Gilman used a straightforward approach to overpower Loyola Blakefield on Friday afternoon. The No. 1-ranked Greyhounds pounded Loyola with senior running backs Antonio Dupree and Dorian Maddox on one play after another in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference opener for both teams.
Gilman senior quarterback Kasim Hill also rushed for two touchdowns in the first half to help the Greyhounds jump out to a 28-3 en route to a 49-10 victory at Loyola High School.
Gilman (4-1) rolled up 461 yards of total offense — including 200 yards rushing in the first half — in its seventh straight one-sided win over the Dons.
Dupree finished with 178 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Maddox added 50 yards on seven carries and Hill contributed 55 yards on five attempts.
Hill made an impact in the passing game, too. He threw a touchdown pass to Korey Stevens and completed 10 of 16 passes.
Loyola coach Brant Hall said Gilman's big and physical offensive line — which features four Division I-bound players in Devery Hamilton (6 feet 7, 290 pounds, Michigan) and Stephen Spanellis (6-5, 320, Virginia) guard Wes Mehl (6-3, 280, Navy) and center Stewart Keehner (6-5, 280, Georgetown) — was just too difficult to stop.
"That's where the game was won and lost," Hall said. "They controlled the line of scrimmage. You could see at the end of the game when they didn't have their first-unit skilled guys in there, but still had their offensive line in there. Kids will still running for seven and eight yards a carry."
Gilman coach Biff Poggi hopes his line is as dominant when the Greyhounds host No. 7 Mount St. Joseph in Roland Park on Friday at 4 p.m.
Poggi loves the way his team is playing heading into the game.
"We are one point away from being undefeated," he explained. "We have played the 10th toughest schedule in the country according to USA Today. So I think we're playing really well."
Poggi won't get an argument from Hall.
Loyola only gained 9 yards on the opening possession of the game and were forced to punt, but the Dons got the ball right away when Rick Nickel recovered a fumble at the Gilman 45-yard line.
The Dons gained just 9 yards again before Fitzgerald stopped Loyola quarterback Jason Smith on 4th-and-1.
Gilman scored on its first possession, taking advantage of excellent field position when Maddox went 4 yards up the middle to cap a 5-play, 38-yard drive with4:12 remaining in the first quarter.
Loyola put together its best drive of the first half late in the second quarter.
The Dons moved 63 yards in seven plays and Gavin Rowley finished the series with a 29-yard field goal with 44 seconds to go.
The rest of the game belonged to Gilman, and the Greyhounds scored less than two minutes later on Hill's 29-yard run around the right side of the line to give Gilman a 13-3 lead.
Hill pushed his team's lead to 20-3 midway through the second quarter on a 1-yard quarterback keeper and then teamed up with Korey Stevens for a 33-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
The Greyhounds rushed for three touchdowns in the second half, including a 1-yard plunge by Dupree.
Gilman's defense — led by linebacker Antonio DiCerbo and John Fitzgerald and tackles Ellison Jordan and Taron Vincent — limited Loyola to 74 yards in the second half and 174 overall.
"Our defense sets up everything for us," Poggi said.