Eagles, Jorgensen drive by Gaels

McDonogh 20 Mount St. Joseph 7

September 23, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Jared Jorgensen directed a crucial 50-yard touchdown drive in the final period as No. 6 McDonogh defeated visiting Mount St. Joseph, 20-7, in Owings Mills yesterday.

On the other side of the ball, defensive lineman Jordan Daven- port, who is 6 feet 1 and 250 pounds, anchored a defense that bent a little, but didn't break.

Davenport recovered two fumbles in the first half and was in on two sacks. Defensive back Andrew Feinberg had an interception and returned a punt 31 yards for a touchdown after Bryan Ellis had scored on an 11-yard run in the second quarter for the Eagles (2-1).

It was the first Maryland Inter- scholastic Athletic Association A Conference game for both teams.

Jorgensen, who is a first-year starter at quarterback as a senior, marched the Eagles 50 yards in 10 plays, capping the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Robby Ford with 4:51 left in the game.

"I knew we had to score right there and get the momentum back because they had just scored," said Jorgensen, referring to Mount St. Joseph's third-period score on a 4-yard run by Jake Bohn that cut McDonogh's lead to 14-7. "We used three-step passes to take us down [to the end zone]."

The left-handed Jorgensen completed all six passes he threw on the drive. There was a 15-yard penalty and a minus-yardage play along the way, but Jorgensen converted twice on third down.

The first third-down conversion was a third-and-nine pass for 9 yards to Ford, who caught four passes for 43 yards on the march. Then, on a third-and-one at the Gaels' 16, the Eagles quarterback sprinted to his right and leaped over would-be tacklers to go out at the 14 for a first down.

On the next play, he made a nifty fake and floated the ball to Ford in the right corner of the end zone.

"Watching film on them, we thought their quarterback was their best player," said Chip Armstrong, the second-year coach of the Gaels (1-3). "He had an exceptional game against us and was very accurate."

Bohn, Jared Ricks and Bo Spencer ran the ball hard for Mount St. Joseph, but couldn't score until the third period.

"I thought we shot ourselves in the foot a few times and didn't start playing until the second half," Armstrong said.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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