For City, 0-for-4 equaled 0-2 yesterday.
The No. 14 Black Knights were inside the Gilman 40-yard line four times in the fourth quarter. But they came up empty each time, dropping their second straight game, 8-6, to the visiting and third-ranked Greyhounds (2-1, 2-0) in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference matchup.
With less than a minute left in the game, it looked as if City (0-2, 0-2) had broken through on its fourth try. David Rodgers got behind a pair of Gilman defenders in the end zone and caught a 39-yard pass from Terrence Suber, but Suber was called for crossing the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball, a penalty that negated the touchdown.
Suber, who is also City's place-kicker, missed three field-goal attempts, two because of bad snaps. The other was short. The Black Knights' first two fourth-quarter possessions started at the Gilman 15- and 17-yard lines; both ended in missed field goals.
Linebacker Jamal Cox made 15 tackles, and Michael Weinfield had 13 to lead Gilman's defense.
"When it counted, we played like a championship defense," said Cox, a senior. "City is much bigger and faster than us, and out of their option, they can break out at any time, but we seemed to play well against them."
The second half was all defense. Even though it allowed 252 total yards, Gilman allowed 76 in the second half. City permitted only 154 overall. Defensive standouts for the Black Knights were Ernest Rhoney (10 tackles), DeBrandon Jews (nine tackles) and Brandon Bull (blocked punt).
Ed Trusty got 89 of the Greyhounds' yards on a touchdown run in the first quarter and finished with 107 yards on 12 carries.
City's only score came with 8 minutes, 10 seconds left in the second quarter, on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Suber to Charles Ransom, completing a two-play, 52-yard drive.
"This was a great effort," said City coach George Petrides. "We definitely had our opportunities, but a couple of calls went against us. We believe that we could have won this game, even though the score said differently, but deep down inside, we knew we won this one."
"That's part of the game," said Suber, a sophomore. "We played a hundred percent better than we did against [Cardinal] Gibbons, but we couldn't click it in once we got inside the 20. We just have to forget about it and come back out strong next week."
"I believe whoever wins the A Conference could have two losses," Petrides said. "The conference is a balanced league. There's no clear-cut favorite. Poly, Forest Park, Gilman are always competitive, and Cardinal Gibbons is very much improved. But regardless of what happens outside, we will just have to go on a tear these final eight games."