They say that the defenses are usually ahead of the offenses in the early part of the season. With Friday night’s game being only the second game in 16 months for both Eastern Tech and Perry Hall, it is safe to say both defenses were way ahead of their offenses.
Both defenses combined for six turnovers, but the difference in Friday night’s game was Perry Hall Receiver Jeremiah Turner’s two touchdown catches in a 16-0 Gator win.
Perry Hall improves to 2-0 and still hasn’t allowed a point in their first two games after they shut out Catonsville 39-0 last week. Eastern Tech had defeated Sparrows Point 18-0 in their first game.
Gator Quarterback Jailen Knight threw both TD passes to Turner and completed two 2-point conversions in the second quarter for the only scores of the game.
Quarterback Trevor Knight and the Maverick offense couldn’t move the ball on the Gator defense in the first half. The passing game was limited but Knight and running backs Jerry Preisigner and Omari Lawrence were able to get in Gator territory in the third quarter with the running game.
Tech ran the ball down to the Gator 10-yard line, but the drive ended when Perry Hall’s defender Karon Brown sacked Knight on third down and intercepted him on a fourth-down pass.
Eastern Tech’s defense kept the team in the game. The Gators moved the ball into Tech territory on the first two possessions on the game but the Mavericks stopped the drive on a fourth down sack by Lawrence and then recovered a Gator fumble on the next series to keep the game scoreless after the first quarter.
It appeared Perry Hall was going to wear down the Maverick defense after going up 16-0, but the Gator offense would not score again.
Gator receiver Mehkai Price’s 60-yard touchdown reception was called back near the end of the first half and Eastern Tech’s Noah Oliver had an interception off the Gators a few plays later to end the drive and the half.
Perry Hall was also looking for the knockout score in the fourth quarter, but Tech answered when Lawrence recovered a Gator fumble and returned the ball to midfield.
Knight and Tech moved the ball into Perry Hall territory on the next drive but never got in the endzone. Gator defensive backs Derrick Wallace and Daniel Johnson broke up two passes on back-to-back plays. That drive ended with a Gators sack.
Perry Hall won the special teams battle as they stopped a fake punt and recovered an onside kick to start the second half.
The Gators also recovered a fumble on a Tech kickoff return and sacked the Tech punter on fourth down to give the Gators the ball on a short field.
That resulted in one of the touchdowns.