After his team's narrow 14-13 over Eastern Tech yesterday, Woodlawn coach Brian Scriven sat on the bench and drank a bottle of water. And breathed a big sigh of relief.
"Truthfully, I don't see Eastern Tech] losing too many games," said Scriven. "I'm not saying who they are going to beat, but I don't see them losing too many games. I'm just glad that we are by them."
The No. 13 Warriors (2-0) forced an incomplete pass by Eastern Tech (1-1) on fourth down from the Woodlawn 37 with under 50 seconds left in the game to seal the victory in an early, yet important Baltimore County 3A-4A league contest.
Woodlawn gained the lead for good in the third quarter as Reggie Danage caught a two-point conversion pass from Tavon Mason after Auil Oseitutu scored on an 1-yard sweep.
Mason, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior utility player did a good job defending the Mavericks' star receiver Anthony Lawston.
Lawston, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound junior, who was a second-team All-City/County selection last season, was held without a reception until early in the fourth quarter, when he caught consecutive passes for 13 and 12 yards, respectively.
Lawston got the call again, getting to about the Warriors' 11, but was stripped of the ball by Mikel Plummer and Mason recovered the fumble at the 5.
Eastern Tech gained another opportunity after Woodlawn to punt deep in its terrority, but a 33-yard touchdown pass from Brian Nagel to Jason Wallace was called back because of a holding penalty.
Woodlawn gave the Mavericks another chance as William McCray hit Steve Lawston after he signaled for a fair catch on a punt, giving the Eastern Tech a first down at Woodlawn's 39. Andrew Anyan got all of the yards back for the Warriors, sacking Nagel (13-for-20, 114 yards) at the Eastern Tech 49. Nagel's fourth-down pass to Wallace was too high.
"We're not looking for moral victories," said Eastern Tech coach Nick Arminio, whose team finished 7-3 last season. "I think we're beyond that point with this program, but those kids laid it out on the line today, and I'm proud of them."
The Mavericks had a 13-6 lead with 10:36 left in the third quarter after Dan Onheiser returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown.
Eastern Tech regained possession, but Jason Hartman fumbled and Woodlawn recovered at the Mavericks' 29.
The Warriors struck immediately as Mason (70 all-purpose yards) threw a 23-yard option pass to Brown. After two runs by Sean Tilly got the ball to the 1, Oseitutu finished the drive.
"We had some critical breakdowns at critical times," said Arminio whose team had five turnovers. "You can't mistakes and expect to win against that caliber of a team with those kind of athletes that they have."
The Warriors had three touchdowns called back because of penalties, including a 17-yard run by Mason on Woodlawn's second possession.
Mason got another chance later in that possession and got free on a curl pattern for a 11-yard scoring pass.
* Dunbar 22, Douglass 15: Jamal Jackson rushed four times for 64 yards, two touchdowns and two two-point conversions to power the visiting Poets (1-1). Dunbar rushed for 224 yards and threw for 149.
Pub Date: 9/14/97