Forstner, Clayton and Selli lift Poly over McDonogh, 28-8

September 06, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

In Sunday's editions of The Sun, McDonogh's Tom Layden was given credit for three interceptions against Poly. In fact, Jason Taylor had the three interceptions.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Poly coach Augie Waibel said he didn't know quite what to expect from his fourth-ranked Engineers before yesterday's season opener against visiting McDonogh.

His starting quarterback, senior Mike Forstner, had missed most of last year's lackluster 5-5 campaign with a dislocated finger. His fullback, junior Ian Clayton, was a converted center. And another junior running back, Sekou Selli, was up from the junior varsity.


Yet all three players made important contributions to the Engineers' 28-8 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference victory.

Selli, 5 feet 8, 163 pounds, rushed 16 times for 110 yards and two first-half touchdowns.

Clayton ran nine yards to set up Selli's second score and later dived for a conversion.

"Last year, our attitude was, 'Let's get it going,' but we just couldn't get it started right," said Forstner, who rushed seven jTC times for 60 yards and passed eight times for 46 more.

His 5-yard touchdown dive with 4:05 left in the third quarter capped a six-play, 25-yard drive set up by Greg Kyler's 25-yard punt return.

"This year, we've come out on the right note -- we're pounding," Forstner said. "We heard [McDonogh] was talking some trash, so we wanted to show them who Poly really is."

Selli signaled the Engineers' intentions at 8:59 of the first period, taking Forstner's pitch and sprinting 83 yards down the right sideline to give the Engineers a 6-0 lead. Ryan Scott's extra-point attempt failed.

Selli's second score -- a 4-yard run with 7:37 left in the first half -- completed an 11-play, 55-yard drive, giving the hosts a 12-0 advantage. It was 14-0 after Greg Kyler's conversion reception from Forstner.

The drive, which began late in the first period, included Kyler's 20-yard screen pass and Clayton's 9-yard run to the 4.

McDonogh cut the lead to 14-6 with 3:52 left in the half when Bobby Sablehaus hit Dennis Badham (six receptions, 84 yards) over the middle for a 21-yard touchdown. Dwayne Stuke's conversion run made it 14-8.

With 43 seconds left in the half, Kyler grabbed the first of his two interceptions of Sablehaus and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. Clayton's conversion run gave the Engineers a 22-8 lead at the intermission.

Eagles coach Mike Working Sr. said he entered the game hoping to use it as a measuring stick. He said he saw positives -- such as defensive back Tom Layden's three interceptions -- that showed how far the Eagles had come since going 2-18 the past two seasons.

"I'm very pleased. We asked our kids to hustle and to hit," said Working, adding that Sablehaus (nine of 26, 124 yards passing) ran the run-and-shoot offense well.

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