Gilman takes `A' title

No. 1 Greyhounds use defense to blank rival McDonogh, 28-0


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Gilman's Will Shikani said he averaged "about five downs a game" as a reserve defensive lineman last fall, while defensive back Kevin Doyle "got into four games, if that many."

The two seniors completed their first year as starters in yesterday's 28-0 rout of host and No. 2 McDonogh, leading the No. 1 Greyhounds to their seventh Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title in coach Biff Poggi's ninth season.

Shikani returned an interception 3 yards for a touchdown and had two sacks, and Doyle grabbed his seventh and eighth interceptions of the year.

Barney Ehrmann and David Jablonski had two sacks each, Brian Carroll had another and Kevin Carroll and Andrew Blomquist each had an interception for the Greyhounds (9-0, 6-0), who are ranked No. 21 by USA Today.

"We're a suffocating defense and we really wanted to take it to them, so we came out fast and fired up," said Shikani, whose team took a 54-31-5 lead in the 90-year series between Gilman and McDonogh. "We wanted another shutout and we got it done."

Gilman has outscored its past six opponents by a combined 158-7, with five shutouts. Gilman has allowed 21 points in six league games.

McDonogh (6-3, 4-2) did not cross midfield on six possessions in the first half, after which it trailed 21-0. McDonogh's Bryn Holmes rushed for 21 yards and quarterback Tim Brandau (110 passing yards) was sacked six times.

The Greyhounds' offense, meanwhile, totaled 348 of their 375 yards on the ground, mostly from second-team All-Metro players Sean Price (168 yards, 18 carries) and Ben Eaton (69 yards, three carries).

Price had scoring runs of 10 and 73 yards in the first half, and a 1-yarder by quarterback Marco Simmons ended a five-play, 80-yard third-quarter drive that included Eaton's 59-yard run. Teddy Ingalls made four extra-point attempts.

"They were blocking our best players and there was nothing we could do about it," McDonogh coach Dom Damico said. "They had [Price] running up the gut every single time and we couldn't stop him."

Price credited his offensive line of Ehrmann, Brian Carroll, Reggie Fugett, Ned Lundvall, Jeffrey Hardy, Adam Kovars and Bobby Davis.

The Greyhounds won their first three games by a combined 12 points, including two in overtime.

St. Joseph Prep of Philadelphia and DeMatha of Hyattsville were ranked No. 12 and 20 nationally by USA Today before losing by identical scores of 22-19 to Gilman, which won its third game, 20-14, in overtime over Washington-area power Georgetown Prep.

"I'm glad I'm a part of this, that [defensive backs coach Keith] Kormanik believed in me," Doyle said. "We knew if we played together, nobody would beat us."

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