No. 1 McDonogh barrels over Mount St. Joseph

468 yards of offense propel Eagles, 35-18


October 21, 2001|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Mount St. Joseph football team showed some gumption when it scheduled top-ranked McDonogh for yesterday afternoon's homecoming game. But the Gaels may not have shown the best judgment.

Senior running back E.J. Hamilton rushed for 255 yards and a touchdown, senior wide receiver Scott Robinson caught six passes for 95 yards and three touchdowns and senior quarterback Joe Benson completed 13 of 23 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Eagles to a 35-18 victory before a crowd of approximately 3,000.

McDonogh (7-0, 2-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association) won its area-leading 17th straight game by amassing 468 yards of total offense and 26 first downs.

"Joe came out throwing great, the offensive line blocked awesome today, and Scott stepped up for us," said Hamilton, who carried the ball 30 times. "I can't say enough about the offensive line. They blocked for me, opened up holes and gave me a chance to run. It was a great team effort."

In a losing effort, junior quarterback Nick Tanis completed 13 of 19 passes for 211 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as the Gaels (5-4, 0-3) gained 326 yards of offense and had 13 first downs.

The Gaels had first-and-goal on the Eagles' 8-yard line when senior defensive lineman Rusty Mason recovered a fumbled handoff exchange with 4:13 remaining in the third quarter. On the ensuing possession, McDonogh drove 90 yards on nine plays and scored on a 29-yard run by Hamilton to forge in front 35-18 with 19.6 seconds left in the third.

In all, Mount St. Joseph turned the ball over three times, including on the second play of its first two possessions. That led to 21 points for McDonogh. Benson, who also ran for a 7-yard touchdown, took advantage of the first two turnovers with scoring passes to Robinson of 14 and 12 yards. Later in the first quarter, Benson hit Robinson with a 31-yard touchdown pass on a hook-and-go route to put McDonogh up 21-6.

"The line was giving me tons of time back there," Benson said. "Scott was getting open, and even all the other receivers, although they didn't have any touchdowns, they all were finding holes in the zone."

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