Price a multi-tasker in Gilman's 27-7 rout

Junior has 2 TDs, helps coaches against St. Paul's


High Schools

September 24, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Gilman's coaches are known for keeping their eyes on their rivals, but this season, they've also had to keep an eye on one of their own - Sean Price.

That's because when the Greyhounds' junior running back/defensive back isn't taking over a game, there's a chance he might be trying to coach it.

"He'll try to be the head coach, both coordinators, and has, let's just say, a very expansive vocabulary," said Gilman coach Biff Poggi. "He's big, fast, passionate, provides a lot of enthusiasm for the team."

Yesterday's 27-7 interdivisional Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rout at St. Paul's (2-1) provided a good example of that.

After rushing for a game-high 114 yards and scores of 4 and 15 yards for the No. 3 Greyhounds (3-1), the 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior was seen directing teammates from the sideline, so much so that at one point, offensive coordinator Stan White jokingly offered his clipboard to Price.

"I do a lot of talking, I guess, but that's my spirit. That's what keeps my team staying up," said Price, who returned from a two-week absence yesterday after suffering a mild separation in his left shoulder against DeMatha.

"All week long, after missing last week [against Boys' Latin], I couldn't wait to get back on the field," Price said. "I tried to cheer my teammates on, but I came out today to prove myself. The waiting hurt almost as much as the injury."

But it was Price putting a hurt on the Crusaders' defense, along with talented backfield mates David Johnson (69 yards, two touchdowns) and John Pagliaro (90 yards).

Clearing the way for Gilman, which led 21-0 at halftime, were the beefy line corps of Reggie Fugett, Andrew Pyke, Ryan Summers, John Hebb, Justin Wiley and David Jablonski.

Gilman, of the MIAA A Conference, was led on defense by Barney Ehrmann (two sacks), and Ben Eaton and Brian Carroll, with one sack each.

Shawn Maczka and Kevin Carroll each picked off a pass for the Greyhounds, who prevented St. Paul's offensive star, Jason Caldwell, from reaching the end zone for the first time this season.

The Crusaders, last year's MIAA B Conference co-champs, scored with 10.4 seconds left on a pass from J.C. Unitas to Andrew Brown.

"When they key on me, we try to get everybody else to make plays, but they're a great team," said Caldwell, who has scored eight touchdowns. "A lot of us got down, including myself. We've got to come out more focused for our next game against Curley."

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