Du­laney’s record per­for­mance vs. Ca­tonsville paved by of­fen­sive line

Lions’ QB Woodard ac­counts for 7 TDs

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Kather­ine Dunn kather­ine.dunn@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/ kdunnsun

Du­laney quar­ter­back Ty Woodard gives the credit for his record-set­ting per­for­mance Satur­day to the play­ers stand­ing in front of him.

“Of course I owe ev­ery­thing to my of­fen­sive line,” said Woodard, who ac­counted for a school-record seven touch­downs in the Lions’ 48-35 win, their first over Ca­tonsville in at least 25 years.

“They made a very big dif­fer­ence. At first we thought our prob­lems were go­ing to be their de­fen­sive end and some of their line­men, but our line­men stopped them. I dropped back and sat there very com­fort­able in the pocket and let the ball go very eas­ily. I love those guys.”

Gian­luca Par­rotta, Brian Sergi, Matthew Sch­muff, Devin Gil­liam and Luke Sturi­ale gave Woodard the time he needed to throw for six touch­downs, two each to Tyreek Hen­der­son and Nico Yar­bor­ough, and one apiece to Charles By­ers and Josh Ni­coll.

The line­men were so in­stru­men­tal in the win that coach Daron Reid named them the col­lec­tive Player of the Game. They al­lowed no sacks Satur­day as the Lions im­proved to 1-1.

Woodard, a ju­nior dual-threat quar­ter­back in his first year at Du­laney, has come along quickly be­hind that line, Reid said.

“Through­out the week, we try to give him cre­ative con­trol of the of­fense,” he said, “and give him a sce­nario, call a play but say it could turn to this based on the look we get from the de­fense, so you don’t have to force it. Ty is very smart. He un­der­stands what’s go­ing on and he knows where the guys should be. He’s very com­fort­able with the sys­tem. He’s a very good leader and takes con­trol of the hud­dle and con­trol of the team.”

Woodard, who spent his fresh­man year on Mount Saint Joseph’s ju­nior var­sity team and his sopho­more year start­ing at City, be­lieves he has found a home at Du­laney, where he’s thrown for 697 yards Ty Woodard and nine touch­downs with four in­ter­cep­tions in his first two games.

“We’re all of one ac­cord. There’s no dif­fer­ent mind­sets,” said Woodard, who cred­ited just about ev­ery­one on the team for the Ca­tonsville win. “We made a big shock with this win. The whole team is ex­cited. We want to keep win­ning. In our minds, we’re not set­tling for any­thing.” Boys’ Latin’s Banks gains 204 yards on two plays: Boys’ Latin’s Des­mond Banks did some­thing in Fri­day’s game that likely won’t hap­pen again this year or maybe any year: He had 204 yards on two plays in his team’s win over Arch­bishop Cur­ley. The se­nior first ran back a fum­ble re­cov­ery 99 yards for a touch­down af­ter safety Koby Rus­sell stripped the ball from a Cur­ley player. That gave the Lakers a 14-7 lead.

Af­ter the Lakers scored again, the Fri­ars tried a field goal, and Banks re­turned the miss for 105 yards and an­other touch­down. He ran be­hind the block­ing of team­mate Vic­tor Dimukeje, who cleared away the Fri­ars’ last line of de­fense.

“Dez has been on var­sity for three years and this doesn’t sur­prise me be­cause of how good he is,” Lakers coach Ritchie Schell said. “Vic­tor was way ahead of him and block­ing for him. He blocked their quar­ter­back, who’s pretty ath­letic. It was a pretty cool re­turn.”

Banks, a cor­ner­back and wide re­ceiver, had two in­ter­cep­tions and some pass breakups this sea­son, but those were his first long runs for touch­downs.

The Lakers went on to win, 35-7, but Schell said the 105-yard play shouldn’t have been al­lowed to stand. He said af­ter a missed field-goal at­tempt in high school, the ball au­to­mat­i­cally goes to the 20-yard line. Schell didn’t no­tice at the time where Banks was when he started run­ning the ball out. He saw it later on tape. Only one team has yet to al­low a point: Three weeks into the sea­son and only one team in the metro area has yet to al­low a point: Ran­dall­stown.

In a 3-0 start, with wins over Pikesville, Spar­rows Point and Ch­e­sa­peake-BC, the Rams have outscored the op­po­si­tion 92-0.

The com­pe­ti­tion gets a lit­tle tougher when they host Here­ford on Satur­day at 1 p.m. The Bulls are also 3-0 and nearly as stingy, hav­ing outscored North Har­ford, Pikesville and East­ern Tech 75-7. Big 33 Team Mary­land to add D.C. play­ers: Mary­land’s Big 33 team will in­clude play­ers from 12 Wash­ing­ton, D.C., schools for the next show­down with Pennsylvania on Me­mo­rial Day, May19.

Play­ers from Arch­bishop Car­roll, Bal­lou, Cae­sar Chavez, Friend­ship Col­le­giate, Gon­zaga, KIPP, Maret, Paul Char­ter, St. John’s, Sid­well Friends, St. Al­bans and Woodrow Wil­son will be el­i­gi­ble to try out for the game.

Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence pow­ers DeMatha, No. 1 in Mary­land this fall, and Good Coun­sel, No. 2, were al­ready send­ing their play­ers to the game be­cause they’re lo­cated in Mary­land. Now con­fer­ence ri­vals Gon­zaga and St. John’s will, too.

The Bal­ti­more Touch­down Club and the Mary­land Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion, which man­age the Mary­land team, de­cided to add the Wash­ing­ton schools to boost the tal­ent pool. Team Mary­land has lost three times since re­turn­ing to the Big 33 Foot­ball Clas­sic in 2013.

The Big 33 ex­ec­u­tive board voted unan­i­mously for the ad­di­tions, said Scott Ri­p­ley, vice pres­i­dent of the Bal­ti­more Touch­down Club and team man­ager for Team Mary­land.

Ri­p­ley said the rea­sons be­hind the de­ci­sion were that many play­ers on those teams live in Mary­land and that adding them should make Team Mary­land more com­pet­i­tive.

He cited for­mer Gil­man quar­ter­back Kasim Hill, now play­ing at St. John’s, as an ex­am­ple.

“Be­cause it’s only 12 teams, Pennsylvania’s board of di­rec­tors said, ‘That’s fine.’ We’re try­ing to make it be more com­pet­i­tive. As a coach­ing staff we’re go­ing to make sure it’s bal­anced out, that it isn’t a ma­jor­ity of kids from D.C. schools rep­re­sented on the Big 33 team,” Ri­p­ley said.

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