Trailing 14-7 at halftime to host Dulaney (1-2) on homecoming day, Towson’s football team decided to stay with its running game, but add a little twist.
They inserted Damone Brown into the running back rotation and the junior, who played only linebacker in the first half, rushed for 100 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns as the Generals (1-2) produced 33 unanswered points and delivered a 40-14 victory.
“We’ve been talking about putting him in the game plan for the past couple of weeks and he’s just one of those kids, he’s a gamer,” Towson second-year coach Ryan Pittillo said. “He s one of those kids who just wants the ball, wants to compete, he makes a ton of plays for us on defense and we gave him the rock and he really did a good job.”
Brown also had a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second half.
“My coach told me to step inside and that’s what I did and got the ball,” Brown said.
Towson rushed for 353 of its 360 total yards and Brown wasn’t the only one carrying the load.
Senior Jordan Daughtry ran 23 times for 183 yards, including two touchdowns, and Karon Ball ran 10 times for 35 yards.
Daughtry’s 8-yard touchdown scamper and Leighton Bechdel’s extra point gave Towson a 7-0 lead with 7:26 left in the first quarter.
Dulaney rallied to take the lead on two touchdown passes from Kyrone Fox to Javonne Hawkins.
The first was on a deep slant that covered 55 yards with 2:46 left in the half.
The extra-point run attempt was no good.
Dulaney got the ball back on its own 43 with 1:28 left in the half and Fox completed a pass to Kyree Fox for 19 yards, a 10-yarder to Hawkins and 12 more to Jack Shimanek.
He connected with Hawkins from 16 yards out for the go-ahead score and another pass to Hawkins for the two-point conversion made it 14-7 with 10 seconds left in the half.
That was all the Lions would get as they were held to minus 37 years rushing in the game.
Fox completed 8 of 28 passes for 156 yards, but he was sacked four times.
After Moore rushed three times for 42 yards, ending with a 3-yard touchdown run, Bechdel tied the game with an extra point.
That’s when the Generals got their biggest sack of the day as Javon Brown and Jamiel Carlton sandwiched Fox in the end zone for a safety and 16-14 lead with 7:52 left in the quarter.
A one-yard touchdown plunge by Moore and his interception return made it 30-14 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
Bechdel, who made a 47-yard field goal against Perry Hall last week, drilled a 30-yarder in the fourth quarter and Daughtry ran 35 yards for the final touchdown.
Bechdel’s long booming kickoffs out of the endzone also kept the Lions in poor field position.
“He wants the competition.” Pittillo said. “He is pretty much money.”
The offensive line, which included Brown, Cory Gray, Jamiel Carlton, Azhae Jobes, Hugh Mason Stewart, Tom Welling and Rob Welling also wanted the backs to find paydirt.
“Our offensive line has great leadership behind Javon Brown, he really ignites the team,” Pittillo said. “We came right behind him and told him we were going to stick with the run and the power game and in the second half, we were able to implement it.”
The victory was the Generals second straight over the Lions.
“This is two years in a row, which is great because we lost a bunch of years in a row leading up to that,” Pittillo said. “It was nice to win back-to-back like that and the way we did it.”
Towson did it without two two-way senior starters.
Matt Jahries suffered a broken foot in last week’s loss to Perry Hall and Miles Beard suffered the same fate in practice earlier this week.