Dundalk outlasts No. 15 Edgewood in 2 OTs for 3A North football final shot; Lindsey and Brown each score 2 TDs (VIDEO HERE!)

Malik Lindsey was one of several heroes for Dundalk football Friday. The junior wideout caught two touchdown passes, including a 14-yarder on 4th down to force a second overtime where the No. 12 Owls defeated 15th-ranked Edgewood, 26-20, in a Class 3A North Region semifinal in Baltimore County.

by Derek Toney

In the moments following Dundalk High’s victory over Edgewood in the Class 3A North Region football semifinals, Treshawn Ray and a teammate grabbed a water bucket and dumped it on Owls coach Matt Banta in the huddle. A few feet away, Malik Lindsey shared a long embrace with an Owl assistant.

It was a gamut of emotions for No. 12 Dundalk, which outlasted the 15th-ranked Rams, 26-20, in double overtime. The region top-seeded Owls will host No. 11 Franklin Friday for the region title and a spot in the state semifinals.

Ronnie Brown’s touchdown run in the second overtime and defensive stand was the difference for the Baltimore County squad, which gained its first region final since its surprising run to the 2015 3A final. The Owls (10-1 overall) have won six straight decisions.

“I’m speechless. The kids fought, fought, fought,” said Banta. “The way we started the game, it could’ve gone in the wrong direction, but the kids dug in.”

The Owls were unscathed after four Edgewood drives reached their 5-yard line. They kept their season alive by converting a 4th-and-long in the first overtime.

When Edgewood quarterback Antwan Banks lost the ball at Dundalk’s 2 on the game’s final play, the Owls spilled onto the field in celebration. The Baltimore County school didn’t get its first lead until the second extra period.

“We just keep growing as an unit, working together and being a family,” said Brown. “We got that connection.”

Brown scored two touchdowns (rushed for 100 yards) for Dundalk, including a 93-yard fumble recovery and return score. The senior transfer from Sparrows Point has been a big reason Dundalk (5-5 last season) gained a share of the Baltimore County Division I title, but it was juniors Lindsey and Ray who punctuated the Owls’ first playoff victory in three seasons.

Ray had 169 total yards and two passing touchdowns, both to Lindsey, including a 14-yarder on 4th down in the first overtime. Lindsay had a 17-yard score in regulation for Dundalk’s first offensive touchdown.

“We say we got to the ball to our most athletic kid. Ronnie’s complimented a lot, but this kid is very special,” said Banta.

Deonte Banks, a University of Maryland commit, threw for a score and ran for another for Edgewood (9-2), and cousin Antwan added a score. The Harford County school stunned Dundalk with big plays Friday, but couldn’t convert in small yardage situations.

After stopping Dundalk at their 12 on the opening drive, the Rams got an 85-yard touchdown pass from Deonte Banks, who took a pitch from Antwan Banks then lofted a throw downfield to an open Montzell Ware. Deonte Banks’ conversion run made it 8-0.

Thanks to a 72-yard jaunt by Deonte Banks, the UCBAC Chesapeake champ Rams had a 1st-and-goal at Dundalk’s 2. Antwan Banks fumbled and Dijon Meredith recovered for Dundalk.

Late in the first half, the Rams were again on the verge extending the lead at Dundalk’s 1. The snap went high and deflected off Antwan Banks’ hand. Deonte Banks tried to capture the ball, but squirted out, and Brown picked it up at the 7 and went untouched 93 yards for a touchdown with 8 seconds left in the first half, bringing the Owls within 8-7.

“It was a big momentum changer,” said Brown. “We got all hyped and got the train rolling.”

After Antwan Banks went 64 yards on the second play from the scrimmage in the second half, Dundalk answered with a 9-play, 68-yard drive as Lindsey came down with Ray’s fade pass in the corner, tying the game at 14.

The Rams put together another drive, going from their 42 to Dundalk’s 4. On 4th down, Antwan Banks tried to go wide but Ray came up from his defensive back spot and brought him down for a 1-yard loss.

Both defenses settled in. The Owls got possession with over a minute left in regulation, but Will Kelly’s 49-yard field goal on the final play fell short, sending the match into overtime.

Edgewood got first crack and Deonte Banks scored from 5 yards, but a bad snap ruined the 2-point conversion attempt. After three runs (two for loss) left Dundalk with 4th-and-14, Ray went back up top to Lindsey, who brought the ball down over Deonte Banks.

“When coach called that play, I knew we were going to win the game,” said Ray. “Malik’s a playmaker and I believed in him.”

“We work hard individually and a team to get better,” said Lindsay. “It’s about the championship.”

Edgewood blocked Kelly’s extra-point, sending the game to a second overtime. Brown scored on 6-yard run on the Owls’ first possession.

The Rams got two Deonte Banks run with an incomplete option pass in between, leaving them with a 4th-and-goal from the 5. Antwan Banks got the snap, spun and sprinted out to his left. With several Owl defenders in pursuit, Antwan Banks got to about the 2 and the ball slipped out as he tried to extend it, ending Edgewood’s season.

Edgewood coach Charles Johnson’s assessment was obvious.

“We beat ourselves. You fumble twice on the 1-yard line, you’re not to going to win many games,” said Rams coach Charles Johnson, whose team reached the North final last year. “I think we were the better team, but not by the scoreboard. The best team didn’t win, just the luckiest, but give Dundalk all the credit. They worked their butts off and went at us tooth and nail.”

The Owls will face Baltimore County rival Franklin, which beat No. 9 Milford Mill Academy, 15-12, in the other North semifinal Friday evening. The Indians handed Dundalk its only loss, 37-14, in late September as the two and Milford Mill finished tied for the Baltimore County Division I championship.

“The moment was just too big for them back then,” said Banta. “We’re excited to get an opportunity.”

“We were a little tight,” said Lindsey. “Now, we’re ready for them.”

Class 3A North Region semifinal

No. 12 Dundalk 26, No. 15 Edgewood 20

Edgewood 8 0 6 0 6 0 – 20

Dundalk 0 7 7 0 6 6 – 26

First quarter

Edgewood – Montzell Ware 85 pass from Deonte Banks (Deonte Banks run)

Second quarter

Dundalk – Ronnie Brown 93 fumble return (Will Kelly kick)

Third quarter

Edgewood – Antwan Banks 64 run (run failed)

Dundalk – Malik Lindsey 17 pass from Treshawn Ray (Kelly kick)

First overtime

Edgewood – Deonte Banks 5 run (run failed)

Dundalk – Lindsey 14 pass from Ray (kick blocked)

Second overtime

Dundalk – Brown 6 run (run failed)