Georgetown Prep whips No. 2 St. Mary's, 23-9 Saints lead, 9-2, at half, but can't stop Little Hoyas

September 29, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Georgetown Prep scored 21 unanswered points in the second half without throwing a pass and dealt No. 2 St. Mary's an old-fashioned beating, 23-9, in Rockville yesterday.

Ranked No. 14 in the District of Columbia area by The Washington Post, the Little Hoyas dominated the Saints on both sides of the ball in extending the Baltimore-D.C. area's longest winning streak to 16 games in a match-up of 3-0 teams.

The Little Hoyas' pair of Associated Press All-State Small Schools players, running back J. R. Purnell (110 of 180 yards rushing in second half) and nose-guard Ryan Perraut (four sacks, two each half) showed why they earned postseason honors as juniors.

Purnell's running enabled the Little Hoyas to control the clock while putting up the necessary points, and Perraut threw up a road block on defense.

"They're both great players and did the same as they always do," said Georgetown Prep coach Jim Fegan, who ran his career record to 234-61-2 in this his 34th and final season. Fegan, who owns 13 Interstate Athletic Conference championships, is retiring.

St. Mary's took a 9-2 halftimelead on a 1-yard touchdown dive by Brian Kingsbury in the first period and Jamison Mullen's school-record, 46-yard field goal on the final play before intermission. That was the Saints' offense.

In the second half, the Saints never crossed midfield and ran only 19 plays to 33 by the Little Hoyas, who had possession for nearly 16 of the final 24 minutes.

Saints' quarterback Ryan Metzbower was intercepted three times and sacked twice for 10 yards in losses in the second half, completing only one of eight passes for 4 yards. And the visitors managed only 14 yards rushing in the second half.

"They have that great running back. They just ran straight plays, and we had trouble tackling them," said St. Mary's coach Brad Best. "They played better in the second half -- didn't do anything we didn't expect, [but] just stuck it to us, and we didn't recover."

Georgetown Prep took control immediately in the third period by driving 52 yards in eight plays for seven points.

The home team then scored on a 41-yard interception return by Brendan Dowd and, with 1: 55 left in the third quarter, quarterback Andrew Toussaint's 1-yard plunge that capped a 14-play, 43-yard drive.

"Their quarterback was pretty smart, and they read our defenses very well," said St. Mary's linebacker Monte Graves.

"Not taking anything away from Georgetown Prep, but our conference (MIAA A) is just as good, " said Best. "But I get a little tired of hearing all the time of how much better Washington football is better than Baltimore football. Loyola, Gilman, Mount St. Joe, Calvert Hall are right in here with these teams.

"Hopefully, a game like this will get us ready for the conference."

The Saints visit No. 6 Loyola Saturday.

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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