Glenelg, Centennial vie to stay unbeaten

Gladiators, upstart Eagles set for football showdown


High School

October 12, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Both coaches swear it's just another midseason football game.

But there is no denying that when Glenelg and Centennial take the field tomorrow, the teams will kick off the biggest game of the county season through the first six weeks.

The Gladiators (5-0 overall, 4-0 in county) were expected to be one of the contenders for the county title this season and are currently No. 6 in The Sun rankings. But Centennial (5-0, 4-0), perhaps surprisingly, has been almost as good, riding a solid running game and a tough defense to the No. 10 ranking.

Not too shabby for two teams not often considered traditional league powers.

"I think with both of our teams coming off good seasons a year ago, if someone had asked [Centennial coach Ed Holshue] and I at the beginning, we could have both seen ourselves in this position," said Glenelg coach John Davis.

"They're a very good football team. It's probably going to come down to who makes the fewest mistakes."

Both teams are coming off solid victories. Glenelg earned a last-minute, 33-28 win over River Hill, while Centennial downed Mount Hebron, 26-13.

"I don't think anyone has any expectations that we'll beat [Glenelg]," Holshue said. "That's fine. We feel we can compete with them if we play our best. So far, their offense has been awesome; no one's stopped them. We're the next one that's going to try."

Shutting down Gladiators running back Kevin Ganascioli would be a start. Ganascioli is second on the team in rushing with 516 yards, but has scored nine touchdowns.

"We're not going to change our game plan," Davis said. "I'm not sure they have as much depth as we do, so hopefully that will be an advantage."

Said Holshue: "If we can slow them down some, I think we can be in the game. If it's close in the fourth quarter, I like my chances."


Centennial's Lindsay Feller pretty much fell in love with the city of Boston at the start, which was a big factor in her choosing to play volleyball for Northeastern University next year.

"I've heard that Boston is just a great town," Feller said. "There's always something to do there. I went on an official visit and met the team and the coach and it really looked like people I wanted to be around."

Feller, the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior last season, has helped lead the Eagles to a 8-1 record this season and the No. 4 national ranking.

Though she was recruited by several other schools, Feller said Northeastern was an easy choice.

"I knew that I liked it when I went there in August, so I just wanted to finalize it after that," she said.

Centennial coach Mike Bossom said he expects setter Molly Reitz - out with a shoulder separation since a Sept. 20 loss to Dulaney - to begin hitting some serves next week.

"Hopefully we'll get her back when she feels comfortable," Bossom said. "We've had some people playing well in her absence, but you can't beat a 6-foot-2, left-handed setter."


Wilde Lake's 2-1 upset of River Hill last week - the Hawks' first league loss since 1999 - did more than just turn some heads, it put the county title up for grabs between four teams.

River Hill (8-2, 4-1), Centennial (8-2, 4-1), Hammond (9-1, 4-1) and Mount Hebron (7-2, 4-1) each have only one league loss, but the Hawks, winners of four consecutive county titles, clearly have the toughest home stretch.

No. 5-ranked River Hill plays No. 7 Centennial today, then meets up with No. 9 Hammond and No. 8 Mount Hebron next week before finishing with Howard.

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