Down 12, Loyola tops No. 4 Gilman, 16-12

Emotions, Frisby power Dons past league champs in Brune's last home game

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Football

October 28, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

You don't want to get on Joe Brune's bad side when a big game's coming up. The 67-year-old Loyola coach was especially agitated this week: His Dons had a five-game losing streak against visiting three-time defending league champion Gilman.

"I lit up a player in practice because, in his mind, something I was saying didn't seem to pertain to him," said Brune, whose flames were further stoked by the fact that it would be the final game of his 35-year career before a home crowd. He's retiring after this season. "It was a big week, and I wasn't very polite, but that's my style."

Brune's fiery approach got the most out of his players, as Loyola overcame a 12-point deficit to upset the fourth-ranked Greyhounds, 16-12, yesterday.

The Dons (2-5 overall, 1-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) overcame a 12-0, first-half deficit with defense and the play of quarterback Marcus Frisby. Brune praised linebacker Brad Koehler (interception) and Sebastian Price, who rushed for three first downs and, defensively, helped contain second-team All-Metro quarterback Ambrose Wooden.

Brune, who graduated from Loyola 50 years ago, wept after the game. "Some of the guys you get on the most, they think you hate them, but they are the same ones who played so well."

Frisby (12 carries for 92 yards, 9-of-14 passing for 134 yards) scored on a 2-yard run in the third quarter. A 35-yard field goal by Dennis Eaton brought the Dons to 12-9 entering the fourth period.

With 2:08 left to play, Frisby finished off a nine-play, 59-yard drive with an 11-yard scoring pass to Brett Mastropieri that was followed by Eaton's extra point kick.

"We don't have fancy trick plays; we just beat you straight up, with our toughness and our heart," said Price, whose grandfather's name graces Loyola's field. "It was a huge win for me, emotionally, but we did it for Coach Brune."

Wooden rushed for a touchdown and threw another to All-Metro Napoleon Sykes for Gilman (4-4 overall, 2-1 league), which had won 21 of its past 22 games against Baltimore area teams. That includes a 10-game winning streak against A Conference teams.

"Their quarterback broke a lot of tackles," said Gilman coach Biff Poggi. "They played really hard. They beat us on the line of scrimmage. They were more physical. They stuffed us. They just outplayed us."

Gilman lost All-Metro running back Malcolm Ruff to an ankle injury in the third period.

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