No. 14 Dundalk grounds Fuller, Woodlawn, 26-14; Owls contain star QB, clinch winning season; Football


With Woodlawn threatening late in the fourth quarter, Warriors' quarterback Vince Fuller threw a pass that was intercepted by Melvin Curry and returned 87 yards to the Woodlawn 11.

It was that kind of day for Woodlawn (4-4, 3-4 Baltimore County 3A-4A), as No. 14 Dundalk rolled to a 26-14 win.

Fuller and the Warriors offense were virtually grounded after the first quarter as Dundalk (6-2, 5-2) clinched its first winning season since 1993 and got a big boost in it push for the playoffs.

Coming into the game, Fuller, one of the area's top quarterbacks, had thrown for 1,175 yards and 10 touchdowns. Against Dundalk, he completed just five of 16 passes for 40 yards and was intercepted twice.

"We practiced all week trying to stay back in the secondary," Curry said.

In addition to his fourth-quarter interception, Curry nearly had an interception in the first quarter and broke up a long pass in the third.

As the Owls quarterback, Curry engineered Dundalk's potent triple-option offense.

Fullback Esker Mance (21 carries, 143 yards) set the tempo, gaining 47 yards on Dundalk's first three offensive plays. The Owls scored on all three of their first-half possessions to take a 20-14 lead.

"Offensively, we did what we set out to do," Dundalk coach Eric Webber said.

Smith (10 carries, 127 yards) capped Dundalk's opening drive with a 7-yard touchdown that tied the game at 6 midway though the first quarter.

Woodlawn had taken a 6-0 lead after just four plays. Wesley Lashey (13 carries, 114 yards) bolted around right end for a 55-yard run on the game's second play from scrimmage, and scored on a 2-yard run two plays later.

Fuller gave Woodlawn a 14-6 lead in the final minute of the first quarter. On fourth-and-three from the Dundalk 4, Fuller faked a pass and scored on a bootleg.

Dundalk responded with a 12-play, 85-yard drive, mounted primarily behind left tackle Chad Rogers, to pull within 14-12.

"Chad Rogers is the best lineman I've coached in a long time," Webber said. "When things get tough, that's where we go."

Mance put Dundalk ahead to stay with a 7-yard touchdown run with 1: 29 left in the half, one play after a 55-yard reverse by Smith.

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.

Senior quarterback Ryan Boyle was 12-for-12 passing, for 322 yards and five touchdowns.

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).

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