Howard holds off Glenelg, 33-31 Lions force 3 turnovers in subduing Gladiators

September 28, 1997|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

It looked good on paper and didn't disappoint.

In a game billed as a matchup between two football squads battling to be the best team in Howard County outside of Wilde Lake, Howard rode the rushing of sophomore tailback Gerald Smith and senior fullback JaBre Morrison and forced three turnovers by Glenelg yesterday to edge the Gladiators, 33-31.

The game wasn't decided until Lions junior defensive back Anthony Aceves stripped Glenelg's senior running back Kendall Stewart and recovered the football with 42 seconds left in the final quarter.

"That was nerve-wracking," said Howard coach Vince Parnell. "Every time we thought that we had the game under control, we didn't. Glenelg kept coming back and wouldn't quit, and that's a credit to their players and their coaches."

Gladiators coach John Davis looked as exhausted as some of his players.

"That takes a lot out of you," Davis said with a tired smile. "We can't come back from our mistakes and expect to win. At the same time, our guys played hard in the second half, and I'm proud to see that they did not quit."

The Lions (2-1, 3-1 overall) started well, scoring three touchdowns on their first four possessions.

Junior quarterback Jonathon LaRoche capped an eight-play drive by connecting with senior wide receiver Jabraille Jackson on a 4-yard touchdown only 3: 41 into the first quarter.

After Glenelg (2-1, 2-2 overall) punted, Smith ran 35 yards down the left side of the field for his ninth touchdown of the season for a 12-0 lead with 4: 20 left in the quarter.

Two possessions later and 10 seconds into the second quarter, Morrison followed a superb block by Smith and rumbled 49 yards to make it 18-0.

Glenelg sophomore quarterback Zack McQuigg put his team on the scoreboard with a 9-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Whit Faris with 6: 25 left in the first half.

The Gladiators' opening drive of the second half included the Gladiators recovering a fumble on a punt and senior fullback Chip Horman's 3-yard plow into the end zone to make it 18-16 with 6: 14 left in the third quarter.

But Morrison and Smith did it again, scoring rushing touchdowns on two successive Lions' possessions to stretch the lead to 33-16 with 6: 33 left in the fourth quarter.

A little more than a minute later, Horman scored his second touchdown of the game. The Gladiators recovered an onside kick, and McQuigg ran 1 yard for another touchdown to cut the lead to 33-31.

After Howard gave up the ball on downs with 1: 28 left, McQuigg (15 of 27 for 183 yards passing) connected with Stewart, who was promptly stripped the ball on the 50-yard line by Aceves.

Smith gained 227 yards on 15 carries and Morrison had 118 yards on 13 carries.

Wilde Lake 39, Mount Hebron 0: Danny Bayron ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats (4-0) rolled over the Vikings. Wilde Lake's defense had three interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Atholton 18, Hammond 12: Wade Zancan scored 12 of Atholton's 18 points in a win over visiting Hammond (2-2). Zancan rushed for a touchdown and a two-point conversion and kicked an extra-point field goal and a field goal to help Atholton (3-1).

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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