Top-ranked Gilman falls to national champion Don Bosco, 33-6

  • Gilman's quarterback Darius Jennings runs through a host of Don Bosco defenders for a first down in the fourth quarter.
Gilman's quarterback Darius Jennings runs through a… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
September 10, 2010|By Rich Scherr, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Top-ranked Gilman stepped onto the Morgan State turf Friday night intent on taking its next step onto the national stage.

Instead, the top-ranked Greyhounds simply couldn't keep stride with consensus national champion Don Bosco Prep and bruising running back Paul Canevari.

Canevari, starting his first game on offense after switching from defensive end, mauled the Greyhounds for 321 yards on 22 carries, as the New Jersey-power handed Gilman a humbling 33-6 loss.

Only a late touchdown by backup quarterback Max Greene kept Gilman from its first shutout in three years.

"You play like you practice, and we didn't have a great practice on Wednesday. It showed today," quarterback Darius Jennings said. "They definitely handled us up front. They played better than we did and outsmarted us. They just wanted it more."

That showed as Jennings (24 carries, 105 yards) attempted to rally the Greyhounds from a 20-0 deficit midway through the fourth quarter. After driving his team near the redzone, Jennings tried to find Linn Worthington on a fade pattern near the goal line, but was picked off by freshman defensive back Jabrill Peppers at the 3.

On the very next play, Canevari took the handoff, ran over a defender and took off 97 yards for a touchdown, outrunning Gilman's secondary.

The loss dropped Gilman, currently ranked No. 14 in the nation by USA Today, to 2-1, while simultaneously extending Bosco's winning streak to 24. The Ironmen (1-0) -- who finished last season ranked No. 1 by USA Today, MaxPreps, ESPN Rise, Rivals.com and the National Prep Football Poll -- haven't lost since the opening game of 2008.

Despite losing the majority of their starters to graduation, the Ironmen still entered the night ranked No. 2 in New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger, and quickly showed why, bulling their way downfield for four straight scoring drives to open the game.

Canevari, a 6-0, 220-pound senior, averaged nearly 15 yards per carry, breaking multiple tackles on his way to runs of 65, 97 and 58 yards.

"I was just trying to run downhill instead of east and west," Canevari said.

"I had good blocking. These offensive linemen opened up huge holes. That makes it easy for me.

When they weren't finding success with the run, the Ironman gained large swaths of yardage through the air. Pittsburgh-bound quarterback Gary Nova completed 10 of 13 passes in the first half, including a 15-yarder over the middle to Leonte Carroo to extend the lead to 10-0.

By halftime, Gilman found itself down 20-0, being outgained 248-63.

"We just need to regroup as a team and be ready to play next week," Jennings said.

Football

(at Morgan State)

Don Bosco 3 17 0 13 -- 33

Gilman 0 0 0 6 -- 6

D-Murray 24 FG

D-Carroo 15 pass from Nova (Murray kick)

D-Canevari 1 run (Murray kick)

D- Murray 32 FG

D-Canevari 97 run (pass failed)

D-Canevari 1 run (Murray kick)

G-Greene 1 run (run failed)

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