Gilman's 90-yard return, TD with 12 seconds left stop Loyola

October 30, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

When Loyola quarterback Brian Nicholas found Ben Fortkamp on the end of a 57-yard touchdown pass with 32 seconds left, it gave the No. 5 Dons a 30-25 lead over No. 9 Gilman and nearly crushed the Greyhounds emotionally.

But the Dons paid for kicking the ball to James McIntyre (five receptions, 113 yards, one touchdown), whose job as the deep safety was to stop Fortkamp.

McIntyre's 90-yard return to the Loyola 4 set up the game-winning pass from Lorne Smith (9-for-13, 171 yards), who found Scott Banerjee (four receptions, 58 yards) in the left corner with 12 seconds for a 32-30 victory yesterday.

"I was going to run it at first, but I showed run and the guy covering Scott committed," said Smith, who rushed three times for 22 yards. Said Banerjee: "I was just inside the end zone, so I made sure both my feet were in when I landed."

The decision ended Loyola's four-game winning streak and leaves the Greyhounds (5-2, 3-1) and three others -- Loyola (4-2, 2-1), Mount St. Joseph (7-1, 3-1), and McDonogh (6-2, 3-1) -- in contention for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference crown.

The victory also helped Gilman recover from last week's 43-39 loss at No. 8 Mount St. Joseph, where the Greyhounds fumbled a fourth-down snap at their 15 with 1:26 left, setting up the Gaels' game-winning touchdown.

The Greyhounds (427 total yards) failed on the conversion attempts after each of their first three touchdowns and had their first lead, 25-24, with 4:49 left.

R.C. Kaufman (27 carries, 151 yards) tied the game at 24 on a 3-yard run, which capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive, and was followed by Corey Popham's extra-point kick. Loyola's next possession ended at its own 44 with 1:42 left after George Bealefeld (6-foot-2, 260 pounds) stopped the Dons' Scott Brown (26 carries, 266 yards) a yard shy of a first down on a fourth-and-two.

"This was the big win for us," said McIntyre. "I'm just glad I could make that return to get us back in it."

Gilman was within 16-12 with 2:02 left in the first half, after a 7-yard touchdown run by David Biddison (seven carries, 52 yards) ended a seven-play, 72-yard drive.

But Loyola (396 yards) had its biggest lead, 24-12, just 3:08 before the fourth period, covering 98 yards in 11 plays. Brown went over from five yards and Nicholas threw a conversion pass to Damian Austin.

McIntyre trimmed the deficit to 24-18 on the initial play of Gilman's next series, turning a routine screen pass into a 68-yard touchdown.

"He was killing us all day. We shouldn't have kicked him the ball with seconds left," said Loyola coach Joe Brune. "We controlled the game until [McIntyre] touched the ball."

McIntyre, fielding the ball at the 6, broke through several defenders up the middle into open field to the Gilman 45, where he angled right. Ten yards later kicker Scott Diggs gave chase, finally bringing down McIntyre at the 4.

Loyola's game-opening, 13-play drive covered 66 yards -- including nine carries for 60 yards from Brown -- before Nicholas (6-for-9, 116 yards) rolled right and scored from two yards.

Brown's conversion run made it 8-0 with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter.

The Greyhounds trimmed it to 8-6 with 2:11 left after Kauffman rushed six times for 49 of the drive's 64 yards, scoring from 2 yards.

Just eight seconds into the second period, however, the vTC Greyhounds faced a 16-6 deficit after Brown burst 41 yards up the middle for a touchdown, and Nicholas found Ryan Burch on the conversion pass.

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