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Gilman could not have gotten nationally ranked DeMatha at a worse time.

Smarting from a 28-7 season-opening loss to Xavier of Ohio last Sunday on ESPN that ended its 22-game winning streak, DeMatha invaded No. 3 Gilman yesterday.

The Stags from Hyattsville took out their frustrations on the Greyhounds in a 42-0 romp.

"Last week, we had first-game jitters, but luckily we stayed in the game until the third quarter," said DeMatha junior quarterback Tom Chroniger, who completed four of nine passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns, all in the second quarter, for his first win as a starter.

"There were some bad reads on my part, but today we played well. We had a team meeting on Monday, with just the players, and got over it. We had a good week of practice and were ready for this game."

Chroniger guided an offense that had 198 yards rushing for 307 yards of total offense. Bradley Eden led all ball carriers with 58 yards on three carries.

Gilman (1-1) was held to 83 total yards, 65 rushing and 18 passing.

It was the worst defeat in the 11 years that Biff Poggi has been the Gilman coach, and according to Greyhounds athletic director Tim Holley, it's the first time a running clock (which starts when the winning team has a 35-point advantage) has ever been invoked on a Poggi-coached team.

The Stags, who are ranked No. 1 by The Washington Post and No. 5 in USA Today's Super 25 national rankings, didn't waste any time getting an edge yesterday.

Rodney McLeod, a Virginia-bound senior wide receiver and defensive back, took the opening kickoff 85 yards to the end zone, and freshman Michael Branthover kicked the first of his seven extra points.

DeMatha had a 7-0 lead after the first 12 minutes, but scored three more touchdowns in the second period to make it 28-0 at halftime.

Chroniger threw touchdown passes of 14, 42 and 15 yards on three straight possessions - to Joe Collura, McLeod and Kenny Tate, respectively.

The DeMatha winning streak that ended last week had begun the week after a 22-19 loss to Gilman in 2005.

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