Two minutes and turnovers were what separated Gilman from Loyola in the Greyhounds' 14-0 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game yesterday at Loyola.
After more than 22 minutes of hard-fought, scoreless football, Gilman (7-0 overall, 5-0 league) scored twice in the final 1:54 of the first half. From there, the legs of Sean Price (33 carries, 158 yards) carried Gilman, and its opportunistic defense, led by 6-foot-6 defensive ends Barney Ehrmann and Reggie Fugett, did the rest.
Ehrmann had an interception, a sack and a pass deflection, Fugett deflected two passes, and Makura Compton, Kevin Carroll and John Pagliaro recovered fumbles.
"It seemed [Loyola] kept chopping and chopping [offensively], but we were able to be in the right place at the right time," said Fugett, whose team is aiming for its seventh league title in nine seasons under coach Biff Poggi.
Kevin Doyle also intercepted Loyola's Joe Lennon, who passed for 100 yards and had all but 20 of the Dons' 143 rushing yards. Loyola's Aaron Slaughter and Casey Creaney had interceptions.
"Whenever [Lennon] saw the lanes, he was able to run all over us," Ehrmann said. "But we set a goal before the game of forcing four turnovers, and we forced five. We dug deep and pulled it out."
Gilman led 7-0 after Price's 4-yard scoring run, which followed a 37-yard pass from Marco Simmons (3-for-6, 83 yards) to Shawn Maczka. It was 14-0 after Simmons' 31-yard scoring pass to Brian Carroll, who eluded three defenders along the sideline over the last 9 yards before diving into the end zone.
Kevin Carroll's fumble recovery at Loyola's 41-yard line set up Price's score. And Carroll's twin brother, Brian, crossed the goal line 10 seconds before halftime, ending a 44-second, four-play, 60-yard drive. Teddy Ingalls kicked both extra points.
The best scoring chance for Loyola (2-2, 6-2) came late in the third quarter. But after covering 74 yards in 13 plays, the Dons lost a fumble at the Gilman 6.
"Our offense had chances to get back in the game," Lennon said. "But we didn't make the plays we needed to."