Gilman-McDonogh football preview capsule

November 04, 2010|By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun

No. 9 McDonogh (6-3, 1-3 MIAA A Conference) at No. 3 Gilman (6-2, 3-1)

When: Saturday, 2:30

Coaches: Dom Damico, McDonogh; Biff Poggi, Gilman

Series: Gilman, 56-33-5

Last meeting: Gilman, 34-17, 2009 regular season

Key players to watch:

McDonogh — Joel Jorgensen, Jr., QB/DB, (115-for-211 passing for 1,729 yards; 20 TDs — 10 rushing); Denzell Walker, Sr., WR/DB (30 catches for 720 yards, nine TDs); Miles Crump, Jr., WR/DB (29 catches for 610 yards, six TDs); Evan Grant, Sr., RB/LB (161 carries for 1,048 yards, five TDs); Roman Braglio Jr., OL/DL (10 sacks, 63 tackles); Allen Jackson, Jr., WR/DE (eight sacks, 71 tackles, three blocked punts)

Gilman — Darius Jennings, Sr., QB (1,395 rushing yards, 20 TDs-17 rushing); Cyrus Jones, Jr., WR/CB (545 yards rushing, seven TDs — five rushing, three INTs); Kenneth Goins, Jr., RB/DE (10 TDs--nine rushing, 15 sacks, five forced fumbles, 22 tackles for loss); Linn Worthington, Sr., WR/SS (101 yards receiving, 67 tackles, five INTs): Hunter Goodwin, Sr., OT/DT (28 pancake blocks, one sack, seven tackles for loss); Brian Gaia, Jr., OT/DT (33 pancake blocks, 45 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two sacks)

Keys to victory

The most interesting statistic in the recent history of this 95-year rivalry is that the visiting team has won the last five meetings. Gilman clinched the MIAA A Conference title in last season's game as Jennings ran for 252 yards and three touchdowns to deal the Eagles their only conference loss.

The Greyhounds can clinch at least a share of the title this time and are favored with Jennings leading a strong running game. Poggi said the Eagles are tough on defense and play nine in the box against Gilman to try to snarl the running game. Most importantly, the Greyhounds will have to cut down on mistakes — like the six turnovers that cost them the Calvert Hall game.

After starting strong, the Eagles have dropped three of their last four games, including one-point losses to Georgetown Prep and Loyola before last week's 28-15 loss to No. 2 Calvert Hall. Still, Damico said the Eagles are playing well. To pull off the road win, they will need to contain Jennings and get a strong game from Jorgensen, Grant and the receivers.

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