Dulaney’s record performance vs. Catonsville paved by offensive line
Lions’ QB Woodard accounts for 7 TDs
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.