Glenelg's power game overwhelms Oak. Mills

Run-oriented Gladiators toss in curves in handing Scorpions 35-0 trouncing


September 16, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg coach John Davis is a student of football history whose team reflects his preference for old-style football.

That's why the Gladiators run a double wing-T offense and why their most effective scoring play so far in this 2-0 season has been one taken from a 1953 book, Michigan State Multiple Offense, written by Clarence "Biggie" Munn, a former Michigan State coach who led his team to back-to-back national titles.

Astonishingly, for a run-oriented team such as Glenelg, which wears down opponents at the line of scrimmage, the play is a pass that Davis calls simply a flag route.

The No. 11 Gladiators twice ran it perfectly yesterday for a pair of touchdowns that appeared to break Oakland Mills' spirit in the final minutes of the first half.

The first of the passing touchdowns, a 28-yarder, came with 1:17 left in the first half, and the second one, an 18-yarder, with six seconds left. Tight end Brian Hollrah scored both, giving the Gladiators a three-touchdown lead on their way to a smashing, 35-0 victory - the first time in 35 games that Oakland Mills has been shut out.

Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said: "We worked on stopping that [pass] play all week in practice."

But Glenelg set it up beautifully. The Gladiators' first 20 plays from scrimmage were runs.

"You just get sucked up by so many runs that it [the pass] is hard to stop," Davis said.

One of those runs resulted in the game's first score with 10:50 left in the second quarter - a 65-yard touchdown romp by Kevin Ganascioli, who rushed 10 times for 106 yards and two scores - his second straight 100-yard game. The junior also intercepted a pass at the 31-yard line and returned it to the 18 with 13 seconds left in the first half to set up Glenelg's third touchdown.

"We wanted it badly because they beat us [28-7] in the regular season last year," said Ganascioli, whose team, however, then turned the tables on Oakland Mills by beating the Scorpions in the state quarterfinals, 14-7.

"Everyone kept focused today despite what happened [in New York and Washington] this week," Ganascioli said. We tried to pay our respects with a moment of silence before the game and by shouting "God bless America" after the game, instead of our usual " 'Glenelg.'"

Glenelg running back Jay Hamilton played a second straight strong game, gaining 71 yards on 11 carries, but gave the credit to his line.

"Our line is awesome," he said. "We owe it everything."

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