Last week, quarterback Darius Jennings and his Gilman Greyhounds experienced a rare feat:they were defeated. They made sure it didn't happen again Saturday night.
Jennings rushed for 274 yards on 31 carries and scored twice as top-ranked Gilman (3-1) jumped on DeMatha (2-1) early, defeating the visiting Stags from Prince George's County, 35-10, in a nonleague game.
The Stags are ranked No. 1 in The Washington Post.
"We had a bad week or practice [last week against Don Boscoe], so we wanted to get back on track. Coach is always telling us that you play like your practice, so we wanted to come back and play well as a team."
Jennings, who gained 195 of his yards in the second half, acknowledged that the plan wasn't to run him as much as the Greyhounds did.
"We had to do what we had to do to get the win," Jennings said. "We just did what we do, which is to run the ball right at you."
They Greyhounds wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, scoring on their first possession. The drive, all but one play of which was on the ground, was capped with Kenneth Goins' 8-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left in the first quarter. Jennings had 48 yards rushing on the 78-yard drive.
Gilman took advantage of a short field to extend the lead on the next possession. After a Stags punt gave the Greyhounds the ball at the DeMatha 39, Gilman used eight plays — all on the ground — to take a 14-0 lead on another Goins touchdown from 1 yard out with 9:33 remaining in the first half.
The Stags' only points of the half came with 8 seconds remaining when Michael Branthover kicked a 41-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.
Gilman add to the lead on its first possession of the second half. Jennings directed a 10-play, 80 yard drive — aided by a 15-yard facemask penalty — to run the lead to 21-3 with 5:41 left in the third quarter. The drive was capped off by Jennings running the ball in from the 24 yards out on third-and-one.
DeMatha mounted a quick drive of its own. A 54-yard completion from Shane Cockerille to Brent Wilkerson helped the Stags go from their 19 to the Gilman eight. The drive was snuffed out, however, when Cockerille was sacked by Goins and Brian Gaia on fourth down with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
The Greyhounds put the game away early in the fourth quarter, when Goins' 1-yard plunge capped an 11-play, 82-yard drive with 10:09 left in the game to run the lead to 28-3.
After DeMatha scored its only touchdown with 8:06 left, Gilman used another 1-yard run by Goins to close out the scoring with 6:16 left, 35-10.
"We wanted to prove to everybody that we have a good team," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said. "We wanted to make this a physical game, and I think we did that. This was a pretty huge win for us."
No. 6 Calvert Hall 55, Havre de Grace 0: Brandon Neverdon had 12 carries for 157 yards and three touchdowns — the last on a 70-yard run — and Daquan Davis intercepted a pass, finished with four tackles and broke up three passes as the host Cardinals improved to 4-0 on the season.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.1 GILMAN 35, DEMATHA 10
D 0 3 0 7 — 10 G 7 7 7 14 — 35
G— Goins 8 run (Wey kick)
G—Goins 1 run (Wey kick)
D—FG Branthover 41
G—Jennings 24 run (Wey kick)
G—Goins 1 run (Wey kick)
D—Siwicki 1 run (Branthover kick)
G—Jennings 3 run (Wey kick)