Rivalry, disrespect or oversight—whatever the reasons, maybe the Gilman Greyhounds just don’t like teams from the Washington, D.C. area.
A few weeks ago, Baltimore’s top-ranked school dismantled Good Counsel, last year’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) champion, 28-7, at the I-95 Kickoff Classic. On Sept. 18, it was DeMatha, last year’s WCAC runner-up, who was ripped by Gilman in a 35-10 rout at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Led by explosive option quarterback Darius Jennings, Gilman ran through DeMatha for more than 300 rushing yards on their way to a second impressive domination of a D.C.-area school.
“It definitely shows that we aren’t the underdogs anymore,” Jennings said after piling up 272 rushing yards and two touchdowns. “A lot of schools kind of put us off when we went up against Good Counsel and DeMatha and teams like that but I think tonight showed we can play with anybody.”
Gilman (3-1) only mustered 27 passing yards, but with Jennings’ slicing and dicing was all they needed. Gilman jumped to a 14-3 halftime lead behind Jennings’ speed and junior running back Kenneth Goins’ power. Goins accounted for both first half touchdowns before Jennings wore out the tired DeMatha in the second half.
Jennings, a 6-foot, 185-pound senior, rattled off a 24-yard scoring run to finish a nine-play drive to start the third quarter. Jennings then added a 49-yard run to DeMatha’s one-yard line, which Goins capped with a short plunge to increase Gilman’s lead to 28-3 early in the fourth quarter.
By the time DeMatha running back Jacob Siwicki snuck in a one-yard score in the middle of the fourth quarter, Gilman and their pair of runners had already put the game away.
“We really wanted to get No. 5 (Cyrus Jones) and No. 1 (Goins) involved in the run game more,” Gilman coach Biff Poggi said. “That helped to open things up.”
The loss of last year’s defensive stars to graduation has taken its toll on DeMatha (2-1) early this season. The team has allowed 31, 32 and 35 points in three games this year but was nevertheless able to rely on bruising runner Delonte Morton to power them to wins. With Morton out with a sore ankle, DeMatha’s defense was left to fend for itself against Jennings and Gilman.
“Our line did a great job and our coaching staff had them scouted pretty well,” Jennings added. “All I really need is a small seam and the line did that for me and I was able to get through it and do the rest.”