Gilman's Price eyes Penn State

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October 26, 2005|By LEM SATTERFIELD | LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER

After visiting Penn State earlier this month alongside Mount Hebron's Aaron Maybin, who orally committed to the Nittany Lions last week, Gilman running back Sean Price said recently that he is leaning toward doing the same.

"I would definitely say that Penn State is my No. 1 choice. Notre Dame is my No. 2," said Price, 18, a durable 6-foot-2, 205-pound player. "From what I understand, Penn State is as interested in me as I am in them."

Gilman coach Biff Poggi, whose assistant, Keith Kormanik, is handling the recruiting of Price, said Notre Dame, Boston College, Syracuse, Duke, Iowa and North Carolina have offered Price scholarships. Price said Kormanik told him that Penn State coach Joe Paterno "is leaning toward offering me a scholarship."

Price met Paterno with Maybin, a 6-4, 230-pound linebacker-defensive end, during a visit to the campus Oct. 8, the day the Nittany Lions defeated Ohio State, 17-10.

"Coach Paterno spoke to all of us [recruits] in general. He told us it's a program on the rise, and that we'd have the opportunity to do something great," Price said. "They have a family atmosphere, support from fans and the community - almost exactly like they do at Gilman."

Price is having a banner year for the Greyhounds (6-0), who are ranked No. 1 in The Sun and in a state poll conducted by members of the Maryland media, as well as No. 22 nationally by USA Today.

Price rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in his last game Oct. 14 - a 35-7 rout of Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Calvert Hall.

Earlier this season, Price topped the 200-yard rushing mark over consecutive weekends in come-from-behind, 22-19 victories over nationally ranked St. Joseph Prep of Philadelphia and DeMatha of Hyattsville in Prince George's County. St. Joseph Prep was ranked No. 12 nationally and DeMatha was No. 20 at the time of the games.

Against St. Joseph Prep on Sept. 17, Price carried 29 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns, including 150 yards in the second half. Price secured the win over St. Joseph Prep in overtime by catching a 10-yard scoring pass from quarterback Marco Simmons.

On Sept. 10 against DeMatha, Price carried 29 times for 200 of the Greyhounds' 264 yards and two scores, also contributing a two-point conversion run.

12 lucky for Friends

The number 12 was extremely significant for three reasons during Friends' boys soccer victory over league rival Boys' Latin on Friday.

Not only did senior midfielder Maxx Davis head in his 12th goal of the year in the 12th minute, but it stood for a 1-0, MIAA B Conference Division II win that extended the unbeaten streak for the Quakers (11-1-1) to 12 games.

Senior goalkeeper Pat Sissman made two dynamic saves down the stretch to preserve his seventh shutout. Sissman has benefited from the presence of fourth-year starting senior Eric Dang and freshman Ryan DeSmit, part of a defense that has allowed only nine goals.

Offensively, Davis leads a group that has scored 33 goals and includes senior Simon Penning (seven goals, two assists) and senior Jake Mendelson (six goals, one assist).

The Quakers were 6-3-5 last season, when they scored only 17 goals. This year's squad has 22 assists, a testament to the team's communication skills, according to coach Doug DeSmit.

"Nine contributing seniors are the reason we're doing so well this year, and the leaders of last year's JV championship team joined the varsity veterans this year," DeSmit said.

"It is a cohesive group that loves competition. Each player has a high expectation of himself," De- Smit added. "We have a tenacious defense and a team of players who can possess the ball. It's a wonderful experience as a coach to have experience at every position."

DeSmit said Davis, who has six assists, is "our highest caliber player and is fun to watch."

"He's everywhere on the field," DeSmit said. "Maxx is experienced and has played in tournaments nationally and internationally. He is every bit one of the most talented players I have ever coached."

Digital Harbor watch

Digital Harbor football coach Lonnie Hartley wasn't exactly overjoyed after his Rams, of Baltimore City's Division II, were routed, 46-8, Thursday by Edmondson of Division I.

But he wasn't exactly dejected, either.

"I just emphasized three things with the kids: Be sharper, visualize and execute," Hartley said. "If we do that, we can still make the playoffs."

Despite their 3-4 record, the Rams are in the chase for one of the top four Class 1A South regional berths, trailing only Poolesville of Montgomery County and defending state champion Dunbar and Forest Park, each of whom play in the city's Division I.

Losses last week by Division II rivals Samuel Banks and Reginald F. Lewis left those teams behind Digital Harbor, which is fourth in the race for a final berth.

Hartley wants the postseason berth not only for players such as quarterback Herbert Hopkins, one of his eight senior starters, but also for the host of talented underclassmen who stand to benefit from the experience.

There are linebacker-running backs Ryan Peacock and Charles Miller, two of the Rams' 10 juniors who should return to next year's squad as more seasoned players.

And there are sophomores such as receiver Brandon Armstrong and quarterback-running back James Henson, as well as freshman two-way lineman Jim Parker.

The Rams' defense, anchored by senior two-way lineman Kristopher White, has registered shutouts of Southside and Southwestern.

"We set a goal at the beginning of the season to reach the playoffs, and we know that we still have an excellent shot," said Hartley, whose Rams visit Division I rival Northwestern (3-4) on Friday. "Making the playoffs would be an excellent accomplishment for our kids, and we're going for it."

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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