Mount St. Joe pounds Dunbar, 38-26 Michalowicz, Jones lead 367-yard offensive effort

September 07, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Probably the most anticipated matchup of the first weekend of the season was yesterday's non-league game between Dunbar and Mount St. Joseph, pitting the city's premier public school program vs. the city's top private school.

But whatever excitement there was, it was pretty much gone by halftime as the host and No. 2-ranked Gaels built a 27-6 lead en route to a 38-26 victory over the No. 6 Poets.

Mount St. Joseph junior quarterback Andy Michalowicz ran for two touchdowns and threw for another. Greg Jones rushed for 171 yards on 20 carries.

Michalowicz, who's expected to become the latest in a line of talented quarterbacks developed by Gaels coach Mike Working, only completed three of eight passes for 49 yards, but Jones looked ready to follow in the footsteps of quality Mount St. Joseph running backs such as Archie Wannamaker and Aaron Thompson (Maryland), last year's All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year.

"All the credit goes to the offensive line, they really did the job," said Jones, a 5-foot-5, 165-pound senior. "I just did what the coach told me to do."

Jones, who missed the past two seasons with injuries, had 62 yards in the Gaels' first scoring drive and nine rushes of 10 or more yards as Mount St. Joseph (1-0 ) amassed 367 yards against Dunbar's defense.

The Poets, looking to fill a void at running back left by the graduation of All-Metro Ali Culpepper, now at Syracuse, found that to be the least of their problems.

Dunbar (0-1), which suffered its first regular-season road loss under Stanley Mitchell, was simply outplayed by Mount St. Joseph and made numerous mental errors.

"We didn't play the football Dunbar is capable of playing," said Mitchell, who has led Dunbar to four state semifinal appearances and two state titles. "We made too many mistakes and had poor tackling. We had to earn every point we scored."

Dunbar got two late touchdowns to make the score look respectable, but it was Mount St. Joseph, looking to claim its fourth straight MIAA A Conference championship, which made the plays yesterday.

The Gaels led 14-0 early in the second quarter after scoring runs by Howard Randall and Michalowicz. Dunbar got on the board as Denelle Hale hit Dahnel Singfield on a 33-yard scoring pass.

On the ensuing kickoff, Shaz Brown, who helped free Randall for his score with a block, found a seam and outran the Poet defense, going 86 yards for a touchdown to extend the Gaels' lead.

"The big thing today was we were able to get more kids involved in the offense," Working said.

Gilman 17, No. 5 City 0: Junior tailback Damien Davis rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and the host Greyhounds held City All-Metro wide receiver Warren Smith to just 8 yards on two catches.

No. 13 Woodlawn 15, Walbrook 0: Senior fullback Sean Tilley and quarterback Tavon Mason each rushed for 1-yard touchdowns for the host Warriors.

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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