Jorgensen provides lift to McDonogh

McDonogh 26 St. Paul's 7


October 14, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

As an underclassman working behind then-senior Tim Brandau last season, McDonogh quarterback Jared Jorgensen said he "couldn't wait" for his turn to be a starter.

In yesterday's 26-7 rout of visiting St. Paul's (5-2), Jorgensen played the starring role.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior paced the eighth-ranked Eagles (4-2), going 17-for-28 for 247 yards, mostly to sophomore Curtis Holmes (five receptions, 85 yards, one touchdown) and seniors Robby Ford (five receptions, 64 yards) and Andrew Feinberg (three receptions, 63 yards).

"Our receivers are not going to stand out, outmuscle you or run right by you, but they've been able to catch the ball, they do a good job with possession and they've got a little shiftiness in them," Jorgensen said. "Our offense is simply moving down the field, not necessarily with the big play. And as a senior, being able to air it out has been really fun. You see things much better."

Against a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference team coming off a 13-0 victory over previously unbeaten St. Mary's for its third shutout, the Eagles of the A Conference totaled 484 yards of offense to rebound from a 13-6 loss to Episcopal of Philadelphia.

Freshman Bryan Ellis (164 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and junior Andrew Hood (71, one) continually found openings, thanks primarily to an offensive line of Nick Schenk, Sam Greenberg, Tom Hood, David Klein, Lane Clelland and Tyler Goldberg.

Goldberg also recovered a fumble and had two pass breakups, Ford had a sack, and Holmes had an interception for a defense which allowed only Brian Taaffe's 80-yard touchdown pass to Tim Adams that made it 20-7 with 8:48 remaining.

McDonogh led at halftime 14-0, thanks to Ellis' first-half scores. McDonogh made it 20-0 on Jorgensen's 34-yard pass to Holmes, who converted two extra-point kicks. Hood scored from 1 yard out for the final margin with 3:46 to play, as the Eagles tuned up for next Saturday's A Conference matchup with No. 1 Loyola (6-0), which lost to McDonogh last season.

Yesterday's game marked the return after a one-game absence of Holmes, who escaped unscathed from a car accident last week during which his 1996 Mustang hydroplaned in the rain and flipped upside down just a few hours before he was scheduled to join his teammates on the bus ride to Pennsylvania.

"It brought me back down to the reality that you're not invincible," Holmes said. "Once you see your life flash before your eyes, you see things in perspective."

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