Price, Gilman gear up, top DeMatha

Senior runs for 139 yards in 2nd half as Greyhounds uphold No. 1 ranking, 22-19

High Schools

Football

September 10, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Sean Price said he "whacked out in the first half and the game was going a lot faster than I could keep up with." Gilman coach Biff Poggi said Price, his senior running back, was "in outer space."

Regardless of how anyone described his first-half performance, there was no controversy about what Price did in the second half.

His running and his team's aggressive defense led host and top-ranked Gilman to a thrilling, 22-19 victory over The Washington Post's No. 2 team, DeMatha, yesterday.

Price, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound Division I prospect with scholarship offers from Duke and Boston College, ran for 139 of his 200 yards (on 29 carries) in the second half and scored two touch- downs and a two-point conversion as the Greyhounds overcame a 12-0 first-half deficit.

The game was a renewal of one of the top high school football rivalries in the state between the perennial Baltimore and Washington area powers. DeMatha won the previous two games. The Stags lead the series 4-3.

"I kind of gave up in the first half and I whacked out in the first half and it seemed like the game was going a lot faster than I could keep up with," Price said.

"A lot of my teammates, coaches and Dr. Howard [William Howard, the team physician] came over and talked to me [at halftime].

"Dr. Howard told me that I was physically OK and mentally OK and that it was just in my head and I needed to slow down, take deep breaths and get it together. And I did."

Indeed, he did.

A 12-yard run by Price set up a 40-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marco Simmons to Shawn Maczka. The latter kicked the extra point to leave Gilman with a 12-7 deficit with 3:36 left in the third period.

DeMatha had scored on runs of 40 and 15 yards by Kenny Tate and Pat Mealy, respectively, in the first and second periods.

"It was a tale of two halves, and our second half was a little better than their first half," said Poggi, who is 3-3 against DeMatha coach Bill McGregor after his team outrushed the Stags, 264-126, yesterday.

"Sean had an awesome second half and I'm really proud of how he came back and played like an absolute warrior in the second half. And our offensive line was outstanding."

Gilman took the lead at 15-12 with 5:18 left in the game on a 17-yard counter play to the outside by Price, who then scored on an inside counter for two points. Price carried eight times for 66 yards on what was an 81-yard drive in 13 plays.

Defensive end Reggie Fugett sacked DeMatha quarterback Chester Stewart on fourth-and-12 at the Stags' 40 with 3:37 remaining to set up the game- clinching score by Price.

Price carried three of four plays down to the 19 and scored on the next play. DeMatha got a touchdown on a pass with 29 seconds left to cap the scoring.

"When I was a freshman, we beat them, 12-3, at Morgan State and went 10-0 that year," Price said. "I want to go out the way I came in."

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