McCrimmon, No. 4 Mount Saint Joseph run past Loyola, 42-19

Gaels' big-play offense too much for Dons

September 27, 2014|By Katherine Dunn | The Baltimore Sun

Mount Saint Joseph's football team doesn't need a lot of time to score points.

With Nevone McCrimmon in the backfield and Jimmy Moore, Jake Dahl, Calvin Montgomery, Nick Phelps, J.T. Uhler and Kyle Offerman up front, the No. 4 Gaels had no trouble getting off to a quick start at Loyola Blakefield on Saturday.

On the Gaels' first play from scrimmage, McCrimmon raced 79 yards for the first of his four touchdowns. On the third play of the next drive, the senior running back scored from 24 yards out. In less than seven minutes, Mount Saint Joseph was well on its way to a 42-19 victory in the first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game for both teams.

"I don't remember the last time we won our first conference game," McCrimmon said with a laugh. "We're off to a great start. It's great feeling, but now it's time to get better for next week."

McCrimmon, who ran for 222 yards on 11 carries, scored all of his touchdowns in the first 21 minutes as the Gaels opened up a 36-point lead late in the third quarter.

"He is a good player, but he's got five great big ol' guys in front of him who opened up those holes and you've got to give a lot of credit to their line," Loyola coach Brant Hall said. "They really fire off the ball and they're executing their assignments and it's a luxury to have a back like Nevone who can break big runs."

Before they start preparing for Thursday night's game at No. 1 McDonogh, the Gaels are savoring Saturday's win as they continue their best start since 1995 at 5-0. Last season, they won only two games.

No one was more excited than coach Blake Henry, who was jumping around with his players after the game. The Gaels have the most wins in his five-year tenure.

Saturday's came with the big start Henry was looking for.

"We wanted to start fast. I told them that was one of the keys to the game. I wanted them engaged right away, starting each quarter fast, concentrating so we get the momentum at the beginning of each quarter," Henry said after the win at his alma mater.

After the Gaels took the 14-0 lead, they turned the ball over on their next possession when Alex Caltrider picked off a pass thrown by Bryan Costabile to set up one of two long Loyola scoring drives.

Quarterback John Goska's 1-yard sneak capped a 12-play, 93-yard drive that took almost six minutes and cut the Gaels' lead to 14-6.

The Dons, however, could not sustain another drive in the half and McCrimmon, who has committed to Toledo, added touchdown runs of 10 and 29 yards. Jeremiah McCullough then picked off a Goska pass tipped by Gaels teammate Maliek Carr and on the ensuing possession Costablie hit Brandon Batts with a 26-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left in the first half for a 35-6 lead.

Loyola scored twice in the final 5:22 on passes from Goska to Kenny Lewis, the first on a drive that went 75 yards and lasted 10 minutes. While the Dons had the better time of possession, they couldn't sustain enough drives to counter the Gaels' big-play offense. None of McCrimmon's scoring drives lasted more than three plays.

"We're just not consistent enough to beat a good football team like Saint Joe offensively," Hall said. "We make too many mistakes, and then we put ourselves in a hole and you can't do those things if you're going to beat good football teams."

L 0 6 0 13 -- 19

MSJ 14 21 7 0 -- 42

MSJ—McCrimmon 79 run (Beaumont kick)

MSJ—McCrimmon 24 run (Beaumont kick)

L—Goska 1 run (run failed)

MSJ--McCrimmon 10 run (Beaumont kick)

MSJ—McCrimmon 49 run (Beaumont kick)

MSJ—Batts 26 pass from Costable (Beaumont kick)

MSJ—Blue 1 run (Beaumont kick)

L—Lewis 18 pass from Goska (kick failed)

L—Lewis 28 pass from Goska (Deuber kick)


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