Gillyard feels right at home as Loyola wins at Curley

Senior runs for 203 yards, 4 touchdowns in 28-14 win

Football

High Schools

October 26, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Upset-minded Archbishop Curley had hoped to show off its three-man running attack to the homecoming crowd, but visiting Loyola's Chris Gillyard stole the show.

Before more than 1,500 fans, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Gillyard rushed for a career-high 203 yards and four touchdowns yesterday in carrying No. 9 Loyola to a 28-14 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association game.

Gillyard scored the game's first two touchdowns on dives of 1 and 2 yards to give the MIAA A Conference Dons (5-3) a 14-0 second-quarter lead. He then broke tackles at the line of scrimmage before using his speed -- 40 yards in 4.5 seconds -- to sprint away from the B Conference Friars (6-2) for scores of 47 and 16 yards in the second half.

Gillyard had all five carries in Loyola's final scoring drive, which covered 65 yards. And as a cornerback, the senior made a touchdown-preventing tackle of Rob Daniels on Curley's final drive.

"I sprained my ankle against Urbana, and had been running tentatively until last week against Gilman," said Gillyard, who ran for 140 yards in a 14-0 victory over the 10th-ranked Greyhounds Oct. 18. "Today, I felt 100 percent for the first time in three weeks."

It showed in Gillyard's 27-carry effort, which he called "my best performance ever." It came against a Curley defensive front four that averaged almost 333 pounds.

Behind Curley offensive linemen Adam Adshire, Rick Plona, Chris Moneymaker, Brad Liswell, Steve Getz, Brandon Johnson and Jon Petit, whose average size is 6-1, 252 pounds, the Friars had used their double-wing offense effectively in three straight wins.

Friars running backs Glen Williams, Josh Tracey and Allen Fadiora had entered the game with a combined 2,148 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns. The trio totaled 189 of Curley's 339 rushing yards yesterday, but were kept out of the end zone by defenders such as Gillyard, Alex Thompson, Jake Quigg, Dan Wykowski, Ted Melanson, Van Brooks and Dan Protzman.

"We worked against the run all week," Gillyard said. "Our focus was on stopping their fullback [Tracey], and the hard work paid off."

Curley's scoring was left to Daniels (93 yards). His 33-yard run capped a five-play, 62-yard drive that brought the Friars within 14-7 at halftime. And his 15-yarder ended an eight-play, 71-yard drive to bring Curley within 21-14 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

St. Joseph Prep (Pa.) 14, No. 10 Gilman 0: The winning streak of USA Today's sixth-ranked St. Joseph Prep (9-0) rose to 32 games, even though Gilman (3-4) became only the second team during the streak to hold the team below 35 points.

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