Owings Mills football

Owings Mills' Kevin Yrizzary is tackled by Patapsco's Shawn Pritchett after he catches a pass in the Eagles' 47-0 rout Friday night. (Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing / October 2, 2012)

Owings Mills hasn't reached the playoffs since 1997, but the Eagles are starting to believe this is their year.

Owings Mills improved to 4-1 Friday night with a 47-0 thrashing of visiting Patapsco.

The Eagles have five more games and three more wins should get them into the postseason.

"We should be 8-2 or 9-1," said Eagles' coach Steve Lurz, whose team missed the playoffs last year by a point in the standing and the year before by a game. "I have 26 seniors on this team and they are starting to believe in themselves." 


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Owings Mills received plenty of big plays on offense, defense and special teams against Patapsco (3-2).

Senior running back Jawon Johnson had three touchdowns. He rushed for one, caught another and returned a punt for a score. Senior quarterback Shane Gaines threw two touchdown passes and Tyler Bankert ran back a punt for a score.

 The Eagles led 19-0 at halftime, but the advantage could have been bigger if they hadn't lost three fumbles.

It was probably easy for Lurz to forget about the turnovers with all the big plays his team gave him.

Tailback Demetrius Johnson got Owings Mills rolling with a 13-yard run with 3:43 remaining in the first quarter.

Malik Williams increased the Eagles lead to 13-0 in the middle of the second quarter on a 26-yard run.

"We are running a new offense this year," said Lurz, whose team is averaging 27 points per game. "And our offense is clicking. It's a spread-option offense like Oregon runs."

Johnson finished the first-half scoring with a 53-yard punt return. 

In the second half, Gaines led the offense, tossing touchdown passes to Eddie Williams (32 yards) and Johnson (47).