McDonogh finds feet against Mt. St. Joe

After 0-4 start, Eagles get a win the hard way with 14-7 upset of Gaels

High Schools

Football notebook

October 14, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Heading into Saturday's game against eighth-ranked Mount St. Joseph, the unranked McDonogh Eagles - ranked No. 3 in the preseason - had struggled through an 0-4 start that included shutout losses to Severn, Loyola and Calvert Hall.

It was the Eagles' worst start since going 0-8 in 1995, the second season for ninth-year coach Dom Damico.

That skid ended Saturday with McDonogh's come-from-behind, 14-7 upset of the visiting Gaels (3-4, 0-3) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

"We started getting confidence a little bit every week, and today we finally came together enough to win," said Damico, whose team had scored only 14 points entering the game. "It's tough when you're 0-4, but the kids practiced really hard this week. It's the first time we actually did in the game what we had practiced."

Senior Travis Holmes rushed for a touchown and had eight tackles as a linebacker. Trevor Williams threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Justin Drummond. Tony Lott had a conversion run.

Bryne Holmes, Travis' freshman brother, helped limit All-Metro running back/receiver Keon Lattimore to one touchdown - on a 75-yard run in the first quarter.

Sam Coe had an interception against second-team All-Metro quarterback Nick Tanis, who was often hurried by 6-foot-5, 230-pound lineman Cameron Goldberg and 6-5, 200-pound Brandon Etheridge.

The effort came against a team that had averaged more than 30 points a game, and one that only two weeks ago succumbed by just 48-45 to No. 1 Gilman, a team ranked No. 17 nationally by USA Today.

Ganascioli `a gamer'

When the game's on the line, Glenelg coach John Davis knows he can count on running back/linebacker Kevin Ganascioli.

The 6-2, 200-pound senior is the No. 1 tackler for the seventh-ranked Gladators (6-0) and also has on defense two sacks, a blocked punt and a blocked extra-point kick. He's also their top rusher with 647 yards.

In Saturday's come-from-behind, 18-14 Howard County League victory over visiting Long Reach, Ganascioli was at his big-game best.

Long Reach led 14-12 in the fourth quarter and had the ball on Glenelg's 28-yard line when Ganascioli made the key tackle to stop the Lightning on fourth-and-three. He later scored the game-winning, 6-yard touchdown - his seventh of the year - with 3:44 left to play.

"On those plays, he came up big, giving us the momentum," Davis said. "When the game's on the line, he'll come up big. He's a gamer."

Mustangs down

With an 0-6 record, C. Milton Wright is off to its worst start in the 17-year tenure of coach Steve Harward, who has won eight Harford County titles.

The Mustangs were 14-0 losers to North Harford on Friday.

In consecutive weeks, the Mustangs have lost to league-leading Aberdeen, 27-24, in overtime, and to Edgewood, 14-13.

Hawks rebounding?

After an 0-3 start, four-time defending state champion Urbana (3-3) has hammered its past three opponents by a combined 116-19. The Hawks' most recent victory was Friday night's 39-0 rout of Liberty.

Urbana's state public school-record winning streak ended at 50 games with a season-opening, 41-6 loss to Gilman, and the team later was beaten by Loyola, 21-11, and by Park View of Virginia, 21-14.

But the program still has not lost to a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association team since a season-ending, 21-3 loss to Linganore in 1997.

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