Believe it: River Hill keeps rolling, 21-6 Once-lowly Hawks dump Glenelg to improve to 3-0

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September 20, 1998|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Playing River Hill has usually meant an opportunity to rack up the points and chalk up an easy victory. Try and tell that to Howard County's only undefeated team.

Behind Jason Fawcett's 134 yards rushing and an overbearing defensive performance, the once-lowly Hawks continued their win parade, charging past host Glenelg yesterday, 21-6.

Welcome to a new era for River Hill (3-0, 2-0 in Howard County), which yesterday surpassed its combined three-year history win total to become one of the area's best turnaround stories this season.

"The last two years here, it wasn't fun," said Fawcett, a junior fullback, referring to the Hawks' 2-18 record before this season, which included several routs. "I mean, I love football, but it's not fun losing. It's fun winning, though."

Yet River Hill, which lost to Glenelg by four touchdowns last year, doesn't appear rattled when its new-found success

becomes threatened. After Glenelg (1-2, 1-1) cut its deficit to 14-6 late in the third quarter, the Hawks pushed right back.

The River Hill defense clamped down in the fourth, as the Gladiators had minus-23 yards in total offense.

Then late in the fourth quarter, the Hawks methodically completed an eight-play, 25-yard drive that used 3 1/2 minutes to finish off Glenelg. It was capped by a broken play in which quarterback Steve Glasgow improvised a 2-yard scramble into the end zone.

"I think you make your own luck," Glasgow said. "Last year, we never would have been down there on the 2-yard line."

River Hill flexed its power on its offensive line early, creating wide holes for Fawcett and helping the Hawks score touchdowns on two of their three first-half possessions.

After Glenelg stalled on its opening drive, River Hill seized control by taking the ball deep into Gladiators' territory. The Hawks didn't even flinch on fourth down at Glenelg's 17-yard line, as Glasgow confidently zipped a touchdown pass over the middle to Justin Curtis.

Fawcett then set up River Hill's second touchdown with a 41-yard run that put the Hawks at the Gladiators' 25-yard line. Nine plays later, Fawcett scored on a 3-yard run up the middle to put River Hill ahead 14-0.

Glenelg closed to withing 14-6 with 1: 18 left in the third quarter, when Maurice Mohammed raced for a 23-yard touchdown. But the Hawks' defense never wavered, holding the Gladiators without a first down for the rest of the game.

River Hill has prided itself on defense this season. The Hawks have only given up a total of 22 points in their three games, and recorded four sacks along with four tackles behind the line of scrimmage yesterday.

"I think their team stepped up," said Glenelg quarterback Zack McQuigg, whose team had averaged 26 points entering yesterday's game. "They had a different defensive front than we've faced. We worked on it this week, trying to go against it. But it was too much for us."

Oakland Mills 12, Centennial 7: T. J. Welsh completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Tom Brown with 2: 14 left to lift the Scorpions (2-1) over the host Eagles (2-1). Welsh threw for 144 yards on 4-of-15 passing.

Howard 36, Atholton 0: Jon LaRoche threw for a touchdown and converted two two-point conversions as the Lions (2-1) rolled over the Raiders (1-2). Howard's Gerald Smith rushed 17 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

John Carroll 21, No. 13 Mt. St. Joseph 20: Joe Smyth's third sack of the game with 48 seconds left helped the Patriots put the finishing touches on an upset of the Gaels. The victory for the homestanding Patriots (2-0) of the MIAA B Conference was the program's first over an A Conference team. Russ Cremen's third extra point of the afternoon was the game-winner.

Eastern Tech 33, Dundalk 3: Ray Jones ran for 242 yards on 20 carries and five touchdowns to lead the Mavericks (3-0) over the host Owls (1-2). Jones had scoring runs of 8, 71, 29, 6 and 3 yards and has eight touchdowns this season.

Woodlawn 50, Dulaney 7: Quarterback Vincent Fuller ran for three touchdowns, including a 95-yarder, and threw for another as the host Warriors (2-1) blitzed the Lions.

Randallstown 40, Towson 0: Marshell Contee ran for 129 yards, including a 78-yarder, as the Rams (2-1) blanked the Generals (0-3). Randallstown quarterback Archie Trader scored twice.

Pub Date: 9/20/98

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