Gilman rests easy after 31-0 victory

November 01, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Gilman nose guard David Shapiro put on his helmet but was told by an assistant coach to remain on the bench.

With an entire period left in yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference football game at Mount St. Joseph, the fifth-ranked Greyhounds (7-1, 6-1) already were ahead by what turned out to be the final margin: 31-0.

While the reserves put the finishing touches on the Greyhounds' fifth shutout, Shapiro (one sack) and fellow starters defensive back Jimmy Zimmerman (14 carries, 59 yards, one interception) and linebackers Mark Shavers (a sack) and Jamie Biddison (a fumble recovery) watched from the sidelines.

"I haven't seen a Gilman team score 31 points since I've been here, and it's great," said Shapiro, a senior. "We all wanted to be in there. We were having a lot of fun."

Shapiro and company had held the Gaels (3-6, 2-5) to 138 yards of offense, 94 after taking a 17-0 halftime lead. Eddie Pailen, the Gaels' top rusher with 651 yards and six touchdowns entering the game, was limited to 54 yards on nine carries.

That the defense played well was no surprise for the Greyhounds, whose only loss came to top-ranked City, 12-7. Gilman gave up only its fourth touchdown of the season in last week's 13-7 win over then-No. 2-ranked Loyola and has outscored its opponents, 147-25.

Surprising, however, was the Greyhounds' 264 yards of offense and the play of junior quarterback Mark Cornes, who was an impeccable 9-for-9 passing for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

He found Dylan Schlott (four receptions, 82 yards) twice in the third quarter for touchdowns. Schlott's first catch covered 42 yards and ended a four-play, 63-yard march for a 24-0 lead with 10:04 left in the period. He hit Schlott again on the end of a 5-yard pass with 31 seconds left.

"The guys did a good job getting open," said Cornes, whose team went ahead, 7-0, with 1:52 left in the first period after a 2-yard run by Ned Dukehart.

"The passes, running, everything clicked."

The Gaels' Buddy Edmond (3-for-5, 21 yards) found the wrong man when Zimmerman's 18-yard interception return with 13 seconds left in the first half set up the Greyhounds' second touchdown -- Cornes' 17-yard pass to Tim Elliott.

With two seconds left in the half, Biddison's fumble recovery at the Gaels' 27 set up Mike Allan's 37-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead.

"That 17-second lull by us near the end of the first half was the death knell," said Gaels coach Tim Perry.

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