Eastern Tech running back Wayne Douglass said he came to unranked Dundalk yesterday looking for paybacks. And he got them during a 40-13 rout of his neighborhood and Baltimore County 3A-4A League rival.
Douglass had played on an Eastern Tech squad that lost to Dundalk nearly a year ago. He blamed that loss for contributing to a 7-3 season after the team went 12-1 a year earlier.
"That game was in our heads today," Douglass said. "It still stings. We had something to prove."
The Mavericks (2-0 league, 3-0 overall) proved it in the trenches, rolling up 340 rushing yards for all but one of their touchdowns behind linemen Zach Lipsey, Billy Farmer, Don Williams, Casey Nash and Don Godack, whose average size is 6 feet 1, 240 pounds.
Douglass (131 yards) and Bereket Godsey (85) each scored twice, and Broderick Maybank once.
Eastern's final score came on an end-zone fumble recovery by Dan Mathews, whose teammates Chris Allen (fumble recovery), Sedric Lawston (a sack) and Farmer (batted pass) also played well defensively.
But as coach Bruce Strunk told his players after the game: "Their strength is their line, and that's where we beat them."
Douglass (6-2, 190) got the Mavericks going early with his outside running, and Godsey (5-9, 225) hammered Dundalk later.
"I knew they would be keying on me," Godsey said. "But they had to stop Wayne first. And once they looked at the other backs, I had my chances."
Douglass scored on an 81-yarder on the game's initial play. Finding no hole off left tackle, the senior bounced outside in a sweep, turned upfield and sprinted down the Dundalk sideline. Brad Newell's first of four extra-point kicks made it 7-0 with 11:35 on the clock.
Dundalk (257 rushing yards) tried to keep pace. The Owls made it 7-7 at 7:03 of the first period on a 13-yard pass by Steve Tomlinson to Ricky Easterling three plays after teammate Tavon McMillon had recovered a fumble at the Mavericks' 25.
But Eastern Tech scored three straight times for a 27-7 halftime lead.
First, Maybank's 17-yard run capped a nine-play, 66-yard drive with 3:29 left in the first quarter. Then Allen's fumble recovery at Dundalk's 25 set up Douglass' second score - on an 11-yard run three plays later - for a 20-7 lead with 2:33 left in the period.
And Godsey's 1-yard run, 37 seconds before halftime, finished off Eastern Tech's nine-play, 42-yard drive.
Dundalk tried to get back in it at 10:19 of the third period, as Domernick Hollis' 49-yard run set up a 6-yarder by Keith Barnes to make it 27-13.
Less than a minute later, however, Godsey's 46-yard burst up the middle and to his left made it 34-13 with 9:20 left in the third quarter.
"When he [Godsey] broke that one, our kids' heads dropped. They're big up front, and that's where they beat us," said Dundalk coach Eric Webber. "From the very first play of the game, they established momentum. We never recovered."