It wasn’t too many years ago the Edgewood boys basketball team came to Dundalk and upset the Owls on their home court in the regional playoffs.
The gap between then and now seemed much larger on Monday, when the Owls hosted the rams in the second round of the Class 3A North Region playoffs and coasted to a 74-34 win.
Dundalk, the top seed in Section II, was to host second-seeded C. Milton Wright on Wednesday in the latest renewal of their playoff rivalry.
The Mustangs beat the Owls on their court two straight years before Dundalk earned the home game last season and toppled the then-defending Class 3A state champs.
The winner of Wednesday’s contest will play either Milford Mill or Woodlawn for the regional title on Friday. If Dundalk wins, it would host Milford Mill or travel to Woodlawn.
“We wanted to press them,” Dundalk coach Steve Oppenheim said of Edgewood. “The first time we played, it was close for the first half. Tonight, we really wanted to just get off to a fast start.”
The Owls led 14-2 midway through the first quarter and 21-6 by the end of the quarter.
Dundalk really took off in the second quarter, scoring 24 points and taking a 46-13 lead into halftime.
“We played a heck of a hard schedule in February to prepare us for the playoffs,” Oppenheim said. “We’ll see how well it prepared us.”
Gates Cooks had all of his 12 points by halftime and sat out most of the second half. Michael Johnson had 13 points in the first half and then added 19 points in just the third quarter to finish with 32 points.
Patapsco and Sparrows Point were on the other end of blowouts in their first-round games.
The Patriots lost at C. Milton Wright on Friday, 79-45, while the Pointers lost at top-seeded Randallstown on Friday 69-42 in the Class 1A North Region playoffs.
Warren Cornish of Dundalk finished ninth in the shotput at the Class 3A state championship meet last week at the Prince George’s County SportsPlex.
Cornish had a distance of 40-10, a half-inch out of eighth place and one inch out of seventh place.
Ryan Brown of calvert won the event with a distance of 49-1.
Marquis Marable of Dundalk finished 10th in the 300-meter dash with a time of 37.54. Davon Carroll of Northeast won the race in 35.5.
Two Kenwood runners finished second and fourth in the 55-meter dash. Walter Scheuerman was second with a time of 6.63, while Ayomide Agbayewa was fourth in 6.68.
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