Geared-up McDonogh rolls over J. Carroll 42-15 win keeps Eagles unbeaten in MIAA B

October 19, 1997|By Mark Hoeflich | Mark Hoeflich,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

If coach Dom Damico has liked what he's seen from his McDonogh football team thus far, then he was left particularly impressed with the Eagles' performance yesterday at John Carroll.

McDonogh simply had its way with the Patriots, as quarterback Matt Primm threw for three touchdowns, the offense rolled up 339 total yards, and a steadily-improving defense held John Carroll to nine points and 75 yards rushing in the second half on the way to a 42-15 win.

More important though, the win kept the Eagles (6-1, 5-0) unbeaten in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference and all but assured them of their first league title since 1993, when McDonogh won the A Conference championship under Mike Working.

McDonogh has been especially hard on John Carroll (5-1, 3-1), which came into the game as the only other undefeated team in the league, over the past two years, outscoring them 94-27.

"Our kids were geared up all week for this game," Damico said. "We now control our own destiny and we're happy to be in the position we are."

The Patriots appeared to have shaken off the ills of last seasons' 52-12 loss to McDonogh by holding the Eagles to less than 50 yards rushing in the first half. And despite trailing 14-6 at halftime, the Patriots were controlling the clock and had three more first downs.

Yet, as was the case last season, John Carroll's defense was left frustrated and flat by McDonogh's ability to score quickly.

Primm and sophomore running back Pat Bydume have been at the center of the Eagles' big-play offense all season, and they dashed any hopes of a Patriots second-half comeback on McDonogh's first two possessions of the second half. Primm's 39-yard pass to Rick Faint put the Eagles at John Carroll's 29, and after an offside penalty, Bydume weaved his way for a 34-yard touchdown run to extend McDonogh's lead to 21-6.

Bydume had two rushes for 20 yards on the next possession, setting up Primm's 10-yard touchdown pass to Faint and a 28-6 lead.

"The offensive line played well and made it pretty easy for me to put the ball where my receivers wanted it," said Primm, who was 8-for-9 for 186 yards and accounted for all of McDonogh's points in the first half with touchdown throws of 25 and 79 yards.

"Team speed is big in football games and if we can spread our kids out and the defense gives us room, we take advantage of it," Damico said.

Meanwhile, John Carroll's offense fizzled behind a running game that was slowed by the aggressive play of McDonogh linebackers Marshall Davis, Anthony Esposito and T.C. Cosby.

The Patriots were successful running the ball on their only sustaining drive of the second half, using six rushes to get to the McDonogh 16, but a Bryan Leone interception return of 87 yards put John Carroll's deficit at 29 points.

"Let's face up to the facts, they took it to us," said John Carroll coach Bill Mackley. "Their long touchdown runs really hurt us."

One bright spot for John Carroll was kicker Scott Collins, whose 56-yard field goal in the second period was a yard shy of the state record set by Jason Bloom (Perry Hall) in 1994.

Pub Date: 10/19/97

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