Down 14, Mt. St. Joe surges to 34-26 win

Outlaw's 70-yard catch, Lattimore's three TDs overcome McNamara

High Schools

Football

September 16, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With his team trailing McNamara of Prince George's County by 14 points yesterday, Mount St. Joseph receiver J.J. Outlaw had one thought: "Don't quit."

"We hung our heads against Good Counsel [a 34-14 loss earlier this season] after they got up on us, so the thing was not to fall apart, to stay together," he said.

The ninth-ranked Gaels not only kept their composure, they also rallied to a 34-26 win over the visiting Mustangs behind Outlaw, running back Keon Lattimore, quarterback Nick Tanis and a bend-but-don't-break defense anchored by Dan Michalowicz.

Lattimore rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, returned a punt 29 yards for another score and had an interception -- all with his brother, Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, watching from the track surrounding the field.

Lattimore's 8-yard run around the left side after a stutter-step move at the line was followed by a two-point conversion catch by Pascal Abiamiri that pulled the Gaels to 20-14.

The Gaels (3-1) were up, 22-20, 2:45 before halftime after Lattimore's punt return for a touchdown and his follow-up conversion run. The junior later scored on 34-yard run with 6:19 to play.

Outlaw (seven receptions, 164 yards) caught a 70-yard touchdown pass from Tanis (12-for-18, 217 yards) to give the Gaels a 6-0 lead before the Mustangs (2-1) scored 26 second-quarter points.

Outlaw's second touchdown catch -- where his excellent balance allowed him to remain in bounds over the final 12 yards -- put the Gaels ahead to stay, 28-26, midway through the third period.

The Gaels defense held on downs on two drives inside their 15-yard line in the second half. Michalowicz had a sack and four tackles for lost yardage, and Newton Gentry and Nick Cotter had interceptions for Mount St. Joseph.

"We had trouble with their receivers, but we came with a lot more intensity in the second half, showed a lot of heart and found out what we're made of," Michalowicz said.

After McNamara's Harold Stanback recovered a teammate's fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, it was 6-6 with 9:53 left in the first half.

The Mustangs' Anthony Davis (12-for-15, 208 yards) effectively began using his receivers almost immediately after that.

On the next play following Everett Allen's fumble recovery at the Gaels 21, Davis spotted Deyon Williams (four receptions, 53 yards) in the right corner of the end zone. Davis then connected with Allen for the two-point conversion and a 14-6 lead.

Davis' second touchdown pass, a 24-yard fade pattern to Allen (three receptions, 73 yards), put the Mustangs up, 20-6, 6:18 before the intermission.

Down, 22-20, the Mustangs took only 1:53 to cover 80 yards in eight plays. The drive ended with Shaun Herbert (six receptions, 82 yards) out-leaping double coverage for the lead going into halftime.

But the Gaels got more penetration against Davis from Michalowicz and players such as Eddie Coker, Dan Hairston and Phil Axtell, each of whom had a sack. Steve Collins and Anthony Fair had two tackles each for lost yardage.

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