Gators rout Dulaney in football season finale
by Demetrius Dillard
Special to VSN
Perry Hall High football couldn’t have culminated the spring football season any better.
Senior quarterback Jailen Knight threw for 159 yards and three touchdowns and running back Isaiah Armstrong recorded 10 rushes for 58 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Gators to a 38-0 home win over Dulaney on Friday evening in Baltimore County.
Perry Hall (3-2) dominated in facets. The defense played lights out, allowing less than 50 yards of total offense in the second half and forcing five turnovers on its way to its third shutout win of the season.
“I feel we had all phases clicking tonight, and it was less about the points and more about the possessions. We wanted to be efficient with the football,” said Perry Hall coach Luke Ethington, who was proud to send his seniors off on a positive note.
“These guys contributed to our success this year and they could be a part of that foundation of us going forward and saying they were a part of what we hopefully strive to be as a championship program in the future.”
Armstrong got the Gators going with their first score of the night coming off a 28-yard scramble to the end zone with about five minutes remaining in the first, which was followed by a 13-yard toss from Knight to receiver Jeremy Jackson.
Perry Hall’s lead inflated to 18-0 after Knight made perhaps the most impressive play of the night when he was pressured by Dulaney pass rushers, rolled to the left and made a 40-yard heave into the hands of receiver Justin Peacock for a touchdown to wrap up the first half.
Just over a minute into the third quarter, the Gators forced a fumble that led to another touchdown – this time a 25-yard pass from Knight to sophomore receiver Ricardo Cooper.
The Lions struggled to find offensive footing as they were riddled by dropped passes and turnovers. Dulaney coach Daron Reid said several key players were sidelined due to injury.
“We were definitely banged up. We got a lot of guys hurt, unfortunately, and we’re playing a lot of underclassmen,” Reid said. “There were times we had them (Perry Hall) stopped, we shot ourselves in the foot, we let them dig themselves out of a hole and we just gotta play better. So it’s a learning experience for the young guys.”
Isiah McCamie recorded 52 rushing yards off 10 carries for Lions. Dulaney concludes its spring season with a 2-3 record.
Reid was glad his club had the opportunity to compete, considering the circumstances the past year.
“[This game] was just something to learn from, get experience and move on. Get the seniors some film, wish them well to college as they go off and hopefully they’ll continue to have a bright future,” Reid said.
Though the Gators committed four fumbles, they held their ground defensively and didn’t allow Dulaney to capitalize off any red zone opportunities. Perry Hall added two more touchdowns in the fourth, capping off a dynamic performance.
After going 0-9 in 2019, Knight was glad to finish his varsity career on a high note. He expressed gratitude for having a spring season.
“First I want to give a big thanks to the BCPS leaders for giving us a chance to have a season. It was all up in the air at one point in time,” said Knight, who plans to attend a prep school in Alabama.
“Just to get back out here, competing with the guys, getting a chance to recreate Perry Hall’s name – I was really grateful to be a part of that. We went 0-9 last season and came back with a winning record,” said Knight. “It’s great that I could be a part of that and set these young guys up to for the fall season that they have ahead of them.”
PERRY HALL 38, DULANEY 0
Dulaney 0 0 0 0 – 0
Perry Hall 12 6 6 14 – 38
Perry Hall – Armstrong 28 run (run failed)
Perry Hall – Jackson 13 pass from Knight (run failed)
Perry Hall – Peacock 40 pass from Knight (kick failed)
Perry Hall – Cooper 25 pass from Knight (run failed)
Perry Hall – Armstrong 13 run (Jackson kick)
Perry Hall – Roscoe Young 40 run (Jackson kick)