Gilman's early offense sinks Lakers Four straight TDs drop Boys' Latin by 28-14

September 13, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

No. 6-ranked Gilman did all the necessary damage against visiting Boys' Latin in the first half yesterday, racking up 234 yards of offense, scoring on all four possessions and building a 28-0 lead in an eventual 28-14 non-league win.

It didn't take long afterward for the focus to shift to the Greyhounds' next week's rival, No. 5 Poly, which has out-scored its first two opponents by a combined 79-0.

"I'm not sure how good our team is, but I know Poly's one of the few area teams we have a losing record against," said first-year coach Biff Poggi, whose Greyhounds (2-0) upset then-No. 5 City, 17-0, in their season opener.

"With these kids, though, and our coaching staff, I wouldn't want to be anybody else but Gilman."

Gilman's defense, led by Brian Lewis and Felix Isuk, limited the Lakers (1-1) to 94 of their 342 yards in the first half. But that was dTC only after Lakers coach Drew Haugh surprised Poggi with an offense Poggi hadn't seen.

Instead of a power-I or wing-T offense centered around quarterback Danny Berger, Haugh switched to an option-oriented set engineered by Jason Leneau. The Lakers' opening drive covered 39 yards in eight plays to Gilman's 33 before Leneau was stopped.

"I was impressed with how our kids and coaches trusted each other, didn't panic," said Poggi, who used many subs in the second half when Leneau amassed 127 of his 173 yards on 24 carries.

On Gilman's first possession, Blake Atkins capped a seven-play, 77-yard drive with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Chisom Opara with 5: 17 left in the first period. One play earlier, running back Andrew Lucas had converted on a fourth-and-2 at the Lakers' 40.

"That touchdown was big. We'd been trading back-and-forth and they were fired up," said Opara, whose teammate, Kevin Culbertson, converted all four extra-point kicks. "We'd been high on ourselves after dusting City, but they didn't just lie down for us."

Eight runners contributed to the Greyhounds' 132 first-half rushing yards, including juniors Damien Davis (five carries, 43 yards) and Sina Ekudayo (four carries, 41 yards, two touchdowns).

Ryan Boyle went 4-for-4 passing for 65 yards in the first half (6-for-8, 80 yards on the day) and Mike Faust scored a 1-yard touchdown.

The Lakers finally scored late in each of the last two periods.

Freshman Shawn Medlin (seven carries, 130 yards) scored off an 86-yard draw play with 1: 33 left in the third period, and Ryan Lafferty came up with an end zone fumble recovery with 1: 12 left.

R.C. Reed was good on both extra-point kicks for the Lakers (1-1), who routed St. James in their season opener.

"We played with heart but couldn't stop them defensively," said Haugh, who got a sack from cornerback Joey Buchannan and an interception by junior Jamie Daue.

Pub Date: 9/13/97

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