Top-ranked Gilman gets past Loyola for 34-21 victory

Wooden paces offense

Greyhounds move to 7-0

Football

High Schools

October 13, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

On most days, Gilman's Victor Abiamiri harasses quarterbacks. But yesterday against Loyola, the All-Metro 6-foot-5, 245-pounder worked harder than usual.

He and Luke Wilson, Gilman's 6-foot-5 defensive ends, combined for one sack against Loyola linemen Conwell Ottenritter, Scott Vane, Dan Wykowski, Hugh Miller, Chris Bianco, Kevin Morris, Doug Holmes and Chris Naylor.

Yet, the top-ranked Greyhounds, ranked No. 17 nationally by USA Today, overcame a determined Dons squad, 34-21, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game before nearly 3,000 homecoming fans at Gilman.

"They had an excellent game plan and made us step up our intensity to match theirs," Abiamiri said. "It was a tough game. I hope they're as proud of their boys as we are of ours."

Ambrose Wooden rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns and completed six of eight passes for 94 yards and two more scores as Gilman improved to 7-0 overall (2-0 league) heading into next week's matchup at No. 3 Calvert Hall (6-0, 2-0).

"I think you'll see thousands of people there," said Wooden. "Calvert Hall's a great team. It'll be a great game."

Wooden scored two minutes into the game, breaking two tackles and racing 66 yards for a 7-0 lead. Gilman's next possession covered 44 yards in six plays before Wooden's 14-yard run made it 14-0 late in the first period.

But Loyola's Paul Quayle (12 tackles) returned an interception 28 yards to Gilman's 3-yard line, setting up Terrence Morin's 3-yard touchdown run and the first of Dennis Eaton's three extra-point kicks.

Loyola's bench came alive, but Grant Zimmerman's 91-yard kickoff return silenced it, making the score 20-7.

"They had momentum, but that shut it down," Zimmerman said. "Billy Knight, Marlon White, the entire wedge blocked perfectly."

Loyola (3-3, 1-1) was within 20-14, however, as Brady Smith (6-for-11, 91 yards) ended a 14-play, 80-yard drive with an 11-yard scoring pass to Ryan Merritt. Smith (6-2, 225) sustained the march by recovering a fumbled snap, getting up from Abiamiri's 13-yard sack and making a 30-yard pass to Drew Sraver on fourth-and-17.

Gilman answered with a six-play, 67-yard drive during which Anthony Triplin had catches of 27, 19 and 11 yards - the last making it 26-14 four seconds before halftime.

After a third-quarter interception by Gentry Fitzpatrick, who also kicked two extra points, Gilman had the ball at its own 45. Eight plays later, Triplin (five receptions, 84 yards) caught another 15-yard pass for a 34-14 lead with 3:04 left in the third period.

"In certain formations, they played deep in the secondary," Triplin said. "I would sit, then drift to the open side of the field."

A 3-yard run by Morin (94 yards) made it 34-21 with 11:16 to play, but the Dons got no closer.

Ted Melanson had a team-high 15 tackles. Vane, Steve Plantholt and Larry Strickland had sacks.

"Our kids played hard, didn't take a backward step," said first-year coach Brian Abbott. "This is a game we can build upon."

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