L. Reach's Gilbert makes amends for miss

He hits late field goal to topple Wilde Lake

Football notebook

September 14, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

By halftime of a physical game with Howard County rival Wilde Lake, Ray Gilbert's right knee was bleeding and swollen.

But the pain didn't compare to what the Long Reach quarterback/kicker experienced last year after missing an extra point in the fourth overtime of a one-point loss to River Hill.

"My team was crushed. I felt like I let them down," Gilbert recalled. "I told myself I'd never let something like that happen again."

So with less than two minutes left in Saturday's game, the junior gritted his teeth, kicked the game-winning, 32-yard field goal with 46 seconds left and celebrated a 17-14 victory.

Gilbert's first career field goal completed an afternoon during which he threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Kenny King and tied the game at 14-14 with his second extra point.

"Ray went to a kicking camp and was really confident he could do it," said coach Pete Hughes, whose Lightning trailed 14-7 with four minutes to play. "He was the hero of the game."

Long Reach is 2-0 in the league and overall; Wilde Lake is 1-1 in both.

Dons do it

If there's a team with more heart, Loyola coach Brian Abbott wants to see it.

On Saturday, his Dons (2-0) earned a 21-14 victory against visiting Landon (0-1) of Montgomery County, overcoming a 14-3 second-quarter deficit.

The victory came against a team ranked No. 14 in the Washington area, and one that was touted to be superior to the Bears' squad that defeated Loyola last season.

"For our young guys to put it together and to beat a senior-laden team like Landon, I can't say enough about them," said Abbott, whose defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champions rose to No. 1 in The Sun this week. "I still think we have a long way to go to defend our title, but we're improving each day."

Injuries and inexperience had Abbott still finalizing his lineup on Thursday. All-Metro quarterback/strong safety Brady Smith was questionable, having been injured in the season-opening win against Laurel of Prince George's County. Junior defensive back Van Brooks played while still recovering from a broken left hand. And a number of reserves, such as quarterback Mike Kemp, were called upon despite being untested in a big game.

Kemp went 4-for-4 for 105 yards, including a momentum-changing 71-yard touchdown to Bobby Lennon; Brendan Small kicked field goals of 25 and 26 yards; and Brooks led the defense.

"Having Van on the field brings our defense to another level," Abbott said. "We only gave up 1 yard in the second half."

Junior Casey Creaney typified Loyola's effort. He fumbled a return to set up Landon's initial touchdown, but he later made an interception that set up a Loyola score and delivered a hit that resulted in a safety for the Dons.

Nights under the lights

Eight Baltimore City football teams will play in doubleheaders under the lights at Morgan State University later this month and early next month.

On Sept. 24, Poly meets Walbrook at 6, followed by City College against Forest Park at 8.

On Oct. 8, Patterson takes on City at 6, and Edmondson faces Dunbar at 8.

Tickets can be purchased at the participating schools for $5 or for $10 at the gate.

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