McDonogh football coach Mike Working is about to lose most of his hair, and that's just fine with him.
Working promised the Eagles during two-a-days last summer that if they shaved their heads and beat Gilman, then they could shave his head. Now, following McDonogh's 17-7 victory over host and No. 6 Gilman in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference game yesterday, Working will make good on his promise.
The shaving will take place at school tomorrow morning, but it took a strong McDonogh (7-3 overall, 6-3 in conference) effort to claim its fifth straight victory.
"I think we just wanted it," said McDonogh quarterback Bobby Sablehaus of the game that gives the Price Trophy, in honor of Gilman and McDonogh athletes that served together during World War II, to the victor. "We just wanted it so bad."
And this was not a close shave.
McDonogh, which was 2-8 last year, ran and threw the ball effectively, slowed the Gilman offense, and controlled the game.
The Eagles have favored the long pass this season. Yesterday, however, due to the desire to play some ball control, they stuck to the short pass and running game.
McDonogh ran for 104 yards, but established the ground game enough for Gilman (7-3, 6-3) to respect it. Sablehaus completed eight of 12 for 96 yards and one touchdown. Dwayne Stukes caught four passes for 51 yards and a touchdown and Dennis Badham grabbed three for 49 yards.
McDonogh also took advantage of Gilman mistakes. The Greyhounds, who lost quarterback Mark Cornes in the second quarter with an injured foot, lost three fumbles. McDonogh scored after two of those.
"You can't fumble the ball three times," said Gilman coach Sherm Bristow. "We hadn't done that this year."
Key penalties also hurt Gilman. For example, a roughing-the-kicker call kept the final McDonogh drive alive. Gilman also had another roughing-the-kicker call, but it was nullified by a McDonogh penalty.
"That's how you have to beat Gilman," said Working. "When they make a [mistake] you've got to take advantage of it."
Gilman fumbled on three consecutive possessions, with McDonogh cashing in for a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.