The sight must have been pretty scary for Dulaney quarterback Brian Rayme.
There, peering across at Rayme through his face mask, was Steve Gorski, Northeast's 6-foot-1, 210-pound inside linebacker.
He looked like the grim reaper in a uniform that was all black, except for the jersey's yellow No. 78. Steam rose from inside Gorski'shelmet as his breath met the chilly night air.
At the snap, Gorski churned his way through the offensive line like a human circular saw and before Rayme could take four steps, he was being dragged to theground for one of Gorski's two sacks in Friday night's game.
And that was just the first down for Dulaney in what would be a very longnight for Rayme, who was sacked four times.
On Homecoming night, the Eagles (3-1) grabbed their third straight victory, 28-0, over their winless visitors from Baltimore County.
Gorski would finish thenight with nine tackles, including one solo and the two sacks, raising his total to a team-leading 35 tackles (11 solos).
Gorski, who entered the game with two sacks, including one for a safety, led an attack that held the Lions to 46 total yards and kept them scoreless for the fourth time in as many games.
"I love it," Gorski, 17, saidafterward, with an ominous-looking black scarf tied around his head."Last year, I made All-County at tackle. This year, I want it at linebacker, also."
Inside linebacker is just one of Gorski's jobs. A two-way player, the senior has been waging trench warfare as a varsity starter since his sophomore year.
"He impressed us enough in hisfirst year that we started him," said ninth-year coach Bart Rader.
He's also matured a lot since last year, when he was ejected from agame for fighting. Gorski's temper is toned down, but he still attacks like a mercenary on a seek and destroy mission.
Sacks? There's probably nothing he likes better. Nothing, perhaps, except planting his head into the chest of an oncoming running back and redirecting him with the full force of his powerful upper-body steaming forward at 4.9, 40-yard -- speed.
"I think he's been very good. The only thing that might hurt him in college is his size," Rader said of Gorski, a B-student and team captain.
"Right now, he's playing tackle bothways, guard and center. On
the line, I've only had one guy who has been as good. The only reason his defensive stats aren't higher is that our last three games were blowouts and we spent most of the timeon offense."
As a linebacker in the Eagles' 4-1 defensive scheme,he's the equivalent of the quarterback. Gorski is charged with reading defensive keys and calling audibles at the line of scrimmage.
"We have more defensive formations than offensive and he knows them all," Rader said of Gorski, who bench-presses nearly 300 pounds.
Offensively, "He's a good form blocker" and the nucleus of the Eagles' blocking scheme.
Or, to put it another way: As Gorski goes, so goesthe Eagles' wing-T running game.
In all, the Eagles racked up 342total yards, including 329 on the ground. Charles Hoffman led all rushers with 22 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown. Lamont Miller rushed 12 times for 72 yards and a touchdown and Derek Dolch had 61 yards and a score on 17 carries.
Lawrence Morris ran for the Eagles' final touchdown from 3 yards out in the fourth quarter, Dolch kicked two extra points and K.C. Murphy had a two-point conversion run.