Glenelg celebrates win that 'defies all logic' Gladiators pare down powerful Long Reach, 14-10

Howard notebook

November 03, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg (3-6) sprung the football upset of the season Saturday, cutting down Long Reach, 14-10.

"This defies all logic," Glenelg coach John Davis said. "It's our biggest upset in my years here."

Long Reach (5-4), which is the defending region champ and had strong playoff hopes when the season began, is one of the bigger, faster and deeper teams in the county. Glenelg is one of the smaller and slower teams.

But the Gladiators made the plays when they had to, and Long Reach didn't.

"There was nothing spectacular about this," Davis said. "We still missed tackles, but just not as many. We mixed our unbalanced sets with our regular sets and threw off their coverage and alignments. We stayed on top of our keys and were in the right places at the right times."

No turnovers and the ability to maintain good field position were two other keys for Glenelg.

Long Reach scored first on a drive capped by Devin Conwell's 2-yard run. Glenelg retaliated on a 90-yard touchdown run by Vince Pirro.

Long Reach kicked a field goal before halftime to lead 10-7.

Glenelg scored the winning touchdown late in the third quarter following a nine-play, 80-yard drive, after Long Reach missed a field goal. Pirro scored on a 9-yard run.

Big plays on the drive were a 36-yard pass from quarterback Zack McQuigg to Paul Brooks, awd a 16-yard pass to Nick Long that set up the touchdown.

McQuigg, who has passed for 1,462 yards, completed four of nine for 101 yards. Pirro ran 14 times for 109 yards.

"We didn't have any one hero," Davis said.

Matt Thrasher led the defense with 15 tackles. Clint Furr made 14 tackles and two pass deflections -- one on the goal line. Mike Rice made nine tackles and had one sack.

Brook's punt to the Long Reach 1-yard lie with fewer than four minutes to play proved a big play. Long Reach drove into Glenelg's territory but could not score.


Mat coaches needed

The county needs junior varsity wrestling coaches for Howard, Mount Hebron, Long Reach and Wilde Lake. Anyone interested can call Don Disney's office at 313-6631.

Deuchler will sign wth JMU

Matt Deuchler, Centennial catcher, is set to sign with James Madison University for a $10,000 per year baseball scholarship on Nov. 11.


Joey Ellis of Oakland Mills is closing in on the school record of nine interceptions now held by assistant coach Bryan Winfield. Ellis has seven picks.

Cornerback Tim Spruill (Hammond) has 25 solo tackles and 11 assists for the University of Virginia. He also has four pass break-ups and one interception.

Ron Gamble (Hammond) has started all eight games and has 26 tackles, one fumble recovery and one interception for Connecticut. Gamble is a 6-foot-2, 262- pound defensive end and a true junior for Connecticut, which is 7-1 and ranked fifth nationally in Division I-AA.


UMBC's men's soccer team is 6-2-1 with freshman Tom Wunk (Mount Hebron) in the goal. Teddy Lawler (Oakland Mills) has moved from striker to midfield this season and is helping to create goals but is scoring less. He has one goal, two assists.

South Carolina sophomore striker Matt Stephenson (Centennial) started 12 of the first 13 games, but was scoreless for the Gamecocks (10-3). Stephenson scored three goals his freshman season.

Sweeper Matt Laycock (Centennial) is red-shirting this season at North Carolina. The sophomore had knee surgery before the season, played four games and scored one goal, and then injured his other knee and decided to red-shirt.

Cornell sophomore David Briefel (Wilde Lake) has played in eight games and started three at midfield, but has not scored.


Ken Denson, one of the founding members of the Howard County Striders, died suddenly while out walking his dogs recently at his Texas home. Denson will long be remembered for his enthusiasm, high energy and encouragement of runners, especially for the yearly races and barbecue he held at his former home near Turf Valley Country Club.

Incoming Howard boys basketball coach Art St. Martin, while at Broklyn Park, coached the all-time girls public school scoring leader, Patti Dages, who holds the record with 2,262 points.

Pub Date: 11/03/98

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