DeMatha routs Mount St. Joe, 58-20 No. 1 Gaels get lesson in fundamental football

September 22, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph had just 76 total offensive yards and trailed by 24 points at halftime.

And after being routed, 58-20, by DeMatha, The Washington Post's No. 2-ranked team, coach Mike Working acknowledged his Gaels had gotten a lesson in football's fundamentals.

"They [Stags] are a big, strong physical team with a lot of good players. We want our program to be up to their level," said Working, whose Gaels (2-1) trailed, 31-7, at intermission. "It's a growth process where we have to learn how to do things correctly. I think we learned a lot of stuff today."

By halftime, the Stags (2-0) had accumulated a game's worth of statistics (385 total yards). They finished with 611 overall. In the first half, Brian Westbrook carried 13 times for 138 yards. DeMatha's 6-foot, 220-pound fullback Scott Fulton had 140 yards and a touchdown. Westbrook finished with 205 yards and four touchdowns, and Fulton did not run the ball in the second half.

With tackles Kenny Edwards (271 pounds) and Brian Lewis (261), and tight ends Brian Gifford (6-4, 234) and John Day (6-5, 231) clearing the way, Fulton and Westbrook were often three or four steps into the Gaels' secondary before being hit.

"Our linemen were superior. We ran right through them all day," said Westbrook (5 feet 10, 186 pounds) in his first game back from a hip injury. "Scott ran well and made key blocks for me. We drove right through them."

Westbrook's final score, a 15-yarder, made it 38-7 with 7: 45 remaining in the third period.

Over the next two minutes, however, the Stags' defense turned the Gaels' third and fourth turnovers into quick scores. Danny McNair returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown and Thomas Maybin recovered an fumble that rolled backward from the Gaels' 20 into the end zone.

DeMatha's reserves, inserted late in the third quarter, rushed for 112 yards, with Hector Williams' 25-yard run making it 58-7 early in the fourth.

Gaels running back Aaron Thompson (78 yards) scored on 3- and 4-yard runs in the fourth period. He entered the game with 532 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Trailing 21-0 in the first half, the Gaels put together a three-play drive that ended with Lucas Phillips (11-for-25, 194 yards) finding Shaz Brown (five receptions, 114 yards) on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

The Stags scored twice more before the half, including David Crenshaw's 27-yard field goal. Crenshaw was 5-for-6 on extra-point kicks.

"We felt like if we had executed on offense, we could score a lot of points," said Gaels coach Mike Working. "But they made us make mistakes."

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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