Last year, when Perry Hall lost at home to Catonsville on a touchdown in the final 30 seconds, Jeff Iweh was a reserve quarterback and defensive back.
Now, the starting quarterback, the 6-foot-3 senior wasn’t going to let that happen again Friday night at Catonsville.
Iweh passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another, and the ground attack netted 259 yards as the Gators (4-1) thumped the Comets (2-3), 45-7.
It was Catonsville’s first loss on its home turf after 15 straight victories and it happened on Comets coach Rich Hambor’s birthday.
It was Perry Hall’s offense that did most of the celebrating.
“We really wanted it,” Iweh said. “We didn’t want to lose to them three years in a row. We wanted to come in here and show what we got, because last year we had it and it slipped through our hands, so we just wanted to show everybody that it’s not going to happen again this year.”
Iweh’s favorite target, not surprisingly, was his twin brother, Jerry, who caught touchdown passes of 19 and 86 yards in the first half as the Gators built a 32-6 lead.
“It’s just a connection,” said Iweh, of throwing to his twin.
The quarterback, who completed 11 of 17, had most of his success passing over the middle.
“I was looking off the safety because they only had one safety and I was just airing it out to my receivers,” said Iweh, who also had a 56-yard touchdown strike to Courtney Johnson.
When he wasn’t attacking by air, he was handing to junior Mike Morris (7 carries, 99 yards), who ran for three touchdowns out of the no-huddle shotgun that kept the Comet defense on their heels.
“The mindset is the opponent is going to wear out,” Perry Hall coach Keith Robinson said. “It might happen in the second quarter. It might happen in the third quarter, but we are going to wear them out.”
Meanwhile, the Gator offensive line of center Kamran Feathers, guards Sean Spedden and Dominic Fales and tackles Andrew White and Dan Ertel helped produce 398 yards on 36 plays in the first half.
“Last week (a 21-7 win over Franklin) we ran 70 offensive plays and that’s our goal every week,” Robinson said. “We feel like if we can run 70 plays we are going to put a ton of points up.”
The only way the Comets could have stayed in the game was if they could produce sustained scoring drives and they only had one of those the entire night.
It came after a 34-yard kickoff return by Dwight Harrell that included a 15-yard face mask penalty.
After a nine-yard loss following a high snap on first down, the Comets marched 42 yards on 10 plays for their only touchdown.
Pass completions of 24, 13 and 5 yards from Joey Getzendanner (12-for-27, 76 yards) to Teddy Crayton, and a completion to Antwan Pearson, keyed the drive that ended with a 1-yard plunge by Calloway Lee behind the block of reserve center Kyle Roberts, who was filling in for starter Jake Faircloth (shoulder injury).
Perry Hall’s defense, anchored by linemen Ben Vargas, Zach Booker and Brandon Stever and linebackers John Honeycutt, Dominic Wilson and Patrick Whitty, blanked the Comets in the second half and held them to just 69 yards rushing one year after they allowed 322 yards rushing in a 28-21 loss to them.
“That’s the key this year, our balance,” Robinson said. “We feel like we can score on anybody and we feel like we can shut anybody down.”