High school football

Catonsville sophomore running back Dana Jackson stiff-arms Owings Mills safety Justin Veins on his way to the endzone in the first half of the Comets' 57-18 victory. Jackson scored three touchdowns. (Photo by Steve Ruark / September 20, 2013)

Opening night of the brand new spacious concession stand at Catonsville High provided a smorgasbord of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and French fries for the overflow crowd of fans at the Comets' first home football game of the season.

On the field, the Comets provided them with a buffet of talented athletes, who proved they could score from anywhere on the field in Catonsville’s 57-18 triumph over injury-riddled Owings Mills (0-3).

Catonsville sophomore Dana Jackson (5 carries, 73 yards) scored on two rushing touchdowns (42 and 10 yards) and returned a kickoff 87 yards for a score.

Senior quarterback Joey Getzendanner added a 5-yard touchdown run and tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Musa Wichhart.

Junior Evan Rhodes (8 carries, 78 yards) and senior Delray Ragland also had rushing TDs and senior Teddy Crayton had a 63-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Catonsville rushed for 228 yards in the first half and led 44-12.

The Comets (2-1) have now scored 108 points in the past two games.

They defeated Dulaney, 51-7, in a contest that was completed Sept. 16, after its was suspended from Sept. 13 because of a thunderstorm.

Owings Mills scored on a pair of touchdown passes from sophomore quarterback Mike Johnson to junior Juston Christian (11 and 70 yards) before Johnson was injured early in the second half with a serious wrist problem.

Christian had six receptions for 144 yards.

Johnson's replacement, sophomore Mike Scott, also left game with an injury, as did several other Eagles.

Catonsville’s first score came on Owings Mills’ first offensive play when a shotgun snap sailed over Johnson’s head and he booted it through the uprights for a safety, just 14 seconds into the game.

The Comets marched 46 yards on seven plays on their first possession, with Getzendanner rolling for 17 yards on a scramble, before taking a bootleg five yards to paydirt with 8:01 remaining.

“It was a big touchdown because it extended the lead for us,” said Getzendanner, on his third rushing score this season. “Coach told me to bootleg it, but the running back didn’t know I was going to bootleg to avoid confusion.”

Kicker Garrett Wack made the first of his seven extra points, and two possessions later Jackson raced 42 yards on the first play from scrimmage for a 16-0 lead with 6:43 left in the first quarter.

“They told me to hit the hole so I hit it, and when I saw the opening, I took it and good things happened,” said Jackson, who played junior varsity last season.

Jackson added a 10-yard touchdown run behind left tackle Brian Palacios, but he credited his entire line.

That line included guards Zack Delker, Alex Kellerman and Jacob Weiss, tackle Julian Robinson and center Jake Faircloth.

“It’s fun,” said Jackson of the offense. “I have a great line, have great tight ends and wide receivers that block for me and then everything just comes in place when we work as a team.”

Getzendanner’s only scoring strike on a quick slant to Wichhart came one play after he connected with the 6-foot-2 junior on a 27-yard connection.

Jackson’s 87-yard kick return was the final score of the half for the Comets, who lead 44-12 at halftime.
The whole play was a blur for Jackson.

“I don’t even know what happened myself,” he said “I just got the ball and I was looking for some blocks and I had to make a couple moves and when I made them it just turned out to be good and my team kept on pushing me, so I just kept on going with them.”

Crayton’s punt return and Ragland’s 9-yard TD scamper were the only second-half scores for head coach Rich Hambor's squad.

Owings Mills senior back Tijuan Rhue scored the lone Eagle touchdown in the second half.

By that time, starting Comet quarterback Getzendanner was resting on the sidelines and soaking in the crowd, adorned in white because of the pre-planned ‘White Out.’

“We had a great crowd and I was just excited to be out here,” Getzendanner said. “I love it.”