Tough day for Gilman against DeMatha
You know it's a bad day when your quarterback compiles 347 yards of total offense and five touchdowns only to see his team lose by 21 points.
That's what happened to No. 4 Gilman on Saturday when DeMatha came to town and handed the Greyhounds a 56-35 whipping on a drizzly afternoon. Quarterback Darius Jennings ran for 222 yards plus two touchdowns and threw for 125 and three more scores. But it wasn't enough.
The big problem for Gilman (2-1) was DeMatha running back Marcus Coker. He finished with an amazing 392 yards rushing on only 24 carries. The Iowa-bound senior also scored five touchdowns, and the Greyhounds saw a lot of him -- mostly from the back.
"He could have had 892 if he wanted to," said Gilman coach Biff Poggi.
DeMatha (2-0), ranked No. 23 nationally in the latest USA Today poll, used its large offensive line to open holes so big that a truck could have driven through them sideways. There were times when Coker was barely touched on his long runs.
He had three short TD runs plus one for 80 yards and another for 77. The 80-yard touchdown run was a key because it tied the game at 14 just before halftime and let the Stags regain control as they scored the first 14 points of the second half.
-- Jeff Seidel