Gilman gets win, 13-7, and respect

October 25, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Sixth-ranked Gilman needed just four minutes yesterday to win the respect it had been seeking all season.

The Greyhounds opened the game by stopping the potent offense of No. 2 Loyola, then drove 65 yards on their first possession. Though they came up short on the drive, they set the tone for a 13-7 Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference win.

"This is the highlight of our season," said tight end Dylan Schlott. "Now people can't say that we haven't beaten anyone."

With the win, Gilman (6-1 overall, 5-1 in the conference) took over sole possession of second place in the conference, knocking the previously unbeaten Dons into third.

Before yesterday, Gilman had posted all four of its conference wins against teams in the lower half of the standings.

"We knew we were evenly matched [with Loyola]," said running back Jim Zimmerman. "Today it was just about who was the toughest, and I'd say we won the battle."

As usual, the Greyhounds did it with defense. They held Loyola to 41 yards and two first downs in the opening half, then held their ground after giving up a third-quarter touchdown.

The Greyhounds made Loyola (6-1, 4-1) look sluggish on offense, keeping constant pressure on quarterback John Baer. Filling in for the injured Bill Evans, the less-mobile Baer completed just five of 15 passes for 59 yards and was intercepted twice.

Aside from their touchdown drive, the Dons' farthest penetration was to their own 43.

"They had us defensed very well," said Loyola coach Joe Brune. "They just played smart football. That defense kept us off-balance all day."

But it was a different story when Gilman was on offense. Zimmerman gained 78 yards on 21 carries to lead the way, but his biggest contribution came as a passer.

Early in the second quarter of a scoreless game, Zimmerman took a handoff from quarterback Mark Cornes, rolled right, and found Mike McWilliams open in the back corner of the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown.

The Greyhounds extended the lead to 13-0 with 5 minutes, 31 seconds left in the third quarter when Cornes rolled right and hit Schlott for a 37-yard score.

On its next drive, however, Loyola answered. The Dons' Brian Perrier scored from the 2 to cap a 10-play, 70-yard drive and cut the lead to 13-7 with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.

But that's when Gilman's defense stepped to the forefront. Interceptions by Mark Lord and Peter Bogue on consecutive drives erased any chance of a Loyola comeback.

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