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Quick-strike offense gets No. 3 Gilman going in 38-14 win over No. 4 Mount Saint Joseph

Mount Saint Joseph had the ball for much longer in the first quarter than did Gilman during Saturday's football game, but it doesn't take the Greyhounds long to score points.

By the time they had run 10 plays, the No. 3 Greyhounds already had a 14-7 lead. And they just kept on going, spoiling the No. 4 Gaels' homecoming game, 38-14, and securing the top spot in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference standings.

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Big plays contributed to both of Gilman's first two touchdowns. Dorian Maddox had a 47-yard carry to set up Jelani Roberts' 6-yard scoring run, and Roberts broke several tackles on his way to a 64-yard touchdown with 2:46 left in the quarter in the first quarter.

"That was crazy," Roberts said of the two five-play scoring drives. "That's what happens when you have everybody executing on the same page, linemen blocking, receivers throwing great blocks and running backs running the ball."

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Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley, who scored two rushing touchdowns, including a 47-yarder in the third quarter, said the Greyhounds always are looking to strike quickly.

"We like to start fast against out opponents," Locksley said. "We like to let them know early that it's going to be a long day, so we continue to get better, we continue to strive. This team can be real great."

The Greyhounds (7-2) have won seven straight since falling to St. Edward (Ohio) and Paramus Catholic (N.J.) in their first two games. They are now 4-0 in the A Conference, with only Friday night's game at Calvert Hall and their Nov. 8 meeting with rival McDonogh remaining. No. 7 St. Frances' 8-3 win over No. 1 McDonogh on Friday night left Gilman as the A Conference's only unbeaten team.

The Gaels (7-2, 2-2) had suffered a blow to their upset hopes long before the game even started: Senior running back Nevone McCrimmon tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last week. He had 872 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns total in six games, but he will miss the rest of the season and have surgery Nov. 13.

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Looking to pass more with quarterback Bryan Costabile, the Gaels tied the game at 7 when the junior hit Alvonte Thompson for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 3:35 left in the first quarter. That strike made up for a 38-yard touchdown pass to Christian Heyward taken away by a penalty earlier in the drive.

But the Gaels' lead last just 49 seconds before Roberts took a pitch from Locksley, ran around the right side and broke four or five tackles before spinning into the end zone. In the second quarter, a penalty cost Roberts another touchdown after nearly a 60-yard punt return.

In the end, the Greyhounds didn't need that touchdown, as they got plenty more. Locksley's 3-yard run and Antonio Dupree's 13-yard run, which came within 20 seconds of each other thanks to an interception by Korey Stevens, boosted the lead to 28-7 late in the second quarter.

Alex Cohill, who hit all five extra-point attempts, opened the second half with a 39-yard field goal, and Locksley's 47-yard touchdown made it 38-7 with 4:44 left in the third quarter.

In the final 44 seconds of the game, with both coaches playing their backups, the Gaels cut it to 38-14 when Brandon Batts caught a short pass from quarterback Josh Pieniazek and raced to the end zone for a 44-yard touchdown.

Mount Saint Joseph coach Blake Henry said a lot of the Gaels' problems resulted from a defensive line that was overmatched by a bigger Gilman line.

"They're able to run the ball with a 310-pound offensive lineman," Henry said, alluding to Stephen Spanellis, "and our guys fought, but the margin for error when you are outweighed by that much is slim. And we made some mistakes in holding our gaps up front, and on offense, we had a couple protection errors. We were trying to throw the ball a little bit, and they did a good job batting the ball down and of stopping our running game, too."

G 14 14 10 0 -- 38
MSJ 7 0 0 7 -- 14

G—Roberts 6 run (Cohill kick)

MSJ—Thompson 10 pass from Costabile (Beaumont kick)

G—Roberts 64 run (Cohill kick)

G—Locksley 3 run (Cohill kick)

G—Dupree 13 run (Cohill kick)

G—Cohill 39 FG

G—Locksley 47 run (Cohill kick)

MSJ—Batts 44 pass from Pieniazek (Beaumont kick)

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