Jennings carries Gilman to 42-6 rout of McDonogh

Quarterback runs for two TDS, throws for two in rivals' 95th meeting

November 06, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | Baltimore Sun reporter

All through a full week of hype over the 95th edition of the Gilman-McDonogh football game, this was exactly the kind of outcome the Gilman players dreamed of.

The No. 3 Greyhounds overwhelmed the No. 9 Eagles on both sides of the ball, and All-Metro quarterback Darius Jennings ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more, as Gilman rolled to a 42-6 victory Saturday in the season finale for both teams.

"This one is definitely special for me and the rest of the seniors," Jennings said. "Just to go out on senior day with the Gilman-McDonogh game here at home in front of all our friends and family -- it was a great game."

The Greyhounds (7-2 overall, 4-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) lead the series 57-33-5 and became the first team to win at home since they did it in 2004.

Jennings, who finished with 17 carries for 187 yards and completed six of eight passes for 72 yards, handled the ball on almost every down of the Greyhounds' first two drives, putting them on the board with an 18-yard pass to Henry Poggi with 1:03 left in the first quarter.

The Greyhounds added two more touchdowns in the first half, as Cyrus Jones ran for a 6-yard score and Linn Worthington returned a fumble recovery 34 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead 36 seconds before the half. Trevor Wey was 6-for-6 on extra points.

"It's always good to start fast," Jones said. "No team ever wants play behind. You always try to come out, beat them to the first punch and control the game from there. We were lucky that we got those early breaks in the first half."

The Eagles (6-4, 1-4) turned the ball over six times, but that probably didn't hurt them as much as losing starting quarterback Joel Jorgensen (4-for-7, 48 yards) to a sprained ankle early in the second quarter. The junior returned briefly for the Eagles' first drive of the second half and led them 80 yards for a touchdown, capped by Evan Grant's 4-yard run.

That pulled McDonogh within 28-6 with 6:45 left in the third quarter, but Jennings quickly negated that. Looking as if he were shot out of a cannon, Jennings flew up the middle for a 52-yard touchdown run with 5:08 to go in the third quarter. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Jones completed the scoring with 2:22 left in the quarter.

While Jennings and Jones (eight carries for 50 yards, three catches for 34 yards) led the way on offense, the Greyhounds also played a stellar defensive game, led by a stingy line and sophomore linebackers Micah Kiser, Wyatt Dickerson and Miles Norris.

"We knew we were going to have to play a perfect game," McDonogh coach Dom Damico said. "They have one of the best teams in the country. They've got a lot of explosive athletes and very good blocking at the point of attack. If you don't play a perfect game, you're not going to beat them."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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