Glen Burnie football coach Dave Rigot has been coaching long enough to know that the first thing to do after a loss is to put it to rest.
The Gophers, who fumbled away their opener last weekend in the waning seconds to Queen Anne's, rebounded Friday night to record an 18-0 victory over homestanding Northeast.
"We talked about it (the loss), and then we flushed it," said Rigot. "It wasn't something we wanted to dwell on."
Glen Burnie quarterback Carlton Ash, who fumbled last week on the one allowing a Lion defender to run 99 yards untouched to pay-dirt, echoed Rigot's remarks about the heartbreaking season-opening defeat.
"We try not to dwell on things in the past and instead we looked ahead to the next week," said the senior signal-caller. "Everyone was disappointed after the game, but we knew there was nothing we could do to change what happened."
Northeast caught the Gophers off guard with an onsides kick to open the game, but failed to put any points on the scoreboard. The Eagles moved the ball down inside the Gophers' 30-yard line but were halted by a succession of miscues.
In the series, the Eagles lost four yards on a fumble, were penalized for a false start, were called for holding and finally were forced to punt after an illegal block put them in a fourth-and-38-yard situation.
"We had chances to go up (in the first half) but we didn't," said Northeast coach Bart Rader. "Everything went the way we wanted to to start the game, but we killed ourselves. We shot ourselves in the foot."
Glen Burnie took advantage of the Eagles' wounded limb by manufacturing a seven-play scoring drive that covered 64 yards. Senior Andrew Baldwin put the visitors on the board with two seconds remaining in the first quarter, when he ran it in from six yards out.
"As soon as they score, we tend to let down," said Rader. "We're a slow-moving team. We move the ball down the field in 20 pieces and that's hard. Our offense is not explosive. We don't have a big runner or a fast runner or anything like that, so we're not going to rip off 74-yard touchdown runs. Plodding takes a long time."
The Gophers held Northeast's laggard offensive attack on the ensuing series and then needed only one play to return to the end zone. On the play, running back Dennis White, who finished the game with 122 yards on 16 carries, found nothing off tackle, bounced outside and scampered 71 yards to put Glen Burnie out front 12-0 with nine minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the half.
"We started running our fullback up the middle, and we were getting five or six yards a clip," said Rigot. "Once their defense started looking for that, it opened up other things.
"Our offensive line really did a good job blocking, and that was the difference. Our tackles and our guards blocked well, and our backs blocked well in the gaps."
Ash echoed Rigot's review of the Gopher offensive line: "The line blocked great and kept people from shooting the gaps."
Glen Burnie put the finishing touches on its 18-point first half when Ash found Kyle Hackett all alone down the left sideline for a touchdown that covered 36 yards.
"He called the play," said Rigot of the 36-yard touchdown pass to end the half. "He is really a heads-up kid and he picked it up (the opening) right away. He did a good job."
Glen Burnie failed to get on the scoreboard in the second half due in part to penalties and a stubborn Northeast defense.
After the game, Rader had mixed emotions over his Eagles' performance.
"I thought we played much better on defense the second half, and I think the kids learned that they can play with these teams," he said. "If they would have blown us away 36 or 40 to nothing, I would have said 'what's the sense.' "But, when we play them 0-0 in the second half, at least they learned, if they play a little harder and put forth a little more effort when they have the momentum, as we did in the first half, maybe things would have been different."