McDonogh bests Gilman to create `A' Conference tie

QB Jorgensen leads Eagles to 22-16 win



November 12, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

McDonogh quarterback Jared Jorgensen said after a tossing a tipped, game-winning touchdown pass with 2:42 left in the 91st meeting with Gilman that it didn't matter how many chances the host Greyhounds got. He knew it was "destiny" that his Eagles would win.

They did win, 22-16, in front of an overflow crowd of several thousand at Gilman to create a two-way tie for first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Both McDonogh and Gilman have a 4-1 record.

"I can't describe the emotional feeling of going out like this,"' Jorgensen, a left-handed senior, said.

"It's just unreal. It's something I've dreamed of and I've been working all my life for this. It's awesome, love it."

No. 3 Gilman (6-3) will likely finish as tri-champion with the No. 10 Eagles (6-3) and No. 4 Loyola, a 14-7 winner over Georgetown Prep yesterday.

The Dons (9-1, 3-1) have a Thanksgiving Day meeting at 10 a.m. with Calvert Hall (1-7, 0-4) at M & T Bank Stadium in the annual Turkey Bowl.

Yesterday, Jorgensen completed 16 of 26 passes for 196 yards and two touchdown passes. His 18-yard lob into the left corner of the end zone tipped off intended receiver Steven Banks into the hands of Andy Feinberg (six receptions, 86 yards), who was trailing the play.

"Jorgensen is an unbelievable pinpoint passer, and they run such precise routes," said coach Biff Poggi, whose Greyhounds lead the series 54-32-5.

A conversion pass from Jorgensen to Feinberg gave the Eagles a 22-16 lead with less than three minutes to play. Gilman had taken a 16-8 lead on a relentless 80-yard drive in 15 plays to start the second half as Ben Eaton crashed over from the 1.

John Pagliaro, who led all rushers with 141 yards on 23 carries, ran for two points.

Sophomore Bryan Ellis (22-for-76 rushing) scored on an 11-yard draw at the start of the last period, but Max Brown intercepted the two-point con- version pass. The Eagles trailed 16-14 until the tipped six-pointer.

The Greyhounds would get two more chances and throw the ball for the first time all day, but they fumbled the ball away to McDonogh's Tyler Goldberg with 2:01 left.

After the Eagles gave it up on downs with 1:36 remaining, eight seconds later passing quarterback Jake Tunney, who replaced the Greyhounds' running quarterback Makura Compton was intercepted by Feinberg at the McDonogh 48.

The Eagles ran out the clock.

No. 12 New Town 13, Sparrows Point 10 -- Tyrone McCaffity's 2-yard run overcame Zach Taylor's 24-yard field goal as the Titans (8-1) won their sixth straight Baltimore County 2A-1A League game to end a five-game winning streak by the visiting Pointers (7-3). Sparrows Point led 7-0 after Mike McCoy's 14th touchdown of the year until Dexter Edwards tied the game at 7-7 on a third-quarter, 2-yard run. The teams will play a rematch on Friday at 7 p.m. at CCBC-Essex in the first round of the 1A North Region playoffs.

Archbishop Curley 22, Calvert Hall 19 -- The Friars (9-2), with their first win over an MIAA A Conference opponent since 1986, broke a school record for wins in a season against the visiting Cardinals (1-7). Kevin Franklin (127 yards, two touchdowns) and Ray Ridgeway (108 yards, touchdown) led the Curley rushing attack that gained 326 yards.

Franklin 35, Dulaney 7 -- Scott Noble (21 carries, 227 yards) scored four rushing touchdowns for the host Indians (8-2) on carries of 8, 2, 80 and 11 yards against the Lions (2-8). Josh Gibson threw for 148 yards, completing nine of 19 attempts against Dulaney. The Franklin defense (eight sacks) held the visitors to 37 total yards.

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