No. 2 Hereford's 35-0 shutout at Towson yesterday wasn't pretty. In fact, the Bulls' 75 yards in first-half penalties were pretty ugly.
But when you're the defending Class 2A state champion, you find a way to be happy with your 15th straight victory overall and your 33rd consecutive win against a Baltimore County 2A-1A league opponent.
"There were some discipline problems today, but we'll work that out," said Adam Goloboski, an All-Metro player who rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulls (2-0, 1-0). "Our best games are coming. You'll see them soon."
Goloboski, Pat Butt (85 yards, one touchdown) and Ryan Shupert amassed 240 rushing yards behind linemen Henry Julio, Joe Akers, Zack Armiger, Ben Brendle, Russel Skeberdis and Greg Lehrl, whose average size is 6 feet 2, 250 pounds.
Armiger's 26-yard, over-the-shoulder scoring grab of a pass from Andy DePaola made it 35-0 and started the mercy rule running clock 37 seconds before the fourth quarter.
Nate Wdowiak (one sack, one fumble recovery) led a defense that held Towson to 39 total yards. Ray Wittlesberger made two interceptions, Brett Yoder had an interception and a sack, and reserve lineman Shomari Cromwell recorded a sack. Bill Reuter had an interception and Jamie Estep blocked a pass.
"I'm happy with our defense, even though it wasn't our best," Wdowiak said. "But they had two good backs and a pretty good line."
The Generals (1-1, 0-1) were coming off a 20-19 win over Dulaney, which yesterday upset No. 8 Randallstown, 15-14, to end the defending 4A-3A county champions' nine-game regular-season winning streak.
Towson trailed 14-0 in the second quarter when it drove to Hereford's 17-yard line. But the march ended with Wittlesberger's end-zone interception. Towson never threatened again.
"We shot ourselves in the foot a bunch of times," said Towson coach Harry McNeir, who hinted that his Generals are good enough to make the playoffs. "I think we have the ability to see these guys again."