The Kenwood football team averaged nearly 38 points per game during its 3-1 start to the season.
The six points against Franklin last week was an anomaly; most teams are humbled by the defending Class 3A state champion Indians. But against visiting Dundalk on Friday, in a crucial Class 3A North region game, the Bluebirds expected to get their offense back on track.
Instead, Kenwood’s offense was stifled by the Owls in a 22-8 loss that dropped the Bluebirds to 3-3.
After a 23-yard touchdown pass on the last play of the first quarter gave Kenwood an 8-0 lead, the Bluebird offense checked out for the last 36 minutes of the game.
Kenwood had six first downs and 76 yards of offense over the final three quarters. For the game, the Bluebirds had 10 first downs and 148 yards of total offense.
The Owl defense held Kenwood to 121 yards rushing. Six plays accounted for 86 of those yards, with a 27-yard run by quarterback Adam Harter being the Buebirds’ biggest play of the game.
Harter also had runs of 10, 11 and 14 yards, while Terrence Brown had runs of 14 and 10 yards.
On its second possession of the game, Kenwood took over at midfield after the Owls turned the ball over on downs. Harter’s 11-yard run and Brown’s 14-yard run set up a 23-yard touchdown pass from harter to Nukama Korkpan.
Harter ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.
Kenwood played well on defense, but it couldn’t contain Owl quarterback Treshawn Ray when Dundalk needed yards.
Ray scored all three Dundalk touchdowns, on runs of one, seven and 31 yards, and added a pair of two-point conversions.
On the Owls’ first touchdown drive, Dundalk had a fourth-and three at the Bluebird 36-yard line. Ray scrambled for a first down, and drew a personal foul that moved the ball to the Kenwood 13.
Ray scored four plays later.
The score was 8-8 at the half, and the Owls took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 70 yards for the go-ahead score.
Ray completed passes of 15 and 39 yards on the drive before running it in from seven yards out.
The final touchdown came in the fourth quarter. Kenwood had recovered a Dundalk fumble at its own seven, but was forced to punt from its five-yard line.
The Owls started from the Bluebird 31, and Ray scored on a sweep around the right side on the first play.
Kenwood finishes the season with three winnable games: at Woodlawn (4-2) on Friday, at Towson (3-3) on Oct. 26 and home against Parkville (6-0) on Nov. 1.
Eastern Tech (3-3) defeated Sparrows Point 40-28 on Friday at CCBC Essex.
The Mavericks, who have alternated wins and losses this season, will try to finally win back-to-back games when they play at Lansdowne (1-5) on Friday.
Chesapeake (1-5) lost at New Town 36-0 on Saturday. The Bayhawks play at Owings Mills on Friday.