Woodlawn coach Brian Scrivens has accomplished a lot in his three years as coach of the Warriors, but one thing he hadn't done is beat Baltimore County rival Perry Hall.
That was until last night.
After allowing the Gators to score on their opening drive, Woodlawn's defense tightened up and its offense broke loose, en route to a 28-7 victory at Catonsville Community College.
Senior running back Maurice Walker led the way for the Warriors as he carried the ball 21 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for a touchdown.
"The writing was on the wall. They had the top quarterback and the top receivers and we just tried to lock up and we did that in the second half," said Scrivens.
"People have been asking us how we lost to Westminster and how we lost to Dulaney but tonight we showed that we're starting to click and we're starting to pay off."
The Gators (4-2) mixed the run and the pass to perfection on their opening possession, putting together a six-minute, nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive. Kevin Znamirowski, who entered the game as the metro area's leading passer with just over 1,100 yards, completed all five of his pass attempts, including a 13-yard strike to tight end Chris Zorn in the left corner of the end zone.
Woodlawn (4-2) showed it had an offense of its own on the ensuing drive. Walker kept the officials busy as he picked up first downs on his first three runs. Walker capped the drive with a 29-yard touchdown scamper and then ran in for the two-point conversion to put the Warriors ahead 8-7 with 5:21 left in the first quarter.
Jelani Fair forced a fumble and then recovered it, giving Woodlawn good field position at Perry Hall's 36. Seven plays later, Brandon Savoy ran in from 4 yards away to add to the margin.
The Warriors scored one more time before the half. This time, it was sophomore quarterback Tavon Mason who did most of the damage. Mason hit Jelani Fair on a 21-yard pass play and then connected with Walker on a 14-yard touchdown pass .
Woodlawn, which needed a big win with cross-town rival Randallstown next on its schedule, scored on its first possession of the second half but never found the end zone thereafter.
But the way the Warriors' defense was playing, they didn't have to.
Walker's 24-yard touchdown and an extra point by Ben Welch were all the scoring in the second half.
"We ran up against a good football team and we couldn't stop their run," said Perry Hall coach Joe Stoy. "They dominated us on the line of scrimmage. I thought we moved the ball well on offense, but I give all the credit to Woodlawn because they played very, very well. Woodlawn didn't make any mistakes and we didn't make a play when we had to."