It was supposed to be a showdown for first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference, but Gilman running back Ed Trusty decided to turn yesterday's game against host Forest Park into his personal showcase.
Trusty rushed for 194 yards and four touchdowns on just 16 carries, as No. 5 Gilman (6-2, 6-1) stunned No. 6 Forest Park (7-2, 5-2), 39-0, and clinched at least a tie for second place in the conference.
Gilman needs a win over McDonogh next week to get at least a share of the conference crown. Poly, which beat Cardinal Gibbons, 20-0, last night and has a league game left against City on Thanksgiving Day, also has just one league loss.
Trusty's performance yesterday included one remarkable stretch in the second quarter in which the 5-foot-7, 175-pound senior scored on three consecutive carries and helped put the game out of reach as Gilman quickly built a 24-0 halftime lead.
First, Trusty capped an 89-yard drive with a 4-yard run for a score to give the Greyhounds a 6-0 lead. After linebacker Victor Carter-Bey recovered a fumble at the Foresters 45, Trusty followed a 9-yard run by Keith Kormanik with a 36-yard touchdown run.
Gilman caught the Foresters off guard with an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and recovered at the Forest Park 45. Trusty then capped a five-play drive with a 10-yard run for a score and Gilman led, 18-0.
But the Greyhounds weren't finished.
After another successful onside kick on the ensuing kickoff gave Gilman the ball at the Foresters 40, quarterback Josh Miller hit Kormanik for a 40-yard touchdown on first down. Trusty's run for the conversion failed, but Gilman had a commanding 24-0 lead at the half.
"When we got the turnovers, we just tried to take advantage of them," said Trusty, who finished his performance and the Gilman scoring with a 79-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, pushing his season total to 1,155 yards and 16 touchdowns. "They couldn't catch the onside kick, and we just took the ball down the field. Our adrenalin started going."
Trusty's numbers were even more impressive when compared with those of Forest Park's Obie Barnes, the conference's leading rusher.
The Gilman defense limited Barnes, who had 1,319 yards entering the game, to 64 yards on 13 carries. Overall, Gilman allowed Forest Park 224 yards of total offense, but that figure is misleading. Gilman shut down Forest Park's offense, forcing three fumbles (two were lost), three interceptions and recovering the two onside kicks.