Gilman stops Calvert Hall, 28-21 Greyhounds' big plays prove Cardinals' undoing

October 26, 1997|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Big plays.

Gilman made them and Calvert Hall didn't.

The No. 4 Greyhounds clamped down for two fourth-down stops in the final 6 1/2 minutes, scored four touchdowns on quick strikes and forced two fumbles to upend the No. 3 Cardinals, 28-21, yesterday in an MIAA A Conference game.

It didn't matter that Calvert Hall controlled the ball for nearly 34 of the game's 48 minutes or that the Cardinals out-gained Gilman, 373-237. The game, which featured four lead changes and two ties, boiled down to Gilman's ability to crack Calvert Hall's defense for lengthy runs and stop the Cardinals in the fourth quarter.

"We came of age this game," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said. "We're young and this was such a big game. We'll be tough to play in our last two games."

The first test for Gilman (5-2, 2-1 in the MIAA) came with 6: 30 remaining in the game with a 28-21 lead. Calvert Hall (7-1, 1-1) had moved to its 43-yard line and faced a fourth-and-one situation.

But Chad Parsons, Calvert Hall's 5-foot-8, 210-pound running back, was leveled at the line of scrimmage by Mike Faust and Jamie Hodges to end the drive.

After the Greyhounds punted the ball back to Calvert Hall after three plays, the Cardinals marched to Gilman's 40 before stalling to set up fourth-and-11 with 41 seconds left.

Cardinals quarterback Jason Bungori then connected for the sixth time of the game with Avon Mack, who was immediately pulled down by defensive back Sina Ekundayo 3 yards short of the first down.

The play redeemed Ekundayo, who had blown several coverages earlier in the game.

"I knew it was coming because they were going to him the entire game," Ekundayo said. "I made a stick at the sticks. I knew the game was over then."

Gilman opened the scoring at 6-0 when quarterback Ryan Boyle broke a 40-yard run on the Greyhounds' second drive of the game. Calvert Hall went ahead 7-6 midway through the second quarter on Mack's 21-yard reception from Bungori, capping a 12-play, 80-yard drive.

The Greyhounds created another scoring opportunity when defensive lineman Brian Lewis hit Bungori, causing a fumble and giving Gilman the ball at Calvert Hall's 15. On the next play, Damien Davis cut around the right corner for a touchdown as the Greyhounds reclaimed the lead at 14-7 with 5: 41 remaining before halftime.

Calvert Hall came back with two 80-yard drives to take a 21-14 lead with 4: 41 left in the third quarter.

However, Gilman got another big-play boost when Davis ran back a kickoff 50 yards to the Calvert Hall 47-yard line. The Greyhounds needed only five plays and an extra point to tie the game at 21.

A minute into the fourth quarter, Davis again sparked Gilman, running the ball 79 yards to the Cardinals' 1-yard line. Faust's dive put the Greyhounds ahead for good at 28-21.

"We made key mistakes in key situations," Calvert Hall coach Lou Eckerl said. "Gilman played a near-perfect game. They didn't fumble and commit key penalties."

No. 1 Loyola 26, Henderson (Pa.) 14: Kyle Bell ran for 84 yards on 18 carries and scored three third-quarter touchdowns as the visiting Dons (5-1) won a non-league game.

Loyola held Henderson (1-7) to 232 total yards, but was outrushed, 184-169.

Mount St. Joseph 48, St. Mary's 7: The Gaels (5-3, 1-2 in the MIAA A Conference) revived the old single-wing offense and junior quarterback Andy Michalowicz thrived. Running behind right guard Kyle Lott and tackle Ryan Andrew, Michalowicz rushed 18 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Michalowicz also passed for another 156 yards (6-for-10) and a touchdown.

Severn 34, Curley 20: Dennard Melton carried 15 times for 188 yards, went 4-for-6 passing, rushing for four touchdowns and throwing for another for the visiting Admirals (4-4). Ian Mattonen went 4-for-4 on extra-point conversions.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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