Parkville routs Kenwood, 34-6


High Schools


Senior Razzaq Muhammad had a feeling Parkville was building toward a football season like this.

"My sophomore year, we were 6-4 and didn't make the playoffs. Last year, we went 6-5 and made the playoffs for the first time in school history," said Muhammad. "At the end of each season, I kept telling myself, `Help is on the way.' Now we have a backfield and linemen who are on point. [Second-year] Coach [John] Marquette has just revived us."

Muhammad's game-high 80 rushing yards and two scores, coupled with Russell Winborn's 71 yards and another touchdown keyed yesterday's 34-6 win over visiting Kenwood. The Knights are 4-0 overall and 3-0 in Baltimore County's 4A-3A League, having outscored their rivals, 137-18.

Michael Moore had a sack and a fumble recovery; Mike Keller, Jarrett Johnson and Aarron Marchanti had sacks; and Karon Palmer blocked a punt as part of a steady Parkville defense. In addition, Marchanti, Alexander Tucker, Joseph Golezynski, Kevin Popp and William Pilkerton comprised Parkville's offensive line, whose average size is only 6 feet, 214 pounds.

Behind the offensive line, Lamar Simmons went 4-for-7 for 172 yards and was sacked only once. He threw scoring passes of 73 and 74 yards to Brandon Driver and Kwame Johnson.

"We hadn't been passing a lot, so this was our most balanced offensive game," said Simmons, a first-year starting quarterback who had thrown for only 67 yards coming in. "Everything came together for us."

The Bluebirds (3-1, 2-1) totaled 220 yards, 119 of it passing. Down 28-0, Kenwood's Stephen Smith found James Baumgarten on a quick out, which Baumgarten turned into an 85-yard score with 4:44 left in the third quarter. Other than that, however, the Bluebirds couldn't sustain momentum.

"Last year was the building block. The kids got a taste of the playoffs, worked hard in the offseason, and accomplished a big goal in winning today," said Marquette, whose Knights are tied for the league lead with Perry Hall (4-0, 3-0). "They know the elite teams in the area and they want to be among them."

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