Tyese Ademiluyi's 11-yard run with 1: 03 to play lifted No. 2 Randallstown in a come-from-behind, 32-28 victory over 12th-ranked Dundalk in a critical Baltimore County 3A-4A League battle yesterday at Randallstown.
Dundalk led, 12-0, at the half of a game which featured three lead changes in the last 4: 50. But the Owls (4-2, 3-2) trailed, 26-20, with 4: 50 to play after Randallstown's Harvey Broadnax (one sack) returned a fumbled reverse 10 yards for a score.
Randallstown (5-1, 5-0), winner of five straight games, trailed for the last time at 28-26 with 1: 45 remaining, after Dundalk's Melvin Curry (6-for-7, 134 yards) eluded a defender to complete a 43-yard scoring pass to Jermaine Smith, and found Esker Mance in a crowd for the conversion pass.
On its next possession, Randallstown faced third-and-10 with 1: 15 to play -- having thrown two consecutive incomplete passes -- when Dundalk was penalized 15 yards for having too many players on the field.
That gave Randallstown the ball at midfield, setting up Archie Trader's 39-yard pass to Gary Bates. Bates out-leaped double-coverage with his back to the goal, fell backward and landed at the Dundalk 11-yard line to set the stage for Ademiluyi.
Randallstown assistant Mike Sye called the shots for the second straight week.
Sye replaced head coach Anthony Knox, who was serving a one-game suspension after being ejected from last week's come-from-behind 26-21 victory over No. 15 Eastern Tech.
"We overcame adversity, scored 32 points in the second half against a ranked team," said Trader, who was 6-for-13 for 115 yards. "But we sleep-walked in the first half. Can you imagine what could happen if we played four good quarters?"
Dundalk coach Eric Webber directed a near-perfect first half. He attacked the Rams on sweeps with Rodney Evans (13 carries, 135 yards, one touchdown), and their secondary on play-action passes from Curry (4-for-4 in the first half).
Dundalk's Chad Rogers recovered a fumble at the Rams' 34 on Randallstown's game-opening possession. Five plays later, Curry's 11-yard pass to Kirk Crowe (three receptions, 54 yards) made it 6-0 Dundalk with 8: 25 left in the first quarter.
Randallstown drove 49 yards in eight plays to Dundalk's 1-yard line, but consecutive tackles by Mance and Tom Bates completed a goal-line stand. Dundalk then drove 99 yards in 13 plays, keyed by Crowe's 24-yard catch on third-and-10 from the Owls' 1. Smith's 5-yard run put Dundalk up, 12-0, with 7: 15 left in the half.
Dundalk paid for its first mistake of the second half. Facing fourth-and-3 at its own 23-yard line, a bad snap rolled to Dundalk's 9. Four plays later, Randallstown's Quan Mitchell grabbed the first of his two scoring receptions from 11 yards. Jay Woodson's extra point made it 12-7 at 8: 20 of the third quarter.
One minute later, however, Dundalk led 20-7, after Curry followed Evans' 71-yard scoring run with a conversion pass to Smith. But Mitchell answered with 2: 30 left in the period, his one-handed, 19-yard scoring reception completing a seven-play, 54-yard drive to make it 20-14.
"Our guys weren't going where they were supposed to, defensively, and they were making us pay," said Mitchell, who also had a sack on defense. "Thank God I made that catch."
A sack by Broadnax ended Dundalk's next possession at the Randallstown 35, after which the Rams, aided by a 15-yard personal foul, drove 65 yards in six plays for a 1-yard score by Davon Johnson. That made it 20-all with 6: 35 remaining.
Dundalk's Shawn Watkins recovered a fumble, and both Derrick Breelove and Ricky Coflin had sacks.
Pub Date: 10/10/99