Sabelhaus lifts No. 3 McDonogh to 21-18 win over Mount St. Joe

October 09, 1994|By Kevin Eck | Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer

While standing on the sidelines during yesterday's game against Mount St. Joseph, McDonogh quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus looked across the field at his former coach, Mike Working, now the Gaels coach.

And for a brief moment, Sabelhaus said he had a flashback of himself standing next to Working, the coach's arm draped around his shoulders while giving instruction.

"I kind of got a little sad," Sabelhaus said. "He taught me more about the position of quarterback than anyone."

Sabelhaus then showed his former coach just how much he had learned. He threw two second-half touchdowns to spark the third-ranked Eagles to a 21-18 victory over the visiting Gaels in the first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association game for both teams.

"I thought, after the game we'll be buddies. During the game, he's my opponent and we're not going to be friends," said Sabelhaus, who hugged Working after the contest.

Working, who compiled an 18-11 record in three seasons (1991-1993) at McDonogh, said: "It's like playing against your brother. The better you know somebody, the more you want to win."

No. 9 Mount St. Joseph, which was led by Je'Von Norris (23 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown), appeared to be primed to pull the upset. The Gaels did a good job of containing Sabelhaus and the Eagles' rushing attack in the first half.

Sabelhaus completed eight of 15 for 54 yards and was sacked twice in the half and McDonogh gained just 49 yards rushing.

After playing to a 7-7 tie at halftime, Gary Moore's 18-yard field goal with 6:11 remaining in the third quarter gave the Gaels a 10-7 lead.

Working, who has led the Gaels to a 4-1 record after a 3-7 finish last season, was then reminded of how quickly McDonogh's big-play offense can strike.

Sabelhaus (16-for-27, 158 yards) threw a perfectly timed 39-yard touchdown pass to Jason Taylor to put the Eagles ahead, 14-10 -- their first lead of the game -- with 15 seconds left in the third quarter.

"I saw [Taylor] even with the defensive back, so I put it beyond him and I knew he's a good enough receiver that he would run under it and catch it," Sabelhaus said.

Mount St. Joseph kick returner Archie Wannamaker fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Matthew Osborne recovered for McDonogh at the Gaels' 16-yard line.

On fourth-and-21 from the 27, Sabelhaus ran out of the pocket to his right and heaved an off-balance pass to the right corner of the end zone to Dennis Badham, who managed to keep his feet in bounds for the touchdown. Albert Davidson's point-after extended the Eagles' lead to 21-10 with 10 minutes remaining.

The Eagles (4-1) were driving for another touchdown when Sabelhaus fumbled the snap and Mike Michalski recovered for the Gaels at their 14 with five minutes left.

Mount St. Joseph drove 86 yards in 10 plays, scoring a touchdown on Wannamaker's 1-yard run with 3:39 remaining. Quarterback Lucas Phillips' run for the two-point conversion pulled the Gaels within 21-18.

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