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Orioles race past St. James

September 16, 2007|by CHRIS CARTER / Staff Correspondent

SAINT JAMES - Once the Maryland School for the Deaf football team established the run Saturday afternoon, it was seemingly over for No. 7 St. James.

Joseph Solano rushed for 155 yards and Ryan Bonheyo added 101 as the Orioles pounded out 306 yards on the ground on the way to a 30-17 victory.

Bonheyo scored twice and Solano once for the unbeaten Orioles (3-0).

"Their speed killed us. We just weren't able to compensate for it," said St. James coach Chick Meehan. "We just weren't fast enough to keep up with them."

Solano torched the Saints (1-1) on the edges on just 17 carries for an average of 9.1 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Bonheyo did most of his damage between the tackles on 19 carries for a 5.3-yard average. Receiver Kevin Berrigan provided a change of pace and ran for 42 yards on nine carries.

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The trio was a vital part of the MSD offense, which drove 75, 86 and 70 yards in scoring on its first three possessions. Quarterback Brandon McMillan capped the first drive with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Berrigan, Solano scored from 18 yards and Bonheyo had a 1-yard touchdown plunge.

"They execute their offense well with the talent they have," Meehan said. "They have kids that are a little bigger, a little stronger and a little faster than us, and we had a tough time stopping them."

While the defense had trouble containing the Orioles, the St. James offense did its best to keep up. The Saints answered the first MSD touchdown with a patient, 11-play, 53-yard drive that spanned six minutes. Barrett Brown scored from 20 yards to knot the game at 6-6 with 2:43 left in the first quarter.

Solano's scoring run gave MSD a 14-6 lead, but St. James responded on the second play of the ensuing drive when Mike Russ found Jordan Barr for a 67-yard scoring strike. Russ ran in the two-point conversion to once again tie the game.

The Orioles scored on their next drive for a 22-14 lead, but the track meet ended there as the Saints gained just 47 yards on their last seven possessions.

MSD ran 34 plays in the second half, compared to just 15 for St. James.

"It kind of turned into a defensive struggle in the second half," Meehan said. "The only thing was, they were still controlling the ball."

Still, St. James remained in the game and pulled the score to 22-17 on Ben Farquhar's 42-yard field goal with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter. MSD chewed up eight minutes before the Saints regained possession at their own 30-yard line. But the threat ended when Russ had a pass tipped and intercepted.

Bonheyo put the game away with a 4-yard touchdown to make the score 30-17 with 1:28 left.

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