Gilman gets closer, but DeMatha avoids upset with 12-9 victory

Berrys lead Bel Air romp

Patterson tops Poly, 28-20

Football

High Schools

September 11, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Gilman's eight-point loss to DeMatha one year ago was the closest any team came to beating the Stags all season. Last night, the No. 5 Greyhounds came even closer but still fell short to the top-ranked team in the Washington area, 12-9, at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.

"It was a great high school football game," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said. "It's become a premier rivalry game in the state of Maryland, and I am really proud of our kids. We don't have to play them, but our kids want to play them."

Senior Luke Bell had been perfect all night for Gilman, connecting on his first three field goal attempts of the game, but his only miss, a 51-yarder with 10 minutes left for a chance to tie the game, is what he'll probably remember.

Still, Gilman had one final chance to pull off the upset, getting the ball back with two minutes to go. But a pass by Marco Simmons was intercepted by Kendric Hawkins with less than a minute left, dashing the Greyhounds` hopes.

Jeff Allen's 137 yards and two touchdown runs led the way for DeMatha.

No. 9 Bel Air 48, John Carroll 6: Andrew Berry threw three touchdown passes, and Mike Gable ran for three scores as the host Bobcats posted 34 unanswered points in beating the neighborhood rival Patriots.

Berry threw touchdown passes of 29 and 15 yards to his brother Adam plus a 38-yard scoring toss to Willie Bell. He completed six of 11 for 126 yards and also ran for 71 yards.

Gable ran for 119 yards, 93 of which came on a fourth-quarter touchdown. He also had touchdown runs of two and seven yards.

Bel Air (2-0) broke the game open by scoring touchdowns on four consecutive plays starting in the second quarter. The Bobcats had a 7-0 lead after Gable scored on his 2-yard run before John Carroll (0-2) got its lone touchdown on Bryan Wolfe's 15-yard pass to Pat Casey.

Kevin Fisher then broke free on the ensuing kickoff for an 84-yard touchdown and a 21-6 halftime lead. Berry then threw his scoring pass to Bell on Bel Air's next play. He added a touchdown pass to his brother on the play after that.

The Bobcats scored touchdowns on six of their final 11 plays, including the kickoff return.

"I just think we've got a lot of weapons," Bel Air coach Bruce Riley said.

Patterson 28, Poly 20: Junior tailback Dorian Bostic led the Clippers (2-0) past the host Engineers with six carries for 151 yards and one touchdown. He had an 80-yard rush in the fourth quarter to set up Andrew Lessaine's 5-yard touchdown to secure the victory. Lessaine highlighted the Clippers' defense from his free safety position with three tackles and an interception.

Matt Papuchis and Jeff Seidel contributed to this article.

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