Top-ranked Gilman runs over DeMatha, 35-10

September 18, 2010|By Mike Frainie, The Baltimore Sun

Last week, Darius Jennings and his Gilman Greyhounds experienced a rare feat: they were defeated. They made sure it didn't happen again Saturday night.

Jennings rushed for 274 yards on 31 carries and scored twice as top-ranked Gilman (3-1) jumped on DeMatha (2-1) early, defeating the visiting Stags from Prince George's County, 35-10, in a nonleague game.

The Stags are ranked No. 1 in The Washington Post.

"We had a bad week of practice [last week against Don Bosco of New Jersey], so we wanted to get back on track," Jennings said. "Coach [Biff Poggi] is always telling us that you play like your practice, so we wanted to come back and play well as a team."

Jennings, who gained 195 of his yards in the second half, admitted that the plan wasn't to run him as much as the Greyhounds did.

"We had to do what we had to do to get the win," he said. "We just did what we do, which is to run the ball right at you."

They Greyhounds wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring on their first possession. The drive, all but one play of which was on the ground, was capped with Kenneth Goins' 8-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Jennings had 48 yards rushing on the 78-yard drive.

Gilman took advantage of a short field to extend the lead on the next possession. After a Stags punt gave the Greyhounds the ball at the DeMatha 39, Gilman used eight plays — all on the ground — to take a 14-0 lead on another Goins touchdown from 1 yard out with 9:33 remaining in the first half.

The Stags' only points of the half came with 8 seconds remaining when Michael Branthover kicked a 41-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.

Gilman add to the lead on its first possession of the second half. Jennings directed a 10-play, 80 yard drive — aided by a 15-yard facemask penalty — to run the lead to 21-3 with 5:41 left in the third quarter. The drive was capped off by Jennings running the ball in from the 24 yards out on third-and-one.

DeMatha mounted a quick drive of its own. A 54-yard completion from Shane Cockerille to Brent Wilkerson helped the Stags go from their 19 to the Gilman eight. The drive was snuffed out, however, when Cockerille was sacked by Goins and Brian Gaia on fourth down with 3:33 left in the third quarter.

The Greyhounds put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Goins' 1-yard touchdown plunge capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive with 10:09 left to make it 28-3.

"We wanted to prove to everybody that we have a good team," Poggi said. "We wanted to make this a physical game, and I think we did that. This was a pretty huge win for us."

No. 6 Calvert Hall 55, Havre de Grace 0: Brandon Neverdon had 12 carries for 157 yards and three tocuhdowns — the last on a 70-yard run — and Daquan Davis intercepted a pass, finished with four tackles and broke up three passes as the host Cardinals improved to 4-0 on the season.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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