Mount St. Joe wings to 48-7 romp Gaels revive old offense in cruising by St. Mary's

October 26, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

As he left Weems Whelan Field in Annapolis yesterday, former McDonogh coach Dick Working said to his son, Mike Working, "sure looks like the single wing to me."

Mike Working, the head coach at Mount St. Joseph (5-3, 1-2), took a page from his dad's playbook of yesteryear.

Working dusted off the ancient, single-wing offense that teams ran when players wore leather helmets, and it contributed to a 48-7 romp over St. Mary's (4-4, 0-2) in Maryland Interscholastic Association A Conference play.

Junior quarterback Andy Michalowicz ran mainly behind right guard Kyle Lott and tackle Ryan Andrew 18 times for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Michalowicz also passed for another 156 yards (6-for-10) and a touchdown, occasionally using the more conventional under-center formations.

With just a minute left in the first half, Michalowicz gave the Gaels a 19-7 lead on a 2-yard dive. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Pasadena, then ran for his third touchdown and threw an 84-yard touchdown pass to Shaz Brown (five receptions, 153 yards) to power a 29-point third period.

"I was a single-wing tailback in high school [for his dad at McDonogh] until my senior year," said Mike Working. "Our running back [Greg Jones] broke his leg a couple weeks ago and Michalowicz is really our best running back.

"We've had a hard time getting him to run the ball on the option, so we said, put him back in the shotgun [single wing style with long snap] and let him throw from there and do a couple things running the ball. So, it looks like maybe that's what we're going to be doing."

Michalowicz, who ran for 70 yards in the first half, was psyched up.

"Coach Working took me aside before the game and told me when I play better, the whole team plays better," said Michalowicz, whose brother Matt played at Chesapeake High and now attends the Naval Academy.

"I knew I needed to play my game and my whole line came out and blocked tremendous."

The Gaels picked off three Ryan Metzbower (145 yards passing) passes, returning two for touchdowns, and recovered two fumbles.

Cornerback John O'Donnell returned an interception 83 yards to give the visitors a 12-7 lead in the second period and Chad Allen ran an errant pass back 27 yards for a score in the third period.

O'Donnell and Sean Jones, who had the other pick, led the Gaels in unassisted tackles with seven each while Andre Reid and Matt Stoffel of Linthicum, who forced a fumble, had five each.

The Gaels' big-play defense left the Saints with just seven points to show for 15 first downs and 220 total yards of offense in the first half. Metzbower, who scored the Saints' touchdown from the 1, completed 11 of 20 passes for 121 yards with Art MacAdams grabbing five for 54 yards before intermission.

One of the most crucial plays of the game occurred with just over a minute left in the half when a back-peddling Metzbower fumbled on a third-and-long passing situation. Stoffel banged the Saints' quarterback and Chambers smothered the loose ball at the 2. Michalowicz scored on the next play.

When the season started, St. Mary's and St. Joe were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, but neither is ranked any longer.

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 nonleague game.

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

No. 4 Gilman 28, No. 3 Calvert Hall 21: The host 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 Cardinals in an MIAA A Conference game.

Severn 34, Curley 20: Dennard Melton rushed 15 times for 188 yards, went 4-for-6 passing, rushed for four touchdowns and threw 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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