It was homecoming yesterday at Parkville, but No. 2 Randallstown put a damper on the festivities with a homecoming of its own.
Rams coach Anthony Knox returned to the sideline after a two-game suspension and his team welcomed him back with its most consistent effort of the season, routing the Knights, 52-12.
While Parkville had a marching band for its homecoming, the Rams repeatedly marched up and down the field to make their statement.
"I was back on the sidelines and it felt good being there," said Knox, who returned after serving a two-game suspension following his ejection from a game three weeks ago.
Randallstown (7-1 overall, 7-0 in Baltimore County 3A-4A League) continually gained huge chunks of yardage with an arsenal of sweeps, reverses, flea flickers and misdirection plays.
The Knights (4-4, 3-4), who have lost their past three games by an average margin of 26 points, had difficulty executing on offense, as well. Parkville fumbled four times, losing two, and was intercepted once.
More importantly, Randallstown contained senior running back Mike Hall, the state's leading rusher.
Hall, who entered the game with 1,509 rushing yards -- an average of nearly 216 yards per game -- and 20 touchdowns, was limited to a season-low 95 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries.
No. 1 Gilman 42, Calvert Hall 0: The top-ranked Greyhounds (8-0) gained a season high 487 yards in total offense, while the defense held the visiting Cardinals to only 87 yards.
No. 4 Hereford 48, Overlea 0: The visiting Bulls (8-0) accumulated 484 yards of offense, 357 on the ground as they rolled to their third-straight shutout, over the Falcons (4-4).