Catonsville overwhelms Overlea by 33; Johnson fires 5 TD passes, 4 to Page in 63-30 victory


En route to a 4-0 start, Overlea had allowed just 24 points.

Catonsville nearly equaled that in the first quarter alone last night, and behind five first-half touchdown passes from Doug Johnson, the Comets (4-1, 3-1 league) rolled over the previously-unbeaten Falcons, 63-30, in a Baltimore County 1A-2A game at Catonsville.

Johnson (six of nine, 165 yards) set the tempo early, throwing touchdowns on his first three passes to stake the Comets to a 22-8 lead. He finished the first half with five completions in seven attempts -- and all five completions went for touchdowns.

Catonsville's passing game was set up by the effective running of Steve Matthews, who rushed for 202 yards and a touchdown.

"They were bringing all their linebackers up against the run, and their secondary had to come up to give support," Catonsville coach Warren Como said. "So we tried to pick the right spot for the pass, and our quarterbacks and receivers connected."

Did they ever.

After Overlea opened the game with a methodical, seven-play scoring drive, the Comets ran eight straight times before Johnson faked a handoff and threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Bloom.

Overlea miscues -- a bad snap on a punt and an interception -- set up Catonsville's other first-quarter scores, two of Page's four touchdowns. The latter, a fourth-down play, covered 51 yards.

That made the score 22-8 after one quarter. Overlea tied it at 22 with 3: 37 left in the first half. But in those minutes, Page scored twice more, the second time after an interception, and the Comets went into the locker room up 37-22.

Overlea fought back with an 11-yard, third-quarter scoring run by Aaron Mills, but it was all Catonsville after that.

Pub Date: 10/02/99

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