Chairs propels Gaels' win

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Senior's 44-yard field goal seals 27-24 victory over No. 8 Gilman

November 01, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

Pat Chairs of host Mount St. Joseph didn't have the easiest job when asked to try his first high school field goal yesterday. The senior handles his team's kickoffs but didn't get a chance to warm up because he had been playing tight end. In addition, this was not a short kick.

But no worries here. Chairs made the 44-yard field goal with ease as time ran out to give No. 11 Mount St. Joseph a stunning 27-24 victory over No. 8 Gilman in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

Chairs, 6 feet, 198 pounds, has a good leg for the Mount St. Joseph kickoffs, and the coaches turned to him when the Gaels faced fourth-and-nine from the Gilman 26-yard line with 4.5 seconds left. He was surprised but trotted onto the field and kicked the winning field goal.

"I wanted the shot at it," Chairs said. "As soon as it came off my foot, I knew it was good."

Mount St. Joseph (6-2, 4-1) scored 10 points in the final 48.9 seconds and 17 in the final quarter for the come-from-behind victory. Gilman helped the Gaels with three turnovers, several key penalties and a blocked extra point.

"This team has learned how to win," Mount St. Joseph coach Chip Armstrong said. "We've owned the fourth quarter this year."

Artis Holt's 69-yard punt return for a touchdown helped Mount St. Joseph to an early 10-0 lead. But Gilman (6-3, 3-2) often moved the ball with its power spread offense, gaining 329 yards and scoring 17 straight points.

The Greyhounds alternated Darius Jennings and Davey Emala at quarterback. Jennings threw for one touchdown, and Emala ran for two, including a 2-yarder that gave Gilman a 24-17 lead with 4:52 left.

But Mount St. Joseph tied the score when quarterback Chris Costabile threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Renard Robinson with 48.9 seconds left and Andy Kvech added the extra point. J.T. Ervin picked off a pass by Jennings on the next play to give the Gaels the ball, setting up the winning kick.

NO. 1 RIVER HILL 51, HAMMOND 6: :: Malek Redd and Kevin Moore scored three touchdowns each as the Hawks (9-0) clinched a share of the Howard County championship for the sixth straight season.

No. 7 NORTH COUNTY 30, NORTHEAST 12: : Dino Stevens had 24 carries for 150 yards and three touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions to power the host Knights (8-1) past the Eagles (2-7).

NO. 9 WILDE LAKE 28, CENTENNIAL 12: : Jarrel Epps had 14 carries for a 190 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 45 yards for the host Wildecats (8-1).

NO. 10 HEREFORD 50, DULANEY 6: : Thirteen players carried the ball and seven players scored as the Bulls (7-2, 7-1) rolled in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A contest.

ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 17, MCDONOGH 14: : Terrence Dandridge's 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter held up as the game winner as the Friars (7-3) became the first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference team to beat an A Conference team in football since 2006.

BROADNECK 31, MEADE 13: : Quarterback Kyle Colleran was 8-for-17 passing for 133 yards and one touchdown for the Bruins (6-3).

HOWARD 31, MARRIOTTS RIDGE 21: : Mark Covington rushed for 165 yards and four touchdowns to lead the visiting Lions (6-3) past the Mustangs (6-3). Dionte Jones also rushed for a 165 yards and one touchdown for Howard.

CITY 47, CARVER 6: : The host Knights took a 41-0 lead in the first half as they improved to 6-3 and 5-2 in Baltimore City's Division I.

HAVRE DE GRACE 37, NORTH EAST-CECIL 0: : Dayshawn Bolling and Hakeem Hines scored two touchdowns each as the host Warriors (9-0) beat the Indians.

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