Gilman tops Boys' Latin, 11-0, regains dominance Greyhound defense shuts down rivals, also scores

September 14, 1996|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Gilman didn't forget.

The Greyhounds remembered succinctly last year's loss to Boys' Latin, their first to the Lakers in 83 years. Gilman also didn't forget what led to its past football prominence -- defense.

Using a physical and pounding defense, visiting Gilman registered a convincing 11-0 victory over No. 14 Boys' Latin yesterday.

"This was the game for us this season," Gilman linebacker Danny Coyle said. "Our defense was key. We shut them down."

Gilman (2-0) forced two safeties and five turnovers, including three fumbles, and sacked Lakers quarterback Aaron Vercollone twice.

The Greyhounds bullied Boys' Latin along the line of scrimmage, stifling the Lakers' rushing attack to a total of 27 yards, making eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage. In the second half, the Lakers (1-1) managed just two first downs and moved the ball into Gilman territory only once.

"This is how Gilman played defense in the past," Greyhounds coach Sherm Bristow said. "That was some suffocating defense we played out there. It came at a good time, because Boys' Latin has some good athletes who can hurt you if they get to the outside."

Like Boys' Latin, the Greyhounds had their own troubles moving the ball.

Gilman sustained its only scoring drive when quarterback Tyler Brawner lunged forward on fourth-and-two with less than a minute left in the first quarter. On the next play, Brawner hit Chisom Opara for a 51-yard touchdown pass on a corner pattern to give the Greyhounds a 7-0 lead.

From that point, Gilman's defense took care of the scoring.

On Boys' Latin's first offensive play of the second half, Opara sacked Vercollone for a 15-yard loss back to the Lakers 12-yard line and kept Boys' Latin pinned deep into its territory. Punting from the 15-yard line, the Lakers snapped the ball over the head of punter Noah Mumaw and out of the end zone for a safety.

Gilman then put together a six-play, 46-yard drive to the Boys' Latin 3-yard line. Coyle fumbled on a dive to the end zone, but the Greyhounds' defense salvaged the turnover.

Two plays later, Lakers running back Jason Leneau was tackled by three Greyhounds in the end zone to give Gilman an 11-0 lead with 2: 40 left in the third quarter.

The Gilman victory avenged a 20-0 shutout to Boys' Latin last year -- the first Greyhounds lossto the Lakers since 1912.

"Somehow, going 2-7 last year after 15 years of winning, you are going to have a lot of good motivation," Bristow said. "I told the seniors just a little bit ago how happy I was with their effort. We outscored them offensively and defensively. I say that's a good effort."

The Lakers showed determination on defense, holding the Greyhounds scoreless after the first quarter. But Gilman made the biggest impression by pushing Boys' Latin along the line and shutting down the Lakers' offense.

"I thought our defense played great, but we got knocked around on offense," Boys' Latin coach Drew Haugh said. "It doesn't matter how talented your skill players are. Our line couldn't block to save their lives. The better team won today, no doubt about it."

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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