Glenelg a champ on late TD

Score at :07 turns aside Wilde Lake, wins county


November 04, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Glenelg's 16-year wait for another Howard County football championship ended in dramatic fashion yesterday, as Jay Hamilton scored the winning touchdown with seven seconds left to defeat host Wilde Lake, 28-21.

"If you know you can win, you always have that drive to keep on pounding it and pounding it, no matter who you play," Hamilton said. "That's what this team is all about this year. We have confidence and we believe we're the best."

Glenelg (9-0 overall, 8-0 in county) holds a three-game lead over Centennial (6-3, 5-3), Oakland Mills (5-4, 5-3) and Long Reach (6-3, 5-3) with one game to play.

Glenelg's coronation didn't come without nervous moments. Wilde Lake (5-4, 4-4), which knows a thing or two about winning county titles, played inspired and was in a great position to win thanks to Austin Merrills (27 carries, 191 yards).

The Wildecats tied the game at 21 with four minutes remaining on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Charles Berlin to Cameron Golden, and even got the ball back at their own 20-yard line with 40 seconds left after forcing a Glenelg punt. But on Wilde Lake's first play, Berlin was intercepted by Glenelg linebacker Lee Hufnagel at the 30-yard line, setting the stage for the game-ending drama.

"I saw how much time was on the clock and I was just looking at the end zone thinking nothing's going to stop me," Hamilton said. "I knew I had to suck it up and make a play for us."

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