Wilbon sparks De La Salle rally
BY MICHAEL WOJTYCHIW September 3, 2011
De La Salle used the legs of Mikale Wilbon for the second consecutive week as it overcame a halftime deficit to claim a 30-22 comeback win against visiting Gordon Tech Friday.
“Gordon is a good team and they scouted our stuff really well,’’ Wilbon said. “They watched our tape and executed their plays well, but we were able to overcome it and pull out the win.’’
The Meteors (2-0) got on the board first, as they took a 13-play drive and turned it into a 27-yard field goal by Jonathan Hope.
But the Rams got it back real fast, as Habeeb Durojaiye returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to put the visitors ahead.
“They saw our coverage and saw we weren’t covering the edges,’’ De La Salle coach Dan O’Keefe said. “We gave them that and they were able to exploit it. We can’t do that.’’
After combining for 24 points in the entire first half, the two teams combined for 21 points in the first 1:58 of the second half.
After Gordon (1-1) fumbled the opening kickoff of the half, Wilbon, who finished the game with 30 carries, 247 yards and three touchdowns, scored the first of his touchdowns on a five-yard rush.
Durojaiye then returned his second kickoff down the right sideline for a touchdown, this one 84 yards.
Wilbon scored the second of his scores on the next possession, as he rushed for a 22-yard score, finishing a drive that saw him run for 40 yards.
Wilbon scored his last touchdown on a 90-yard run after the defense stuffed the Rams at the 10-yard line.
“I was really worried bout the game,’’ O’Keefe said. “This is a really good team and that quarterback (Julian Russell) is a great quarterback.’’
Russell finished with 91 yards rushing on 19 carries. He also scored on a 26-yard keeper.