and two touchdowns on the night.

Overlea answered on the next drive when McIntosh found Antowan Bell for a 30-yard strike, and McIntosh's two-point conversion cut the lead to 21-8.

The Panthers' defense stepped up in the third quarter when Daniel Leeman intercepted McIntosh's pass on Overlea's 18-yard line and ran it back for a touchdown with 45 seconds left in the third quarter.

Malloy closed out the scoring in the game when he ran 29 yards for his fourth touchdown - his second rushing - at the 4:41 mark in the fourth quarter.

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