Gilman gives McDonogh costly lesson in delivery No. 1 Greyhounds gain 10th win of season, 23-14

November 08, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

They say talk is cheap.

But it certainly was costly yesterday for seventh-ranked McDonogh in a 23-14 loss at top-ranked Gilman, which became the first Greyhounds football team to win 10 games without a loss.

Confident after a 54-0 rout of Spalding, McDonogh players supplied the bulletin board material in The Sun last weekend.

"They said they'd come here and humble us," Gilman's Brian Lewis recalled. "But guess what?"

Before a crowd of about 4,000, Gilman set the tone on the opening kickoff, hammering speedster Pat Bydume, who re-inured his right ankle and was sidelined for the game.

The Greyhounds then built a 23-0 lead over McDonogh (8-1), whose only points came in the game's final 3: 32 on Anthony Esposito's 3-yard run and, later, his 7-yard reception from Matt Primm (14 for 28, 148 yards).

Primm often found Owen Daly (five receptions, 56 yards) or Brad Dumont (five, 39). Daly also made a conversion catch following Esposito's first TD.

But Primm was mostly harassed by a swarming defense as Lewis registered his 11th and 12th sacks, and teammate Felix Isuk his 13th. Dan Zito and Tim Webb also had sacks. Andrew Lucas and Sina Ekundayo each broke up passes, with Ekundayo adding an interception and Henry Russell a fumble recovery.

"We send Pat outside and me inside, so it took us awhile to adjust," Esposito said.

By after halftime, it was too late.

Andrew Faraone's field goals of 26, 48 and 34 yards gave him 10 for the year, with his first, the 26-yarder, giving Gilman a 3-0 lead at 11: 05 of the second period and igniting his team to a 20-0 halftime lead.

"After the first quarter, things got rolling," Faraone said.

After Ryan Boyle's 20th scoring pass of the year, a 12-yarder to Damien Davis, made it 10-0, Gilman went primarily with Mike Faust (134 yards), Davis (89) and Chisom Opara (88). Opara's 6-yard run made it 17-0.

"We were bigger, stronger and blew them off the ball," Faust said. "It was a walk in the park."

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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