In final seconds, Gilman gets fumble, win 10-7 win comes as Landon mishandles handoff at 1

September 27, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Gilman assistant coach Stan White called it "a win. A very lucky win."

Down by three with nine seconds to play, visiting Landon of Montgomery County had the ball on Gilman's 1-yard line when the Greyhounds' Andrew Lucas recovered a fumbled handoff -- one successfully executed several times previously by Bears quarterback Ted Lamade and fullback Will MacDonald -- as No. 1 Gilman (4-0) edged the Washington Post's 17th-ranked team, 10-7.

"I was blitzing inside, turned and saw the fumble," Lucas said. "I jumped on it and held on for dear life."

Facing fourth-and-nine at Gilman's 46, Landon hung in when David Burman (6 feet 4, 200 pounds) outleaped two defenders for a 35-yard pass from Lamade (8-for-16, 106 yards). Two runs by MacDonald put the ball at Gilman's 1 before the game-ending play.

Shortly after Gilman downed the ball with five seconds left, Landon's 27th-year coach Lowell Davis called the decisive play "one of those you had to see it to believe it kind of things."

It was the biggest test, thus far, for Gilman, which had outscored its previous opponents, 137-0. The Greyhounds were out-gained requiring Andrew Faraone's 35-yard field goal 1: 27 before halftime for the winning margin.

"They were a tough team but we didn't quit," said Gilman's Mike Faust (41 yards, four carries), who burst up the middle for first downs on three occasions in the first half. "It took everyone on our team to win this game."

Faraone capped a busy week. Also the top scorer on Gilman's soccer team, he had a goal and an assist in Thursday's 2-0 soccer upset of No. 14 Spalding.

"I expected more offense from us, so I didn't think it would come down to the field goal," said Faraone, an All-Metro lacrosse player. "But against a good team, our defense proved we're legit."

Jamie Hodges, Sina Ekundayo and Dan Zito all had tackles for losses. Linebackers Felix Isuk and Brian Lewis had one sack each. Nick Nocar and Chisom Opara each had interceptions. Opara and Nocar combined to break up a pass in the end zone.

"We came out slow against a good team, but showed a lot of character in winning," Opara said.

Faraone's conversion kick made it 7-0 with 1: 12 left in the first period, following a 13-yard run by Damien Davis (13 carries, 61 yards), who broke two tackles before diving into the end zone.

But Landon (1-1), the defending Interstate Athletic Conference champ, answered with a four-play, 65-yard drive that tied the game with 8: 21 left in the half. George Boiardi (nine carries, 57 yards) burst up the middle then sprinted 11 yards down the Gilman sideline for the score and Alex Bush kicked the extra point.

"We had success up the middle but didn't have it in the end," said MacDonald, coming off a 92-yard, three-touchdown effort. "A couple of our guys know their guys from playing lacrosse, so we wanted this like any game we'll play this year."

Randallstown 47, Owings Mills 0: Marshall Contee and Kyle Johnson scored two touchdowns apiece to lead the No. 4 Rams (4-0) past the Eagles (1-3).

Johnson scored on two 5-yard runs in the first half as Randallstown took a 33-0 lead.

Milford Mill 46, Dundalk 6: Richard Johnson threw for a touchdown, ran for one and returned a punt for another to lead the No. 8 Millers (3-1) past the visiting Owls.

Johnson's 1-yard run had given the Millers a 16-6 lead in the second quarter before he returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and a 24-6 halftime lead.

Pub Date: 9/27/98

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