By Nelson Coffin, Towson Times
11:03 AM EDT, September 1, 2012
Hardly anyone today has seen highlights of 6-foot-1, 232- pound Marion Motley's devaststing running ability or even heard of the former Cleveland Browns running back's ability to bulldoze through defenders in a Hall of Fame career, primarily because his playing days ended in 1955.
Yet the Dulaney Lions had a bitter taste of what it must have been like to try stopping a Motley clone, Kenwood's 6-1, 235-pound road grader Dennis Harrell, on Saturday afternoon in a 42-6 shellacking by the Bluebirds.
Harell set the tone for Kenwood by bullying his way on a 9-yard run up the middle for the Bluebirds' first touchdown, dragging tacklers lucky enough not to be run over by him into the end zone.
The junior did the same on a couple of two-point conversions as well.
"Coach showed me some love by putting me on the field," Harrell said with a wide grin. "And I just tried to show him what I can do."
Still, Harrell wasn't the only weapon employed by first-year coach Stephen VonCanon.
Senior A'Donta Wallace (19 yards) and juniors Tyshaun Owens (16) Jaleel Figgins (24) produced scoring runs of their own while junior Crishawn Lewsis (28) and senior Kieth Moody (35) returned interceptions for touchdowns in the rout.
Meanwhile, the Kenwood defense, spearheded by linemen Ben Runk, Keita Alassane, William Colson, Dylan Martin and Bart Burton, frustrated the Lions' usually reliable ground game and stifled their passing attack as well.
"We're coaching our kids to be aggressive," said VonCanon, who has already matched last year's win total in his Kenwood debut. "We're going to get after people."
The lone slip-up came when senior quarterback Pete Benzinger had a hot hand throwing the ball in a seven-play, 45-yard drive in the second quarter, completing three tosses to senior Dre Lewis for 40 of those yards and a 12-yard touchdown to tie the score, 6-6, with 9:35 left in the half.
Other than that, the Lions couldn't get much going.
"They beat us up front, tackle to tackle," Dulaney coach Chris Fallon said. "And we made a lot of stupid mistakes, too. As coaches, we have to take a look at ourselves and the players, because there's not a whole lot of positives to take out this game."