Ganascioli turns on Centennial, gives No. 6 Glenelg 20-0 victory

90-yard scoring run caps Gladiators' rise to 6-0 mark


October 14, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Sometimes, you only get one chance to wrap up Glenelg running back Kevin Ganascioli. Otherwise, he's off to the end zone.

Other times, you get six or seven chances, and it still doesn't matter.

Centennial's defense learned that lesson the hard way yesterday as Ganascioli busted loose in the third quarter for a 90-yard touchdown run, which was the defining moment in the Gladiators' 20-0 victory over the Eagles.

Both teams came into the game unbeaten, but No. 6 Glenelg (6-0 overall, 5-0 Howard County) made certain it was the only team that would leave that way.

After a close first half in which Glenelg took a 6-0 lead on quarterback Tim Phelps' 1-yard touchdown run, Ganascioli's 90-yard burst ended Centennial's hopes early in the third quarter.

Ganascioli took a handoff on Glenelg's 10-yard line and went wide left on a sweep. But the 6-foot-1 junior didn't like what he saw and cut back across the entire field. A handful of missed tackles later, Ganascioli was racing down the sideline, out-running two Eagles defenders to the end zone. Centennial fell to 5-1, 4-1.

"That was really demoralizing," said Glenelg coach John Davis. "Kevin just used his athletic ability and literally made everybody miss. It was just incredible."

Ganascioli, who finished with 178 yards on 15 carries, was glad he scored, otherwise he figured he would have had plenty to answer for on the sideline.

"One thing Coach says is never cut it back. He's always like, `Get up field, get what you can.' But I just couldn't. As I was coming back, Rob [Lahayne] and Kenny [Dunsmore] got two awesome blocks which opened it up big time."

Said Eagles coach Ed Holshue: "The Ganascioli run really broke our back. Our tackling was just pitiful. That pretty much sealed our fate."

Glenelg's hard-hitting defense had little trouble making the 13-0 lead hold up. The Gladiators clamped down on Pat Davis, who had 20 yards on seven carries. Glenelg surrendered only 143 yards, and a big chunk of those came after the game was out of reach.

"We studied their offense like crazy, watched film every day," said Glenelg linebacker Rob LaHayne, who also anchored a line that helped Glenelg rush for 322 yards. "We were ready for everything they were going to do."

Long Reach 28, Wilde Lake 7: Sparked by a trick play that produced a touchdown, the Lightning (4-2, 3-2 Howard County) recorded its first victory over the Wildecats (4-2, 3-2) in the school's six-year history.

Calvin Maragh scored on the special play, the first time that the standout running back had ever lined up at tight end, and the first of his two touchdowns for the day.

Long Reach put Maragh in motion and no one covered the tight end. He broke wide-open ran 51 yards for a score and a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.

"We played our best game of the season," said Maragh, whose 21-yard touchdown run iced the game in the fourth quarter.

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