Fight brings Owl-Patriot game to early end
Friday night’s football game between Dundalk and visiting Patapsco came to an abrupt, early end when officials called the game midway through the third quarter due to a brief fight between the two teams.
The game will go in the books as a 20-0 Dundalk victory.
Patapsco was punting with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter and Dundalk leading 14-0. The snap got past the Patapsco punter, and he chased down the ball and scooped it up, only to fumble when he was tackled by a Dundalk player.
Dundalk’s Elizah Bivins picked up the ball and cruised into the end zone for a touchdown. While that was happening, however, Patapsco’s punter and the Dundalk player who tackled him began scuffling on the ground.
Other players on the field rushed to join in. Dundalk and Patapsco coaches, for the most part, prevented their players from leaving the sidelines and engaging in the fracas.
Order was restored in less than a minute. Afterwards, the officials conferred with Owl coach Matt Banta and Patriot coach Tyler Clough and decided to end the game.
Officials from both schools will review film from the game to determine which players are subject to disciplinary action. Baltimore County rules state any players that leave the sidelines during a fight are suspended for their team’s next game.
Players who started the fight and threw punches during the fight may receive ad- ditional disciplinary action.
Prior to the sudden end, Dundalk had built its lead mainly through its defense as both offenses struggled to get anything going.
Patapsco blocked a Dundalk punt early in the first quarter, but was unable to convert the opportunity into any points.
The Owls twice had a first down on the Patriot 20-yard line, but was turned back each time and lost the ball on downs.
The only offense either team demonstrated was a Dundalk drive late in the first half, when the Owls drove 63 yards in 11 plays for the game’s only offensive touchdown.
The big plays were a 15yard run by Isaiah Antol on third and 12 from the Owl 48-yard line, and an 18-yard completion from Keyon Gar- rus to Marcus Moore that moved the ball to the Patriot 19-yard line.
Garrus then hit Christon Fitzgrald with a completion down to the Patapsco five, from where Antol scored on a run off the right side.
Patapsco was forced to punt on its ensuing possession, but on first down Garrus was intercepted by Jose Padilla at the Patapsco 40 with 44 seconds remaining in the half.
That turned out to backfire on the Patriots. Two plays later, Dundalk’s Alex Hafner scooped up a Patapsco fumble and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with 22 seconds left to give the Owls a 14-0 lead.
Patapsco fumbled on its first play of the second half and Dundalk recovered at the Patriot 35. With the help of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Patriots, the Owls had a first down on the 20.
A motion penalty set the Owls back five yards, and two running plays gained two yards. Passes on third and fourth down were incom- plete, handing the ball back to the Patriots and setting up the finish when Patapsco was forced to punt after three plays.
Early in the second quarter, Treshawn Ray hit Will Fedd for a forty-yard gain that gave the Owls a first down at the Patapsco 20. The Patriot defense pushed the Owls back 21 yards in the next four plays.
Patapsco (1-1) is scheduled to host Perry Hall on Friday at 4 p.m. Dundalk (1-1) is scheduled to host Lansdowne on Feriday at 6 p.m.
Sparrows Point (1-1) lost to visiting Hereford 43-7 on Friday. The Pointers play at Overlea (1-1) on Friday.
A group of Patapsco defenders gang-tackle Dundalk ballcarrier Isaiah Antol.
Dundalk’s Alex Hafner returns a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown against Patapsco.
Dundalk’s Marcus Moore came down with this catch despite being well-covered by Patapsco’s Dashawn Guglizza and Aaron Giovante Ford.
Dundalk’s Will Fedd catches a pass for a 40-yard gain against Patapsco.
Patapsco’s Aaron Henderson made what would have been a spectacular interception in the end zone, but wasn’t able to stay inbounds.