Last year, Glen Burnie hung in the Anne Arundel County Class AAAA race until the eighth week. Then, lopsided losses to Severna Park and Old Mill knocked the Gophers from contention.
Both coach Dave Rigot and his players say that things could be a lot different this time around.
Last night, a Glen Burnie (3-0 league, 5-1) team that Rigot called "just plain hungry" stayed atop the league race with a 16-0 victory over visiting Meade.
The Gophers used Dan Whitmoyer's 31-yard field goal and a 44-yard touchdown pass from Carlton Ash to Lee Kinzler to build a 9-0 lead before the rains came at halftime.
Both offenses struggled in the driving rain before Sam Bestpitch recovered a fumble by Meade (1-1, 1-5) quarterback John Oxendine at the Mustangs 2, setting up Andrew Baldwin's touchdown plunge with 7 minutes, 3 seconds left.
"We have 17 lettermen back from last year. They had a little taste of victory then, and just don't want to give it up," Rigot said.
"We're playing really good 'D' and pursuing really well. I think it's just come down to a matter of pride -- the kids just want to win."
None were more instrumental in shutting down Meade's wishbone last night than linebackers William Dorsey and Baldwin.
"Because most of us are seniors, it's our last dance," said Dorsey, who had 13 tackles from his slot in the middle. "We're going to do it all this time."
"Come back on a dry day and we'll show you what 'show time' is all about," Dorsey said.
Baldwin ran for 60 yards on 13 carries and caught a pass for 11 yards in addition to excelling at outside linebacker.