Top-ranked Gilman’s final home football game of the 2015 season turned out to be the first on its brand new synthetic turf field, Friday afternoon in Roland Park, as the Greyhounds easily dispatched visiting Calvert Hall, 38-0, in MIAA A Conference action.
Gilman has played its home games on the school’s auxiliary turf field this fall in tantalizing view of the construction of Alex Sotir Stadium and the new Edward Brown Field. Work was completed just in time to break-in the new field in 2015.
Gilman took a little time to get acclimated to its new home turf, as it fumbled away the ball on its first possession and saw Calvert Hall move the ball well for much of the first half. Gilman’s defense, however, stiffened when necessary, holding down the fort until the Greyhound offense got rolling.
On it’s second possession, Gilman (9-1, 5-0) marched 75 yards to score, with Antonio Dupree claiming the touchdown with a 1-yard run, giving the Hounds a 7-0 lead.
Gilman blocked a Calvert Hall (3-6, 1-4) field goal attempt in the second quarter and that ignited the Greyhounds. Running behind his massive offensive line, Dupree covered 45 yards in just two snaps to advance the Greyhounds into Calvert Hall territory. A few plays later, a 22-yard pass from Kasim Hill to a Ayende Watson provided a first and goal at the five, and Dupree topped the 80-yard march with a 5-yard drive, giving Gilman a 14-0 lead.
After forcing Calvert Hall to punt from deep in its own territory, Gilman took over at its own 44, setting up a 56-yard touchdown drive that gave the Hounds a 21-0 lead at the half.
Gilman added two more touchdowns in the second half and also got a field goal from Alex Cohill to round out the scoring.
Heading into it’s historic 100th anniversary meeting with rival McDonogh, Gilman has clinched a share of the MIAA A Conference title, which it can take outright with a win over the Eagles. McDonogh has won the last two meetings.
Calvert Hall has a non-conference game with Avalon next Saturday at home before closing its season against Loyola on Thanksgiving morning at M&T Bank Stadium.