Owls rout Perry Hall 55-21

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @DEa­gle_s­ports

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

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.

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