Memo to the remaining 2010 opponents of Perry Hall High’s football team: Fasten your seat belts.
With a no-huddle offense, the Gators are banking it will lead it back to the state postseason. Perry Hall open its campaign with a 24-7 victory over then-No. 17 Joppatowne, 24-7, Friday evening. The win landed the Gators in the latest VSN Top 20 at No. 17.
Touchdown runs by junior Patrick Clemens and senior Robin Paguila helped Perry Hall (1-0 overall), which missed the state region playoffs for the first time since 2002. Gators coach Keith Robinson said inconsistency hounded his squad in 2009.
“We played well at times, and other times, we were all out of sorts,” said Robinson. “We didn’t have the weapons offensively.”
Though Perry Hall graduated quarterback Davonta Farrell (Lackawanna Junior College in Pennsylvania), Robinson believes he’s significantly upgraded in skill positions with Clemens, a transfer from Calvert Hall College, joining senior Brandon Ward and sophomore Eric Latam in the backfield along with junior quarterback Mike DeVaugh.
DeVaugh struggled in his first start Friday, but Robinson said the 6-4, 185-pound signal caller possess all the necessary tools to excel in the no-huddle. Jamal Craig, Guy Jones and Jay Walker will be DeVaugh’s targets.
The Gators have ran a spread offense the last several seasons, Robinson said he wanted to advance to no-huddle which has produced major success, most promiently for No. 2 Arundel. Perry Hall started installing the system during a spring 7-on-7 league at Perry Hall.
“The kids have brought into the system. We’re trying to do what arundel has been doing for it years,” said Robinson. “It’s a shock to the system to the team you’re playing because you can’t simulate in practice.”
The MIAA is A-OK
At the end of the I-95 Kickoff Classic late Saturday night, the audience at Unitas Stadium was treated to a firework show. Most of the fireworks belonged to the MIAA A, which won three of the four matches with the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.
Each game was a surprise. McDonogh, in its first game with a new set of skill players, put up 34 points against Gonzaga. Mount St. Joseph, which was 2-8 last season and playing its first game with a new coach, opened a 27-6 halftime lead against a Bishop McNamara team that’s been in the WCAC postseason the last four years.
Loyola stared down a DeMatha Catholic team with at least dozen Division I recruit for more than three quarters. It wasn’t until an interception return for a touchdown that the Stags could relax, albeit very little.
The last time I covered a huge event at Unitas Stadium was the MIAA A lacrosse finals in May when St. Paul’s School routed Boys’ Latin in a jaw dropper. What Gilman did to Good Counsel Saturday night was just as stunning.
Gilman dominated a very good Good Counsel at the point of attack on both sides. The Greyhounds limited the Falcons to 38 yards on the ground over the final 24 minutes while rolled up 243 for the game.
“Our front seven was able to stop the run,” said Gilman coach Biff Poggi. He commended the efforts of Brian Gaia,Kenny Goins, Henry Poggi, Miles Norris, Devon Porchia and Micah Kaiser in the Greyhounds’ defensive front seven.
Poggi was quick to point out that Good Counsel, which played last Sunday afternoon at St. Xavier (OH), had to travel back to Maryland then come back with another game in less than a week.
Gilman will have five days before taking New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep Friday night at Morgan State University.
From disaster comes…
Perryville appeared to be a bit of trouble when the snap to quarterback Alex Vines sailed over his head Friday evening. The Panthers had Elkton right where they wanted them.
Vines picked up the ball, eluded pressure and threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Sherrod for a touchdown. The Panthers weren’t done with the big scoring plays.
Joe Peaker returned an interception for 60 yards, then Colby Owen scooped up a fumble and went 40 yards for Perryville’s final touchdown in a 20-16 decision.
The Big Five-0
Six teams in state scored 50 or more points last weekend, four were local with Catonsville (54), South Carroll and North County (53) and Poly (52).
Then you have the flip side: Bohemia Manor 3, Sparrows Point 0.