The Dulaney football team had too much speed and big-play capability, and it didn’t take long for that decisive edge to show Friday night, as the visiting Lions rolled to a 40-14 victory over Kenwood in Essex.
Dulaney junior quarterback Tyler Woodard completed 9 of 16 passes for 219 yards and five touchdowns.
Senior wide receiver Tyreek Henderson caught three passes for 93 yards and a touchdown and teammate Nolan Matsko, a junior wideout, had two touchdown receptions.
The Lions (2-1) finished with 374 yards of total offense and Isaiah Stanford led the rushing attack with 45 yards on nine carries.
But Woodard, a transfer from City, was the story for the second straight week.
He threw six touchdown passes and ran score for another in Dulaney’s 48-35 win over Catonsville on Sept. 17.
“He does a really good job of staying in the pocket, looking down field and finding someone to throw to,” Dulaney coach Daron Reid said.
Henderson opened the game against Kenwood with a 51-yard kickoff return, but the Lions didn’t take advantage of having the ball on the Kenwood 29. Dulaney only moved four yards in four plays.
But the Lions needed only four plays to score on its second drive.
Woodard hit Matsko for a 22-yard touchdown with 5:38 remaining in the first quarter.
Kenwood (0-3) threatened to score on its second possession and drove to the Dulaney 2 on senior quarterback’s McKellie Duncan’s 22-yard run.
But four plays later, safety Richard Harrison tackled Kincaid Dennis on the 1 on 4th-and-4 on a swing pass.
Dulaney drove 98 yards for its second touchdown. The drive featured Woodard to Henderson for a 45-yard pass play. Woodard capped it off with 12-yard touchdown pass to Matsko, who made a diving catch into the end zone.
Woodard, who showed off his athleticism and scrambling ability, ran in the 2-point conversion to make it Dulaney 14-0.
It became 20-0 with 2:47 remaining in the second quarter when Nico Yarbough took Woodard’s swing pass and beat several defenders to the end zone for a 45-yard score.
Kenard Lee ran in the 2-point conversion to give Dulaney a 22-0 advantage.
“We have to play better defense,” Kenwood coach Brian Powell said. “If we don’t, then this is what is going to happen to us.”
The game was all but over in the third quarter.
Linebacker Chrystian Monroe picked off Duncan on the second play of the quarter, which gave Dulaney the ball on the Kenwood 29.
On the next play, Woodard teamed up with Charles Byers for a touchdown for a 28-0 lead with 10:45 remaining.
Kenwood came right back, going 38 yards in two plays. The series ended on Daquan Wheeler’s 5-yard run.
Kenwood struck again less than three minutes later. Duncan ran around the left side of the line on 4th-and-10 for a 30-yard touchdown as they cut the lead to 28-12. Duncan then ran in the 2-point conversion.
Yet Dulaney responded with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.