Owls rout Perry Hall 55-21
The Dundalk defense struggled to stop Perry Hall whenever the Gators had the ball when the two teams met on Friday in a matchup of teams with playoff aspirations.
So the Owls kept taking the ball away from the Gators.
Five turnovers were the key factor as Dundalk pulled away from visiting Perry Hall for a 5521 victory.
The Gators finished with over 400 yards of total offense, but threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles. The Owls capitalized on each turnover for a total of 29 points.
“Defensively, we gave up over 400 yards but were able to take advantage of their mistakes,” Dundalk coach Matt Banta said. “Along with getting off the field on third down, that was truly the difference in the game.”
Perry Hall was one-for-seven on third-down conversions.
What was arguably the game’s biggest turnover came late in the third quarter after a big stop bythe Perry Hall defense.
Dundalk, leading 32-21, drove from its 20-yard line to a first down at the Perry Hall two-yard line in 10 plays.
But the next three plays lost three yards, and a 22-yard field goal attempt was wide right.
The re-invigorated Gators quickly gained 21 yards in three pays, moving from their own 20 to the 41-yard line.
An interception by De’jion Meredith on the last play of the third quarter gave Dundalk the ball on the Perry Hall 33-yard line.Two penalties moved the ball back to the 44-yard line.
Se’Vion Thompson picked 21 yards, and Treshawn Ray carried the ball to the Gator two-yard line, from where he scored on the next play for a 38-21 lead.
Marcus Berry jarred the ball loose from the Perry Hall quarterback on the Gators’ ensuing possession, and Tony Delveccieo beat out four Perry Hall players to recover the fumble at the Gator 28-yard line.
Three plays later, Ray scored on a 19-yard run to extend Dundalk’s lead to 45-21.
An interception by Kenyon Scriber at the Gator 30-yard line with 3:55 remaining in the game led to a 40-yard field goal by Will Kelly to finish off the scoring.
Marcus Moore returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter to give Dundalk an early 7-0 lead. Kobe Wolfe recovered a fumble at the Perry Hall 29-yard line on the first play of the second quarter.
Ray connected with Malik Lindsey for 18 yards and then threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Meredith for a 13-0 lead.
It was 19-0 after Ray capped a 60-yard, 11-play drive with a 12yard touchdown pass to Lindsey.
But then the Gators started completing passes, moving from their own 36 to the Owls fouryard line on completions of 14, 21 and 25 yards. After a motion penalty, Perry Hall scored on a nine-yard quarterback bootleg.
Patrick Ellis returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, his second kick-return touchdown of the season, to keep Dundalk’s lead at 25-7.
The Gators then zipped 65 yards in four plays and 41 seconds, competing passes of 13, 23 and 27 yards before scoring on a two-yard quarterback sneak.
The Owls also had a 50-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Brown mid-way through the fourth quarter that wasn’t set up by a Perry Hall turnover.
Dundalk rushed for a seasonhigh 330 yards. Brown had 162 yards on 13 carries, while Ray rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns in addition to passing for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
Perry Hall had 267 yards passing and rushed for 134 yards. But the Gators had those five turnovers, to one for the Owls.
Dundalk (6-1) will play at Dulaney (2-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Owls are in second place in the Class 3A North regional standings after Franklin (5-2) lost in overtime to Milford Mill (7-0) on Friday.
The Owls play at Milford Mill on Oct. 26.
Patapsco (2-5) lost to visiting Lansdowne 28-14 on Friday at CCBC Dundalk.
The score was tied at 14 with six minutes remaining in the game. After the Vikings scored to take a 21-14 lead, Patapsco drove to the Lansdowne 11-yard line.
But the Patriots fumbled, and the Vikings scooped it up and returned it to the Patapsco one-yard line, from where they scored the clinching touchdown with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
The Patriots play at Woodlawn on Saturday at 3:30.
Sparrows Point (0-7) lost to visiting Francis Scott Key 40-0 on Friday. The Pointers play at Loch Raven on Friday.
Malik Lindsey of Dundalk dives for the end zone to complete a 12-yard touchdown pass from Treshawn Ray.
Dundalk’s Treshawn Ray jumps over the goal line for one of his three rushing touchdowns against Perry Hall.,
Tony Delveccieo of Dundalk prepares to recover a fumble after the ball was jarred loose by teammate Marcus Berry.