Ganascioli cuts back, cuts down Centennial

90-yard scoring run caps 20-0 win for No. 6 Glenelg, which raises record to 6-0


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 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 Eagles running back Pat Davis, who had 20 yards on seven carries. Glenelg surrendered only 143 yards on the day 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.

"This was a huge win for us. This could have been for the county championship, so we're pretty pumped right now."

Glenelg's Jay Hamilton finished with 102 yards on 22 carries. Centennial quarterback Billy Brudis finished 9-for-22 for 109 yards to lead the Eagles.

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