Long Reach ends Glenelg's playoff hopes, 41-0

Five turnovers boost Lightning, which limits Gladiators to 4 total yards

November 07, 1999|By MIKE FRAINIE | By MIKE FRAINIE,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Glenelg came to Long Reach yesterday knowing that four solid quarters would put it in the state Class 1A football playoffs. The number four did play a prominent part in the game, but unfortunately for the Gladiators (6-4, 5-4) the four represented yardage - total yardage.

Long Reach (7-3, 7-2) used five turnovers (four interceptions and one fumble recovery), a stifling defense and a key injury to Glenelg quarterback Zack McQuigg to post a 41-0 victory in a Howard County League game, the final game for both teams.

Running back Robert Francois paced the Lightning with 82 yards rushing on nine carries, two interceptions and one touchdown.

The Lightning, which finished with 389 total yards, never punted.

McQuigg, who has been having back problems all season, reinjured his back on the first play of the game.

"I was tackled on the first play, and it twisted. I could feel pain in my lower back all the way down to my knee," said McQuigg, who did not return.

That left the game in the hands of freshman Kevin Ganaschioli, a JV starter who had only practiced for a week and a half with the varsity.

"He was in a tough spot, and I think he did an admirable job," said Glenelg coach John Davis.

Admirable, but not enough.

"There's a little revenge in this game," said Long Reach quarter-back Stewart Long. "We had a shot (at the playoffs] last season, and they beat us in the final week to kill any chance."

Long Reach coach Pete Hughes did admit feeling a little revenge, but chose instead to focus on his team's effort.

"Everyone knocks our secondary and says we're weak against the pass, but every time we know were going to play a passing team, we step up," said Hughes. In addition to Francois' two interceptions, the Lightning had take-aways by Joe Hamilton and Bill Clark.

"We have some great athletes back there, and they covered like a blanket today," said Hughes.

As for the Gladiators, this was not the ending to the regular season they had envisioned.

"I would have liked to have played them at full strength," said Davis. "We are a 1A school that plays in a league with 2A and 3A schools. They have 31 seniors leaving their program today. We have 25 kids total on our roster. An injury to us is extremely significant."

Wilde Lake 17, Mount Hebron 7: Chad Fawcett threw for 140 yards and a touchdown as the host Wlldecats held off the Vikings. Jon Quinn clinched the win for Wllde Lake with an interception return for a touchdown with five minutes left.

Oakland Mills 42, Centennial 16: Chris Barnes ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and J. T Rembert ran for 110 yards and scored three touchdowns as the Scorpions (2-8, 2-7) defeated the Eagles (2-8, 2-7) in Howard County League play. Oakland Mills finished with 332 yards rushing.

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