Noble carries Franklin

Perry Hall's run of 20 straight county wins ends in OT

Franklin 37 Perry Hall 36

Football

October 08, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Scott Noble's 6-yard touchdown run and Josh Gibson's two-point conversion pass to Jeromie Miller lifted host Franklin to a 37-36 upset of No. 12 Perry Hall, ending the Gators' run of 20 consecutive wins over Baltimore County rivals.

In a county Class 4A-3A game played under sloppy conditions and an intermittent rain, Noble finished with 202 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. He also had a team-high 12 tackles and an interception as a linebacker for the unranked Indians (5-0, 4-0), whose 5-5 record of a year ago included a blown lead in a 13-12 loss at Perry Hall.

"After scoring my last touchdown, I know they were expecting me to get the ball [on the conversion attempt], but [assistant coach Ryan Hain] made a great call to pass the ball to Miller, which they weren't expecting," said Noble, a 6-foot, 200-pound senior. "This is a team that's going to play four hard quarters of football, that will do whatever it takes to win - not the old Franklin team that used to fold."

Said Gibson: "I remember we were 4-1 coming into last year's game, but we folded in the end and kind of for the rest of the season. Losing that game was the worst feeling in the world. But we're a different team this year, and today, we showed it."

The Indians, who led the Gators (4-1, 3-1) by as many as 15 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth, overcame a comeback led by senior Jason Mattison (238 passing yards), who ran for three touchdowns and passed for one.

Mattison, who threw a 19-yard scoring pass to Sean McColligan in the first quarter, rushed for two 1-yard touchdowns in the Gators' 22-point fourth quarter, the second of which tied the score at 29 with 55 seconds left in regulation.

He later gave Perry Hall its first lead, 36-29, with his 1-yard score in overtime.

"We felt like we could come back and win if our hearts were in it," said Mattison, whose kicker, Blake Rowan, converted four extra points. "We played our hearts out in an intense, hard-fought game, [but] just didn't come out on top."

Mattison's counterpart, Gibson, kicked three extra points and threw for 87 yards and a third-quarter 19-yard scoring pass to Miller.

Franklin's Daniel Zunikoff recovered two fumbles, one of which set up the Indians' first touchdown. Morgan Hankin's fumble recovery set up Noble's 66-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave the Indians a 15-7 halftime lead.

The Indians' Rashad Blackwell and Chris McIntosh each made interceptions, the latter leading to Gibson's 19-yard touchdown pass to Miller for a 22-7 lead at 8:20 of the third quarter.

"Coach [Anthony Burgos] told us [Mattison] could be the best we see," said McIntosh, a senior. "We wanted to get our hands up, defend the pass, and, fortunately, we adapted enough to pull through."

The Gators were within 22-15 after a 3-yard run by Tarrin Lilly (95 yards) and Mattison's conversion pass to Dave Stinebaugh with 11:54 left in regulation, but Noble's 23-yard touchdown run with 10:20 left stretched Franklin's lead to 29-15.

Mattison's top receiver was Ryan Pattillo (two receptions, 114 yards).

Franklin's Phil Arum, Ronald Greene, Eric Kagan and Jamal Jones combined for 35 tackles.

No. 4 Gilman 19, Mount St. Joseph 15 -- John Pagliaro scored his second touchdown of the game on a 7-yard run to put the visiting Greyhounds (2-2) ahead for good. Pagliaro ran 30 times for 224 of Gilman's 298 rushing yards. Jacob Bohn scored both touchdowns for the Gaels (1-5).

St. Vincent Pallotti 37, Lutheran 0 -- Senior running back Kyle Moore ran for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries and also threw a touchdown pass as the visiting Panthers (2-4) shut out the Saints (0-6). lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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