Poly's 4th-quarter TDs top Gilman Subs help No. 5 Engineers rally for 20-14 victory

September 28, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

A starting lineman was injured. Another, out for disciplinary reasons. And during yesterday's game with visiting Gilman, Poly's veteran quarterback blew a play which Gilman scored on.

So coach Augie Waibel, at 63 in his 34th year of coaching, pressed two sophomores and a junior into action with favorable results: The No. 5 Engineers (4-0) scored two fourth-period touchdowns in a 20-14 win over No. 12 Gilman (3-1).

Poly's defense got sacks from Dujuan Wilson (also an interception), Charles Haywood, Tony Clark and Willard Bryant, and stopped Danny Coyle on fourth-and-inches at midfield with the score 14-14 and 6: 32 left.

Five plays and 22 seconds later, Poly's Aundre Perkins (21 carries, 135 yards) sprinted off tackle for the 20-yard game-winner. Dwimwoh Palmer's interception with 10 seconds left killed Gilman's final drive.

Gilman's one-point halftime lead became 14-6 after sophomore linebacker Chisom Opara intercepted a telegraphed lob from Nick Scott and jogged the remaining seven yards unhindered. Kevin Culbertson's second extra-point kick went over with 5: 03 left in the third period.

Opara's earlier 65-yard reception on Gilman's opening series set Coyle's 2-yard run for a 7-0 lead.

Waibel replaced Scott, a senior, with sophomore Timmy Frazier, who promptly was intercepted by John-Allen Sykes at Gilman's 30. But junior Carlton Saunders (5 feet 8, 151 pounds) returned the favor, intercepting Blake Atkins (9-for-18, 150 yards) on Gilman's 47.

"When I first came in, I was nervous, because this is the biggest game I've ever played in," said Frazier, who is 15.

Frazier said he "got myself together" seven plays later, converting a 1-yard keeper, followed by the game-tying conversion run eight seconds into the fourth period. On the latter, he faked adraw, rolled left and dove for the score.

"Frazier had three options -- pass deep, shallow, or run. He made a good choice," said Waibel, who notched his 256th win. "[Tight ends] Chris Barnes and Kobie Dudley, and, starting in their first games, [tackles] Jacob Bobian and Ronald White, blocked well. They couldn't stop us."

Counter plays, which led to a second-quarter 5-yard score by Antwain Strong (six carries, 60 yards), worked late against Gilman's tiring defense.

"We had momentum after Chisom's play, but Poly wore us down," said Sherm Bristow, whose Greyhounds had outscored its previous opponents, 90-3. "We played a little more ragged today, but we also showed a lot of heart."

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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