No. 5 Woodlawn shuts down Randallstown for 26-6 win

Garnett scores two TDs on interception returns


High Schools

October 12, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Woodlawn's Damon Garnett pocketed $20 from his older brother, Jeff, after yesterday's 26-6 victory at Baltimore County Class 4A-3A League rival Randallstown.

It was yet another way the senior linebacker cashed in.

Garnett returned two of Woodlawn's five interceptions for touchdowns of 40 and 55 yards, and teammate Keith Mallory did the same with a 24-yard interception as fifth-ranked Woodlawn (3-0 league, 5-1 overall) won its fourth straight game.

The Rams (4-2 overall, 2-1 county) turned the ball over nine times. Woodlawn's Trey Lynch had an interception and a fumble recovery; Kheon Hendricks had a sack and a fumble recovery; Lenard Leslie and Scott Burley caused and recovered fumbles; and Lewan Leslie had an interception.

Andre Fuller and Michael Barnes had sacks, and Jason Goode and Ronnie Brown combined for 15 tackles as Woodlawn held Randallstown to 164 total yards.

"We played our hearts out," said Garnett, who made 16 tackles and sealed the victory with his 55-yard touchdown with 1:40 to play. "The ball came right to me, so I took it to the house both times."

Woodlawn led 6-0 when Jordan Brown's 8-yard scoring run ended a four-play, 77-yard drive with 2:53 left in the first quarter. Brown (60 rushing yards), who has six touchdowns on the year, left the game with a sprained ankle in the second quarter but should return next week against Dundalk.

"With us being rival schools, [Randallstown] made it tough on our offense," said Burley (6 feet 5, 318 pounds), a Maryland-bound lineman. "But our defense made up for what the offense couldn't do."

Woodlawn led 12-0 with 2:16 left in the first quarter when Mallory intercepted Marcus McLain, who faced a first-and-15 from his own 11-yard line.

Garnett's 40-yard return, which gave Woodlawn a 19-0 first-quarter lead, came with McLain facing a third-and-20 from his own 27-yard line after being sacked on the previous play.

Woodlawn had only 155 yards against Randallstown's defense, which got fumble recoveries from Efren Edwards and Timothy Morris and an interception by Jamari McCollough. On separate occasions in the third quarter, Woodlawn drives ended at the Rams' 1- and 2-yard lines.

"Minus turnovers, the score is 6-6," Rams defensive coordinator Evan Murray said.

Rams coach Albert Howard strongly considered replacing McLain with versatile Maryland-bound Chris Varner, who quarterbacked last year's Rams.

"I might have looked at the situation, made a change, but I didn't want the team to lose confidence in [McLain]," Howard said. "I wanted to show confidence in him. If you lose confidence in a kid, he can lose it in himself. Maybe in retrospect, I should have taken [McLain] out for a couple of series."

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