Wooden guides Gilman to 37-14 win

Football

October 14, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Gilman junior quarterback Ambrose Wooden showed yesterday afternoon there is pretty much nothing he can't do.

Wooden rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, threw for another touchdown and even completed a pass to himself to lead the No. 4 Greyhounds to a 37-14 win over Calvert Hall before a homecoming crowd of more than 2,000 at Roland Park.

Gilman improved to 4-3 overall, 2-0 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The Greyhounds' losses have been to DeMatha and Urbana -- the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the Associated Press state poll -- and to New York private school power Poly Prep.

Wooden, who was taken out after Gilman's first series in the third quarter, opened the afternoon with a 74-yard touchdown on an option keeper to the right side on the game's fourth play from scrimmage.

"We came out here inspired," said Wooden, who finished 5-for-11 for 62 yards and a touchdown passing, but lost 6 yards on his reception. "... That run just sparked it off."

Calvert Hall (3-3, 1-2) initially appeared it would march right back. On their first possession, the Cardinals drove 16 plays, earned five first downs and took 6 minutes, 15 seconds off the clock. But they failed to score.

After the teams exchanged two punts apiece, Gilman embarked on a 42-yard scoring drive, capped by a 6-yard touchdown carry by Malcolm Ruff to move ahead 14-0.

Gilman then closed the half with 65-yard drive in 46 seconds to take a 21-0 lead. Wooden hit receiver Napolean Sykes with a 42-yard touchdown with 11 seconds left.

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