Gilman ends DeMatha's 22-game winning streak

Greyhounds stifle state's top-ranked team, 12-3

Football

High Schools

August 31, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

They did it by moving around their best two players, defensive end Victor Abiamiri and quarterback Ambrose Wooden. They did it with a no-name offensive backfield, and an equally inexperienced defensive one. And they did it with two field goals from a soccer player turned kicker.

Gilman took a 12-point halftime lead en route to shutting down DeMatha of Hyattsville, 12-3, ending a 22-game winning streak for a team that is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Associated Press and No. 22 nationally by USA Today. The victory last night at Morgan State University's Hughes Stadium avenged a 16-0 loss of a year ago, and evened the series record at 2-2 in the season opener for each team.

"Our saying is 57 guys working together, loving each other, can't be beat," said Wooden, a senior who rushed for 78 yards and was 10-for-16 passing for 91 yards, mostly to Anthony Triplin (eight receptions for 81 yards). "There are 25 seniors on this team, and a lot of us have been together since eighth grade. We were able to mix it up and pound the ball right at them."

The Greyhounds' 6-foot-5 defensive ends, Abiamiri and Luke Wilson, had 4 1/2 and 3 1/2 sacks, respectively, and helped stop two first-period scoring drives deep in Gilman territory, as the Greyhounds built a 12-0 halftime lead. Wilson also had a second-period interception that set up the second field goal by senior Z. Ross Fragapane.

Wooden, whose 13-yard option run made it 9-0 in the second quarter, credited Louis Young, Drum Rice, Luke Poggi and Tap Kolkin for their blocking. Behind them, Gilman junior Jerry Jones, who played sparingly last season, rushed for 64 yards.

When Wooden wasn't playing quarterback, he was kicking off, returning kicks, playing defensive back, running back or wide receiver.

Gilman led 3-0 with 5:57 left in the first period after Fragapane's field goal from 38 yards capped a 12-play, 55-yard drive in which Gilman converted on two fourth downs. Fragapane, a soccer player who approached head coach Biff Poggi 10 days ago about being the kicker, later gave the Greyhounds a 12-0 lead with a 25-yarder with 2.5 seconds left in the first half.

DeMatha scored with 4:37 left in the third period as Patrick Fisher kicked a 35-yard field goal. The Stags had driven to Gilman's 18 only to be thwarted by Nate Hummel's tackle for lost yardage, Abiamiri's sack and Gentry Fitzpatrick's pass breakup.

DeMatha quarterback Ryan Mitch was sacked seven times and was only 12-for-20 for 147 yards. DeMatha gained only 42 yards on the ground.

"I can't take credit for this all by myself," said Abiamiri, who alternated between linebacker and defensive end. "We worked hard for this, and in the end, it was the team, every one of us, who won this game."

DeMatha 0 0 3 0 - 3

Gilman 3 9 0 0 - 12

G-Fragapane 38 FG G-Wooden 13 run (kick failed) G-Fragapane 25 FG D-Fischer 35 FG

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