Parkville receiver Josh Moore caught two touchdown passes, one for 83 yards, in the Knights' 31-0 win over visiting Dulaney, but even he couldn't answer the question of the moment. Neither could Knights fullback Carlo Bianchi or quarterback Asa Laboo.
"I don't really know whether our defense sets the tone for our offense, or whether it's the other way around," Laboo said. "We have a great offense and a great defense; let's just leave it right there."
Those who saw No. 10 Parkville (2-0 overall, 1-0 Baltimore County 4A-3A league) play yesterday would find it hard to disagree. The Knights offense scored 31 points, 25 of them before the half, and the defense held Dulaney to a net of 4 rushing yards.
Ian Sadon led the Knights with 77 rushing yards on eight carries.
Yesterday's win, combined with its Week 1 win over Patterson, means that Parkville has outscored its opponents 79-0.
Parkville's special teams set up the first touchdown. After punting after their first series, the Knights recovered the ball after Dulaney returner Vince Short muffed the punt, giving Parkville a first down at the Dulaney 41-yard line. Five plays later, Laboo found Moore in the front of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
The Knights extended the lead early in the second quarter. After pinning the Lions (1-1, 0-1), Parkville got the ball back on the Dulaney 33-yard line when the Knights' Tai-Jee Glenn-Akles blocked a Dulaney punt. Four plays later, Bianchi ran untouched into the left corner of the end zone for a 15-0 lead after the conversion.
Dulaney mounted a seven-play drive on the next series, and the Lions' punt put Parkville back at its 17-yard line. Moore wasted no time changing that.
On the first play, he ran down the left sideline before Laboo hit him in stride at the Parkville 48-yard line. Moore juked a defender, and then ran untouched into the end zone for an 83-yard touchdown and a 23-0 lead. Moore finished with two catches for 95 yards, while Laboo completed three of eight passes for 111 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
"With the defense they were showing, we knew we could throw on them," Parkville coach John Marquette said.
Parkville used a safety late in the first half and a 33-yard run by Sadon in the third quarter to finish the scoring.
Dulaney's best chance to score came midway through the fourth quarter. Parkville's Laboo faded back to pass, but his throw was tipped and intercepted by Short at the Lions' 40. He returned the interception to the Parkville 9. The Lions were stopped on four straight rushing plays, however, the last coming when Dulaney quarterback Will Hoffman was stuffed on a sneak at the 1.