Saints vent frustration in victory over Gilman St. Mary's takes 31-14 win over No. 3 Greyhounds

November 02, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

A miserable season for St. Mary's football team has included losing its preseason No. 1 ranking, losing All-Metro lineman Rob Hoffman to injury, and losing four of its past five games.

Last week's 41-point loss to No. 13 Mount St. Joseph was rock-bottom.

But the Saints (5-4, 1-2) unleashed some attitude on No. 3-ranked Gilman (5-3, 2-2) yesterday, going up 31-0 after three periods of an eventual 31-14 MIAA A Conference win.

"It felt good to pound on someone else for a change," said Ernie Listman, who had a sack and two touchdowns on 79 rushing yards. "We took all of our frustrations out on them."

Joe Thompson (two sacks), Lance Kearns (fumble recovery) and Alex Kruthaupt -- who delivered some crunching tackles -- helped limit Gilman to minus-28 yards in the first half.

"We were a real team today," said Thompson, "and when that happens, we're unstoppable."

Ryan Metzbower (6-for-11, 44 yards) threw a 4-yard touchdown to Pat Grizzle and, defensively, had an interception. Kevin Callahan, who recovered a fumble, had 89 yards on eight carries and scored a 47-yard touchdown. Tim Shandley had a 22-yard field goal and four extra-point kicks. And Hoffman returned, playing a half and making four tackles for a loss.

"Hoffman [back from a month's absence] was a morale booster," said Saints coach Brad Best. "These 42 young men put all of their pride into the game."

It mattered not that Gilman was without key starters who violated team rules and were barred from playing.

Before the incident, first-year Gilman coach Biff Poggi and his underclassmen-laden squad had been the area's biggest surprise.

Unranked during the preseason, the Greyhounds have beaten City, Poly, Calvert Hall and Mount St. Joseph -- all of which were ranked in The Sun's top five before losing to the Greyhounds.

Gilman's only area loss was against No. 1 Loyola, 15-13, when it was without a key starter during a game in which it took a physical hammering. Though still banged up one week later, according to Poggi, the Greyhounds managed a come-from-behind, 28-21 victory over No. 4 Calvert Hall.

Gilman reserves scored 14 points in the fourth period, sparked by Henry Russell's recovery of an onside kick and a 62-yard punt by Culbertson, a wide receiver who started as Gilman's quarterback before fifth-string QB Lance Zimmerman replaced him.

Franko Gould had an interception and recovered a fumble to set up his 6-yard touchdown catch from Zimmerman. Zimmerman-to-Gould worked for the conversion pass and a 31-8 score with 5: 39 to play. It was 31-14 with 58 seconds left after Zimmerman scored from 6 yards.

Sophomore fullback Mike Faust plowed for 32 yards on seven carries, and carries of 30, 15, 11 and 10 yards by Justin Weaver whipped the Gilman sideline into frenzied shouts of "Weaver, Weaver."

"That was a great fourth quarter for Gilman football," said Poggi. "We're over it [the incident.] We're ready to play. I love my kids. That's all I want to say."

Pub Date: 11/02/97

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