Davis and Gilman blockers trample McDonogh, 32-20 Husky No. 7 Greyhounds wear down smaller rivals

November 09, 1997|By Brant James | Brant James,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Gilman yesterday recaptured the Price Trophy, the hardware awarded annually to the winner of the Greyhounds-McDonogh football game.

Hopefully, it was strapped onto Damien Davis' back for the trip home. Thanks to a massive offensive line advantage, Davis carried the Greyounds much of the day, rushing for 217 yards on 21 attempts, including a 54-yard touchdown, as No. 7 Gilman ran past 13th-ranked host McDonogh, 32-20.

"The line was awesome today," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said. "They hammered all day. It was a beautiful thing."

Davis gave the Greyhounds (6-3) a permanent lead with 2: 32 left in the second quarter when he took an option pitch from quarterback Ryan Boyle and pranced through the Eagles' defense for a 14-6 lead.

"After that second drive we really started blocking well," Davis said. "We really sustained our blocks."

With 1: 55 left until halftime, Boyle shifted the momentum squarely behind Gilman when he scrambled out of the pocket for a 53-yard gain to the Eagles' 1. Chisom Opara scored a play later for a 21-6 halftime advantage.

Gilman took a 24-6 lead in the third quarter on a 17-yard Andrew Farrone field goal, but the MIAA B Conference champs (8-2) gamely came back with a 10-play touchdown drive on the next series. Anthony Esposito (142 yards) drove the Eagles to the Greyhounds' 4 with a 26-yard run before quarterback Matt Primm scored from the 1 to cut the deficit to 26-12.

McDonogh then recovered an onsides kick, but turned the ball over on downs. Mike Faust rushed four times for 25 yards on the Greyhounds' subsequent nine-play drive and scored a 9-yard touchdown for a 30-12 lead with 5: 17 left in the game.

"The biggest difference in the A Conference and the B is going to be in the line play," McDonogh coach Dominic Damico said. "We're sending 170-pound linemen out there, and Gilman's were a lot bigger than that."

McDonogh scored its final touchdown following a lost fumble by the Greyhounds' second string when Primm hit Neil Littman with a pop pass he turned into a 49-yard score.

Gilman has won the Price Trophy three of the past four seasons.

Severna Park 21, No. 2 Annapolis 14: The Falcons (4-6, 2-5 in the county) prevented the playoff-bound Panthers (9-1, 6-1) from becoming the 11th Anne Arundel County team to go undefeated in regular season since 1960.

All the scoring came in the first half with the second half played in a steady downpour. Quarterback Greg Korwek had a pair of 1-yard touchdown plunges and Josh Cornett, who had game-high totals of 32 carries for 132 yards, scored on a 14-yard run.

No. 3 Calvert Hall 21, St. Mary's 13: Chad Parsons had two 1-yard tounchdown runs to pace the Cardinals (8-1) over the visiting Saints (5-5) in an MIAA A Conference game. Calvert Hall (8-1) can grab a share of the conference title with a win over No. 1 Loyola on Thanksgiving Day.

No. 10 Woodlawn 40, Franklin 0: Reggie Danage rushed for 156 yards on eight carries as the Warriors (9-1) pounded the the host Indians (1-9) in a Baltimore County league game.

No. 8 Milford Mill 42, Catonsville 0: Rich Johnson scored three touchdowns and threw for two more as the host Millers (9-1) blanked the Comets (4-6). Rodney Evans had three sacks and 11 tackles for Milford Mill.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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