Barnoski, Glenelg use rare path to victory

With 1:37 left, his first TD defeats River Hill, 33-28

Football

October 07, 2001|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Yesterday was extra special for senior Ryan Barnoski, a receiver for sixth-ranked and run-oriented Glenelg.

With 1:37 left in the game at River Hill, Barnoski caught a 21-yard pass from quarterback Tim Phelps to lift the visiting Gladiators to a 33-28 Howard County League victory.

"He threw a perfect pass, and I was lucky enough to be in the right place," said Barnoski. "This is my first touchdown."

The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 20. Kenny Dunsmore's 2-yard run capped an eight play, 54-yard drive that put the Gladiators (5-0, 4-0 county) up, 27-20, with 9:33 remaining.

River Hill (2-3, 2-2 county) responded on its next drive. After Chris Martin returned the ensuing kickoff to Glenelg's 49-yard line, quarterback Matt Hostetler mixed the run and pass well in a 13-play drive. When Curt Gilliam caught Hostetler's 14-yard touchdown pass, the Hawks trailed by one.

John Clark then caught Hostetler's pass on the two-point conversion try for a 28-27 Hawks lead with 3:11 left.

The Gladiators patiently worked the clock, using a 24-yard run by Jay Hamilton (23 carries, 158 yards) and Joey Isaacs' 13-yard reception for a first down on the River Hill 21 with 1:44 to play.

At that point, Barnoski burst off the left side of the line and found himself wide open in the middle of the end zone. Phelps' pass gave the Gladiators a 33-28 lead. The run for the two-point conversion failed.

"It's kind of frustrating," said River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen. "We worked on stopping the run all week, and then we get beat by a pass."

River Hill's passing worked the ball down to the Glenelg 30. After a holding call moved the ball back to the 45, Hostetler (21-of-34, two touchdowns) threw four straight incompletions - the last with 14.8 seconds left - to end the drive.

"This was an old-fashioned shootout, said Glenelg coach John Davis. "I have to give [River Hill] a ton of credit. They were ready for everything we did."

Martin finished with nine catches for 101 yards and a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

"I proud of the effort my team gave," Van Deusen said. Glenelg is "probably the best team in the county, and we were right there with them."

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