Adrian Barrett of Randallstown thought he was going to be a goat. Instead, he wound up a hero.
Barrett, burned for a touchdown four plays earlier as a defensive back, caught a tipped pass from quarterback Brandon Holt for a 44-yard touchdown with 1:56 left. Haryn Singleton followed with the conversion run to give host Randallstown a 22-21 victory over Dundalk in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A game yesterday.
Barrett was the defensive back when Neely James caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Rich Venker with 3:38 left. Jason Wilcox ran for the two-point conversion and a 21-14 lead for Dundalk (6-3, 5-2).
Four plays later, Randallstown (5-4, 4-3) faced a second-and-10 from the Owls' 44. Holt threw for Barrett sprinting down the sideline in front of the Rams bench. Venker leaped and tipped the ball up. It fell right into Barrett's hands, and he raced for the touchdown.
"[He] tipped it up," said Barrett. "I was concentrating on the ball and scoring."
On the two-point conversion, coach John Buchheister wanted to pass, but Singleton and the other Rams changed his mind. Singleton ran the Randallstown counter-trey for the victory.
"He wanted to pass the ball, but I told him I was not going to be stopped," said Singleton.
His team's enthusiasm was one reason Buchheister agreed to go for the victory.
"It's their game," said Buchheister. "We had nothing to lose, absolutely nothing."
Randallstown (168 yards rushing) found success with counters and traps against Dundalk. Running back Angelo Todd ran for 153 yards and one touchdown on 28 carries as center Darian Crenshaw led a good line performance.
Dundalk, which lost to Perry Hall, 38-37, in double overtime last week, never really established its running game. The Owls jTC finished with 108 yards rushing, 78 of which came in the first half. John Satterfield, who entered the game with 968 yards rushing, finished with 58 yards on 13 carries.