No. 1 Gilman deals Poly one of school's worst defeats, 49-0 Greyhounds overwhelm new Engineers offense

September 19, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

First-year Poly coach John Hammond replaced retired Augie Waibel's grind-it-out offense with a pass-oriented approach that produced 57 points in the Engineers' first two games, both wins.

But it seemed every time the fourth-ranked Engineers dropped into a shotgun posture yesterday, No. 1-ranked Gilman's defense shot them down on the way to a 49-0 victory -- one of Poly's worst defeats ever.

Gilman (3-0) set the tone on Poly's game-opening drive, sandwiching sacks by Brian Lewis and All-Metro Felix Isuk around Chisom Opara's batted-down pass.

Poly had only 18 total yards on offense for the first half and 80 for the game. Gilman racked up 260 of its 329 total yards in the first half. Frazier (four-for-six, 43 yards) was sacked seven times and threw three interceptions, one of which Dan Zito returned for a touchdown.

"We pass the ball this year," Frazier said. "We can't pass, we don't win."

While fans of Poly (2-1) will have to search long and hard to find such a lopsided loss in its history, Gilman athletic director Tim Holley, a Gilman alumnus and assistant to coach Biff Poggi, called the Greyhounds "the best Gilman team I've seen."

"We've had great teams in the '80s with Jamal Cox [Georgia Tech] and Mark Agent [Maryland,] but nothing like this," said Holley.

Leading the way defensively for Gilman, which has outscored three opponents by 137-0, were Isuk (three sacks), Lewis (two) and, with one sack each, Andrew Lucas and Brian Ferentz. Opara, Zito and Mike Faust had the interceptions. Henry Russell had three tackles for a loss, and Mike Yoon a fumble recovery.

"Our coaches always had us in the right place at the right time," Russell said. "They never knew what was coming at them."

One of Faust's two 1-yard scoring runs had Gilman up, 7-0, at 6: 47 of the first period. It was 13-0 at 1: 43 before the second period after Damien Davis went untouched on a 73-yard off-tackle burst.

The Greyhounds went to the air in the second period, as Ryan Boyle (four-for-six, 88 yards) nailed touchdown strikes of 40 and 28 yards to Chisom Opara and Sina Ekundayo, respectively.

Boyle led all rushers with seven carries for 92 yards, most coming on a 63-yard option run to the Poly 31 that set up Ekundayo's score two plays later with 1: 43 left in the half. Boyle had hit Hugh Green for a conversion for a 21-0 lead.

Opara's third-period interception set up Faust's second score for a 35-0 lead. Zito returned his interception 6 yards for a 42-0 lead with 3: 41 left in the third. Gilman's Andrew Faraone was good on five of six extra-point kicks and is 11-for-13 on the year.

"We got our butts kicked. No excuses," Hammond said. "Ball-control offense, play-action passes -- Gilman was the complete package."

Pub Date: 9/19/98

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