Goode's big plays let Woodlawn catch P. Hall

Senior receiver's 3 TDs clinch county title, 21-6

Football

November 01, 2003|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Third-ranked Woodlawn spent much of last night's Baltimore County showdown against host Perry Hall marching backward because of penalties.

Luckily for the Warriors, senior Jason Goode also spent a sizable portion of the night sprinting into the end zone.

Goode scored a career-high three touchdowns, including receptions of 65 and 63 yards from quarterback Justin Ross, helping Woodlawn score 21 unanswered points in a 21-6 win.

With its seventh straight win, Woodlawn (8-1 overall, 6-0 league) clinched its second straight Baltimore County 4A-3A title. The Warriors also solidified their grasp on the top seed in the Class 4A North region.

Perry Hall (6-3, 3-3) entered the night second in the region, with the top four teams earning a postseason berth. It was the second straight loss for the Gators, following last week's 23-22 setback to rival Dulaney.

On a night when Woodlawn was called for 138 yards in penalties, and was without a point near the end of the first half, it was Goode's big-play ability that made the difference.

"We were at a point where we were struggling," he said. "I took it upon myself to try to make something happen for the team."

With under 2 minutes left in the half, Goode took a screen pass, cut back, broke a tackle and sprinted 65 yards down the sideline for the tying touchdown. He then ran in the two-point conversion to give his team a lead it would never relinquish.

Goode, who finished with 127 yards receiving and 87 rushing, extended the lead on another big play late in the third quarter, using his 6-foot-4 height to leap and reel in a high-arching pass down the sideline, taking it the distance to complete the 63-yard scoring play to make it 14-6.

"I noticed that their cornerbacks try to play zone defense, but they weren't very disciplined," Goode said. "I just found a way to use my athletic ability to take advantage of that."

Goode later added a 17-yard scoring run to seal the win.

"It just took our kids time to settle down," said Woodlawn coach Leonard Hart. "Perry Hall came out to play ball. They had nothing to lose ... and I think my kids got a little complacent. But ... we pulled it together."

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