The opening kickoff provided the portent that yesterday would not be visiting Kenwood's day.
Jason Bloom, Perry Hall's fine kicker, tried to drive it hard and low through the Bluebirds' front line.
Instead, the ball caromed off a Kenwood player, Perry Hall recovered on the mud-splattered field and two minutes later Mark Franklin scored for the Gators to climax a seven-play, 46-yard drive.
That started a 33-13 romp for 14th-ranked Perry Hall over a team that is finding life more difficult this season in Baltimore County's 3A-4A league.
"I only wanted to drive it low on the ground," said Bloom, whose strong punting kept Kenwood backed in its own territory most of the rainy afternoon.
"We tried to kick it low and hard," added coach Joe Stoy. "But the kid got in the way and it turned out to be a big play. We took the ball right down the field and scored."
Kenwood (1-2) never recovered from the quick turnaround until it was too late, falling behind 21-0 by the half while crossing midfield only once.
Then, when it appeared the Bluebirds might make it uncomfortable, Mandel Marsh answered Kenwood's first touchdown with an 83-yard scoring run on the next play from scrimmage to seal the Perry Hall victory late in the third period.
"I thought we played well offensively and defensively," said Stoy, who said last year's team was more conducive to mud battles because of its size.
"We'd rather not have the weather this way so we can use more of our speed."
A lot of that speed is represented by Marsh, who had rushed for 133 yards on five carries, had two catches for 65 yards and scored three touchdowns, and Franklin, who chipped in 61 yards on eight carries and scored two touchdowns.
Overall, Perry Hall (2-1) had 398 yards of total offense despite the field conditions.
The Bluebirds have been ravaged by injuries, losing "six or seven starters" since the season opened, said coach Fred Myers.
But they also are finding the going tougher in the higher league after being allowed to play at the 2A level last season and going 9-2, second-best record in school history.
"We're real small going against larger people every week," said Myers. "And everybody has speed. There are no weak sisters."
Yesterday, the Bluebirds might have lost wide receiver Kevin Butler (dislocated finger) and wingback Preston Gray (sprained ankle) for next week.
"Injuries are killing us," said Myers. "But the coaches are pleased with the attitude. I think we're beginning to turn the corner. At least we've gotten there."
Bo Manor 7, Owings Mills 6
Mike Brown's six-yard touchdown run tied the score at six and Joe Wilson's PAT lifted host Bohemia Manor over Owings Mills (1-2).
Neither team scored in the second half.
Eastern Tech 8, Dundalk 6
Dwan Jones'15-yard touchdown run proved to be enough as Eastern Tech (2-1) stopped a late Dundalk two-point conversion in a Baltimore County 3A-4A League game. Eastern Tech converted a two-point play when Jones caught a pass after his fourth-quarter touchdown run.
Dundalk falls to 1-2.
Gonzaga 28, Loyola 13
No. 12 Loyola squandered a 13-point lead as visiting Gonzaga rallied for the victory.