Stung Gaels rebound by crushing Edmondson 48-8 romp features 5 TDs, 237 yards by Thompson

September 29, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After last week's rout at the hands of DeMatha, ranked No. 2 in The Washington Post among District of Columbia-area teams, running back Aaron Thompson and his Mount St. Joseph teammates had something to say.

"We went extra hard in practice this week, because after last week, this game was critical," said Thompson. "We knew we had to make a statement."

Anyone who saw the No. 7 Gaels' (3-1) blow out visiting Edmondson, 48-8, yesterday had to hear the message loud and clear.

Thompson (6 feet 1, 200 pounds) rushed 23 times for 237 of the Gaels' 423 offensive yards and five of their seven touchdowns. The Gaels' defense caused four turnovers and held Edmondson (2-2) to just 69 yards in the second half, and 267 yards overall. It was the third 200-yard game for Thompson, who has 847 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Thompson benefited from excellent blocking by linemen Obie Arah, Kyle Lott, Ben Dyer, James Baronas, Tony Hess, as well as center Dan Lindner.

Defensively, Jason Rhines recovered a fumble, and John Working, Chris Turro and Howard Randell had interceptions -- the latter returned his 99 yards for the Gaels' final score with 5: 45 left.

Working's second-quarter interception at Edmondson's 38 set up Thompson's third score, from 14 yards, and a 19-8 lead. Lucas Phillips (8-for-12, 164 yards) found Baronas (6-7, 221) on the conversion pass 5: 43 before halftime.

"Confidence is a big factor defensively, where we have some new faces," said coach Mike Working, whose Gaels, two-time MIAA A Conference champs, were No. 1 in the Baltimore area before losing. "The big plays, the fumbles, the interceptions -- we played well."

Late in the second quarter, a halfback option pass from Samuel Scott to Keith Massey would have had Edmondson within 21-14 were it not nullified by a penalty.

From his own 35-yard line, Phillips (4-for-4 in the second half) made the Redskins pay 40 seconds before halftime, firing to wide-open Shaz Brown (four receptions, 115 yards).

Brown, who caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown against DeMatha, sprinted the last 40 yards untouched. Thompson's conversion run made it 29-8.

"We knew we needed to execute the plays when we did, and we did it the best we have all year," said Phillips, who has 5,173 career passing yards, 290 completions and 44 touchdowns. That puts him 653 off the state passing yardage record (5,826) and 63 off the record for completions (353).

Scott caught three passes for 70 yards and rushed for 115, including a second-period score which, along with Donta Conner's conversion run, put Edmondson up, 8-7. But seconds later, Thompson's 78-yard touchdown, off Phillips' option pitch, gave the Gaels a permanent lead.

"Their big plays hurt us," said Edmondson coach Pete Pompey. "We got worn down because some kids play both ways."

* Georgetown Prep 23, St. Mary's 9: Host Georgetown won its 16th straight, scoring 21 unanswered points in the second half. The No. 2 Saints had led 9-2 at the half on Brian Kingsbury's 1-yard touchdown dive and Jamison Mullen's school-record, 46-yard field goal as the first half ended.

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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