Gibbons turns tables on St. Mary's, 21-7

Inexperienced Crusaders equal best start at 6-0

Football

High Schools

October 11, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

The Cardinal Gibbons football program is youthful in many ways.

Not only is first-year coach Donald Davis only 25, but when senior quarterback Bobby Mallory isn't in the game, the Crusaders' offensive skill-position players are three sophomores and three juniors.

Yet the young Crusaders showed last night's overflow homecoming crowd of more than 1,600 that they indeed are ready for prime time, coming from behind to defeat visiting St. Mary's, 21-7, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference opener for both teams.

The win avenged last season's 48-6 loss to last year's tri-champion Saints (3-3, 0-1), raising the Crusaders to 1-0 in league play and 6-0 overall. The six wins without a loss ties the record set in 1988. No Gibbons football team has ever been 7-0.

"I can't even describe what it feels like to be 6-0. I'm speechless, but it's great," said two-way lineman Joe Galloway, who had three sacks among his seven tackles for lost yardage. Sophomore Lorenzo Dennis and junior Corey Robinson recovered St. Mary's fumbles.

"This team came in here thinking they were going to blow us off the field," said sophomore running back Antwarn Jones, who had a game-high 177 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. "We came out here and proved them wrong."

Down 7-6 at halftime, Robinson (18 carries, 100 yards) capped a 13-play, 84-yard drive with an 8-yard scoring run. The conversion run by Zach Zentz, off a faked extra-point kick, gave the Crusaders a 14-7 lead 3:51 before the final period.

"I knew at the end of the first half that our line was wearing them down," said Davis, crediting Dennis, Galloway, Alex Kuziel, Derek Robinson, Terris King and Vinnie Fertetta for their blocking. "I thought we could take over the line of scrimmage and we did."

Jones' 12-yard scoring run, followed by Kevin Strickland's extra point kick, ended a 12-play, 70-yard drive with 2:08 to play and sealed the victory.

The Saints led, 7-0 with 2:34 left in the first period, after punter Garrett Stanwick turned a busted, fourth-and-six play into a 56-yard touchdown run and followed that up with the extra point.

But after being stopped on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard line, the Crusaders recovered.

A 72-yard, nine-play drive ended with junior Greg Davis outleaping a defender at St. Mary's 5-yard line for a 30-yard scoring pass from Mallory. The Crusaders made it 7-6 32 seconds before halftime, with Mallory going 5-for-7 for 69 yards in the drive.

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