A fast and talented Frederick Douglass team used several big plays to perhaps push host Dundalk’s playoff hopes to the brink with a 42-6 victory on Friday.
The Owls are now 1-3 with five games remaining in the regular season. Dundalk can likely afford just one more loss and sustain its regional playoff hopes.
Dundalk hosts Woodlawn (3-1) on Friday in a must-win game. The warriors are coming off an 8-0 win over Towson.
Frederick Douglass (4-0) of Prince George’s County, a Class 1A state finalist last season, repeatedly broke free for big gains against the Owl defense.
The Eagles rushed for 301 yards and passed for 137 yards. They had touchdown runs of 56 and 43 yards, and a 69-yard touchdown pass.
Big plays also helped set up short touchdown runs of four, one and two yards.
Dundalk again struggled on offense and has scored 16 points in its last three games, all losses.
The Owls’ only touchdown against Douglass came in the fourth quarter with the home team trailing 34-0. Keyon Garrus threw an option pass that was tipped by an Eagle defender and caught by Dallion Smith at the Douglass two-yard line.
Treshawn Ray scored two plays later.
Douglass held Dundalk to 115 yards passing — 27 on that tipped completion — and 66 yards rushing.
Ray completed five of 12 passes for 88 yards, and also rushed nine times for 24 yards.
Dundalk is in 10th place in the 13-team Class 3A North Region standings. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs.
Mervo (4-0) leads the regional standings, followed by Franklin (3-1), Kenwood (3-1), Woodlawn (3-1), C. Milton Wright (3-1), City College 93-1), Patapsco (3-1), Towson (2-2) and Bel Air (2-2).
In addition to Woodlawn, Dundalk also has games remaining against Patapsco, Kenwood and Towson. So the Owls have opportunities to help themselves.
Sparrows Point (0-4) lost at Owings Mills on Friday, 22-13. The Pointers host New Town (3-1) on Friday at 6 p.m.