Larry Gilbert looks like a smaller version of his West Potomac teammate Geoff Todd, but both players are equally effective at running the ball. Gilbert and Todd each rushed for more than 100 yards -- as did teammate Marques Coffie -- in the No. 3 Wolverines' 33-13 victory over host Yorktown last night.
Gilbert, a sophomore who carried the ball 12 times for 144 yards and scored a 20-yard touchdown, is 5 feet 7 and 180 pounds. Todd, a senior who rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, also is 5-7, but weighs 226 pounds. Both are powerful runners who proved to be tough to bring down.
"He's the bus," Gilbert said, gesturing toward Todd, "and I'm the train."
Todd said: "Larry has more moves than I do. With me, I run hard and straight. He's more of a scat back, and that makes him harder to bring down."
Coffie, a speedy 5-5 junior, ran for 115 yards on 10 carries. As a team, the Wolverines rushed for 455 yards against Yorktown, despite missing junior running back Jamaal Mills, who ran for 126 yards in the team's 61-14 season-opening win over Mount Vernon. West Potomac Coach Dale Eaton said Mills "is not with the team right now" and that "it is very doubtful" he will return this season, but did not elaborate.
Yorktown built a 13-6 lead after the first quarter, thanks in part to two West Potomac fumbles on consecutive possessions. Patriots senior defensive tackle Brian Boggs recovered both fumbles. Yorktown senior quarterback John Oliphant connected with 6-4 wide receiver Pat Godfrey (four catches for 107 yards) on touchdown passes of 32 and 30 yards.
West Potomac cut the lead to 13-12 on Gilbert's 20-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. The Wolverines took the lead for good with 10 minutes 56 seconds left in the third quarter when Todd capped an 89-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run. The big play in that drive was a 41-yard run by Gilbert.
Todd "is a big guy, and very strong," Gilbert said. "He has taught me a lot already in practice, like how to dip my shoulder and go up field. I like to run east to west, instead of north to south. I started working on running north to south this week in practice, and that's why I started doing better."
Notes: West Potomac won both meetings between these teams last season, including a last-second, 27-21 victory in the Group AAA Northern Region Division 5 semifinals. . . . In two games, West Potomac has given up 27 first-quarter points -- and zero points in the second, third and fourth quarters.