Perry Hall clinches at least tie for 4A-3A title with 21-6 win

Stout running game takes down Woodlawn

Football

October 31, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Perry Hall's Chris Wancowicz spent his freshman year hearing how great the Gators were when his older brother, Jason, played in the early 1990s.

This, even as the younger Wancowicz's Gators struggled through a one-win season.

"He told me how they had a huge line, and they'd run the ball behind him all day long," Chris Wancowicz said. "They'd just fire off the ball and pound it. We're trying to bring that back."

Chris Wancowicz did his brother proud during yesterday's 21-6 Baltimore County 4A-3A league victory at Woodlawn (4-5 overall, 3-3 league). Tim Wells rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns, and Mike Rogers added 70 yards and one touchdown.

Their efforts led to a 21-0 lead and the fifth straight win for the Gators (7-2, 5-1), who have clinched at least a tie for the league title with only next week's game against Kenwood remaining, as well as a berth into the Class 4A North region playoffs.

Defensive end Marcus Jones had four sacks, Joe Dillard had one sack, Brian Longdo knocked down a pass, and Jeff Sanders had an interception as Perry Hall held Woodlawn to 85 total offensive yards. Jones had one sack on each of Woodlawn's first two drives.

"We had to adjust our game plan to fit [Jones]. He did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage," said Woodlawn coach Jemal Griffin, whose team got Yorel Johns' 58-yard scoring pass from Michael Whitehead with 1:04 to play.

"Sometimes football is about who is going to be the most physical," Griffin said. "They were bigger, stronger and just wore us down in the second half."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Wancowicz was part of an offensive line whose average size is 6-3, 270 pounds, conjuring memories of the title-winning Gators from the era of his brother, who went on to become an All-Patriot League performer at Bucknell University.

Perry Hall was 2-8 in 2002 and 7-4 last year, reaching the Class 4A state playoffs during Nick Arminio's first season as head coach.

"My brother has always coached me, helped me, showed me what I do wrong and motivated me," said Wancowicz, who lined up alongside Alex Tana, Jeremy MacDonald, Tim Van Pelt and James Reich. "Going from 1-9 my freshman year to 7-2 right now feels great."

For the third straight game, Griffin stood in for head coach Leonard Hart, who suffered internal burns in his right arm as a result of a shock he received while repairing an electronic sign in the school. Hart wore a cast on the sidelines.

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