Dulaney coach Chris Fallon has had more than his share of problems: numerous injuries, an 1-7 start and an embarrassing 46-0 loss to Randallstown two weeks ago.
Those things led to severe disappointment.
"Guys were concerned we weren't developing as a team," Fallon said.
That perception may have changed with the Lions closing the season with two straight victories.The biggest came Friday night when Dulaney posted a 34-18 victory over host and heated rival Loch Raven (5-5) in Towson.
"It took us a while, but we finally developed as a team," Fallon said.
Senior Chris Davis powered the Lions past Loch Raven, rushing for 214 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
The linebacker also returned an interception for a touchdown.
"I would say he is probably the most physical and hard North-South runner we have seen all year," Loch Raven coach Ryan Heaney said of Davis, who gained 300 yards in a win over Patapsco in early October. "At the point of attack, they were very physical. No matter what adjustment we tried to make, that young man was going to run hard all day."
Senior quarterback Dre Lewis joined in on the fun for the winners, rushing for scores of 10 and 13 yards. Senior cornerback Deion Franklin led the Lions' defense, picking off two passes.
Dulaney had problems stopping Loch Raven junior quarterback Logan Marques near the goal line in the first half.
He rushed for two 1-yard touchdowns, including the second one on the last play of the second quarter to put the Raiders ahead 12-6.
Dulaney tied it at 12-12 early with 8:23 remaining in the third quarter on Stephon Smith's 40-yard punt return. Davis ran in the 2-point conversion.
About two minutes later, Darius Fulton scored from six yards out to give Loch Raven a 18-14 lead.
But Dulaney took the lead for good on the next drive of two plays. Both were 27-yard runs by Davis.