No. 1 Dons use depth, not dazzle, in 6-0 run

Loyola football on pace for record-setting year

Notebook

October 18, 2006|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporters

Coach Brian Abbott said he has "no superstars" on his Loyola football squad.

But with five games remaining, his No. 1 Dons (6-0 overall, 1-0 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) are on track to win their first league title since 2003 and have a shot to tie or surpass the school's single-season victory total established at 10-1 in 2004.

The Dons, who have won five games by 13 points or less, are led by sophomore quarterback Leon Kinnard, who has rushed for four touchdowns, completed 60 percent of his passes and thrown for five touchdowns to a receiving corps of Devin Gordon, Omari Mobley and Tim Donovan.

Senior Kory Kapinos and sophomore Terence Garvin have combined for 602 rushing yards and five touchdowns behind an offensive line comprised of seniors Alex Boddiford and Mike Lugat, and juniors Will Sellmayer, Kyle Stupi and Ivan Eames, whose average size is 6 feet 2 and 248 pounds.

Defensively, senior Emmit Kellar, juniors Bubba Harris and Tim Bolte, and sophomore Matt Heacock form a solid group at linebacker; senior defensive backs Jared Gangler and Mike Horne have combined for four interceptions; and Boddiford and senior Ryan Klein spark the line.

Loyola hosts McDonogh on Saturday at noon and visits Gilman on Oct. 28.

Lions take charge

A year ago, Dulaney's field hockey team ended up missing the Baltimore County championship on a tiebreaker.

The Lions, tied with Hereford and Towson at the top of the county's Heron Division standings, had played one fewer game overall than the others. That cost them in the tiebreaker.

This year, the Lions decided to put their fate on their own sticks.

"They don't talk much about it," Dulaney coach Karen (Casperite) Masoner said, "but I hear the seniors say, `We need a chance to go to county championship.' They feel they were robbed last year and they wanted to show everybody this year that their play is worthy of being at the county championship game."

The No. 9 Lions certainly did that when they edged No. 14 Hereford on Kate Horsman's overtime goal three weeks ago. Friday, they tied Towson, 0-0, thanks in part to strong defense from Holly Batton, Kristen Horsman, and goalie Jenny Winders, who saved a penalty stroke in the second overtime.

"We knew beating Hereford was the biggest hurdle," said Masoner, whose team lost to the Bulls last season.

"After [the Hereford] win, we knew we had to play our game. Knowing we tied Towson, it's a great feeling that we got in. It's a relief not to come down to a tie."

The Lions finished their division schedule with a 1-0 win over Loch Raven on Monday. They were 7-0-1 in the division with Hereford second at 7-1. The two will play for the title tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at Towson University.

200 for Petrides

Senior Earl Townes rushed for 214 yards and touchdowns of 36, 60 and 64 yards, and returned a recovered fumble 5 yards for another score as No. 3 City (6-0) registered its fourth shutout, 36-0, Friday night over Patterson for coach George Petrides' 200th career win. Petrides, 57, is 200-109-1 in 32 seasons.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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