You'll have to explain to me why Gilman took MCD lightly. Did they not watch film? Anybody who had would see that MCD got up by more earlier against common opponents. The reason the margin of victory against common opponents was almost identical: Dom called off the dogs asap while Biff likes to pad the boys' stats. Frankly Gilman is lucky both of the MCD RBs were hobbled (both were sub 75% speed wise) or the score differential might have been over 40. Sun Tzu says "The film never lies".
Why they took them lightly, I don't know but they definitely did. They took everybody in the MIAA lightly in my opinion. Anyone who saw the intensity that McD came out with and the intensity Gilman played with the whole game could see that Gilman took McD lightly. They felt they could just show up and McD kids would just fold. This Gilman team really lacked emotional leaders outside of Keihn. Ellison Jordan plays with a lot of rage but being so young, he's not a leader yet. I said before the game that Gilman had to play with more emotion to win the game and they didn't. I blame this on the coaches. Things were easy for Gilman in the MIAA the last few years and they got comfortable.
Personally I think this win was great for McD for this year, but horrible for them in the future. Don't believe me, ask CHC and Loyola. Biff don't take getting beat(and embarrassed) very lightly. I promise you, he's still upset about that loss. Kids are working out six days a week already. And I'm hearing that a couple of returning skill players for McD decided that after the championship that they wouldn't run indoor track as they have in years past. Bad sign for the Eagles already. Has the hunger now left?