Down by nine points at halftime against visiting Eastern Tech before a partisan homecoming crowd, second-ranked Randallstown, penalized 10 times yesterday, seemed to have lost control.
Rams coach Anthony Knox had been ejected in the second period. But assistant Mike Sye took over, directing a come-from-behind, 26-21 Baltimore County 3A-4A League win as the Rams shut out 13th-ranked Eastern Tech in the second half.
"He [Sye] said, 'Cut down on mistakes, we'll win,' " said linebacker Quan Mitchell. "We knew we had the composure to come back."
The momentum had shifted firmly behind the defending county champion Mavericks (3-2, 2-2) after Knox drew two of three straight personal foul calls, aiding an Eastern Tech scoring drive that put Randallstown, a Class 2A state semifinalist last season, behind, 21-12, at halftime.
But Randallstown (4-1, 4-0) set up its game-winning series by stopping Eastern Tech, last year's 3A state runner-up, at the Rams' 13-yard line with 5: 36 to play. Two plays and 39 seconds later, Davon Johnson made the game-winning, 62-yard scoring run, followed by his conversion run.
Charles Smith's second interception of the day quelled the Mavericks' next drive, their second-to-last. Randallstown's Harvey Broadnax had a sack, recovered a fumble, caused one and knocked down a pass, and Jabari Savage had a sack.
"A couple of their guys told me before the game that we didn't look good on their scout films," said defensive back Mike Goode "Our defense showed them who is good."
Goode's two fumble recoveries led directly to the Rams' second and third scores, the latter bringing Randallstown within 21-18, with 2: 42 left in the third quarter.
Tyese Ademiluyi's first score, a 6-yard run with 1: 59 left in the first quarter, brought Randallstown within 7-6. His 1-yard run, 53 seconds later was set up by Goode's recovery at Eastern Tech's 5-yard line.
Mitchell's 10-yard scoring reception from Archie Trader (7-for-8, 104 yards) in the third period was set up by Goode's recovery at the Mavericks' 14-yard line.
Eastern Tech's Jerome Owens rushed for 61 yards and all three of the Mavericks' scores, and Brad Newell kicked all three extra points.
The Mavericks led 7-0 after Owens' 5-yard run capped the game-opening, 14-play, 70-yard drive with 3: 49 left in the first quarter. Owens' 6-yard run completed a seven-play, 46-yard drive and made it 14-12 with 6: 43 left in the first half. His 3-yard run made it 21-12.
The loss overshadowed an excellent day by Mavericks' junior Marty Satterfield, who had two sacks, a fumble recovery, a pass breakup and who dropped Trader on a conversion run attempt. Steve Lawston (10 receptions, 116 yards) had an interception, and linebacker Troy Mason, a fumble recovery.
Knox was an assistant to Eastern Tech's Bruce Strunk last year, when Strunk coached Randallstown. Their relationship added to the game's intensity.
"We wanted to keep the ball, eat up the clock, not let them get into sync. It worked in the first half," Strunk said. "This was our best game, but Randallstown played their hearts out."
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Pub Date: 10/03/99