Sophomore Mike Allan kicked a 30-yard field goal into the wind midway in the fourth quarter to provide No. 14 Gilman with the game's only points in a 3-0 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference victory over No. 9 Poly yesterday in Roland Park.
The win stopped a four-game winning streak by the Engineers (5-3, 4-3) and improved Gilman's record to 5-3 both overall and in the MSA A Conference.
Both teams are out of contention for the league championship because first-place City and Loyola improved their league records to 7-0 with victories Friday. City and Loyola, which meet Friday at City, each have two league games remaining.
Allan's kick was the 14th play of a 69-yard Gilman drive that had reached the Poly 13-yard line -- the deepest penetration by either offense during this defensive struggle between two of the area's top 10 defensive units.
"Poly came close to blocking it, but I hit it pretty good and I kept my concentration," said Allan, whose kick easily cleared the crossbar and hit off the top of the center of the scoreboard behind the end zone.
Poly was guilty of roughing the kicker on the play, but coach Sherm Bristow would not take the points off the board and the penalty was assessed on the ensuing kickoff.
"Allan's been coming up with incredible kicks for us all season," said senior linebacker Sammy Mir, who came up with a pair of crucial sacks in the second half as Poly threatened to score on two long possessions.
Poly had one last opportunity after using all of its timeouts while holding Gilman deep in its own territory. But after taking over at the Gilman 44, following a 14-yard punt into the wind by Bryan Smith, Poly was stopped as Tucker threw three incomplete passes and was sacked by Greyhounds captain Victor Carter-Bey for a loss of 7 yards on the other down.
"It was a typical Poly-Gilman game," Bristow said. "I didn't think we could shut them out, but our defense was superb."
Poly, which lost two of its first three games this season, had scored 57 points in its previous two games. "They've really been coming on," said Bristow. "We feel we beat a pretty good team."
Calvert Hall 36, McDonogh 8
Quarterback Luther Alexander ran for a touchdown and passed for another and running back Adam Roberts ran for 127 yards and a touchdown as No. 6 Calvert Hall (8-1, 6-1) defeated host McDonogh (1-8, 1-7) in an MSA A Conference contest. Ivan Dow ran for 56 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinals.
Wilde Lake 58, Glenelg 0
Damon Hamlin rushed for two touchdowns and scored another on a punt return and Andre Martin ran for two touchdowns as No. 2 Wilde Lake (10-0, 7-0) won its 23rd straight and captured the Howard County League title.
Atholton 10, Centennial 6
In a battle for a share of third place in the Howard County League, Atholton (6-4, 4-3) edged host Centennial (5-5, 3-4) as Brian Van Deusen kicked a 29-yard field goal and Brian Hannah scored on a 4-yard run.
Hammond 22, Mount Hebron 3
Keith Chance, Brian McGill and Mike Matthews each had second-half touchdown runs as visiting Hammond (5-5, 4-3) also grabbed a share of third place in the Howard County League by rallying from a 3-2 halftime deficit against Mount Hebron (1-9, 0-7).