Mount St. Joe tops Annapolis, 32-28 Gaels' Thompson gains 232 yards, scores 4 TDs

September 10, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Every time upset-minded Annapolis would take the lead last night, No. 2 Mount St. Joseph and Aaron Thompson would answer. Thompson and Albert Creek of Annapolis were hotter than the humidity in the season opener for both teams.

Thompson, a senior transfer running back from Forest Park, scored his fourth touchdown with 5: 08 left to enable the Gaels to outlast the Panthers, 32-28, on a sticky night in the capital city.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Thompson bulled his way to 232 yards rushing on 37 attempts. The Gaels took the lead on each of Thompson's touchdowns from start to finish, with his final two from 15 and 6 yards out regaining the lead twice in the final period.

Thompson's spectacular night overshadowed a brilliant 213-yard rushing (19 carries) night for Creek, an Annapolis junior.

Creek scored two touchdowns, the second one on a 73-yard scamper on a quick trap with 8: 14 left in the game to give the Panthers a 28-25 lead.

"They wore us down," said Annapolis coach Roy Brown. "Our offensive line did a great job, but we have a lot of guys playing both ways. We're just not that deep right now and they wore us down."

St. Joe coach Mike Working agreed.

"It's our philosophy to pretty much not play guys both ways and be more intense in the fourth quarter," Working said. "And it was a three-hour game, which helped us. We watched them in a scrimmage and they were much better than last year, bigger and stronger.

"I really thought their backs were good and we don't have a defense designed to stop a team with two tight ends, three backs and jam it at us. That's what they did, were real patient and broke the trap twice for big plays."

St. Joe came in looking to throw the ball with blue-chip quarterback Lucas Phillips, but the Gaels had trouble holding onto the football. So Phillips (6-for-18, 75 yards) kept feeding Thompson.

Thompson scored the game's first touchdown from 3 yards and Howard Randall's 72-yard punt return gave St. Joe a 13-0 lead after the first period.

In the second period, Annapolis took a 14-13 lead on touchdown runs by Karon Ford (19 yards) and Creek (7 yards), but Thompson's 5-yard plunge with 1: 29 left in the half gave St. Joe a 19-14 lead.

Annapolis quarterback Shomar Johnson actually had a better night passing than Phillips, completing seven of 11 for 88 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown pass to Donnell Foote for a 20-19 Panthers lead in the third period.

Annapolis squeaked past the Gaels, 6-0, in the first game of the series in 1993, Phillips' freshman year. Phillips led a 26-6 win the following season and didn't play because of an injury in last year's 32-0 romp over the Panthers.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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