Glenelg runs to win over Centennial

Gladiators gain 381 yards on ground in 26-0 victory

Football

September 07, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Glenelg football team is still successfully doing things the old-fashioned way.

The defending Howard County champion Gladiators won their 16th straight league game yesterday by controlling the clock with their signature double-wing offense.

Meanwhile, Glenelg's defense shut down host Centennial's more modern, multiple-receiver sets in a convincing 26-0 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Senior running back Kevin Ganascioli finished with 160 yards on 19 carries and an 83-yard touchdown run. Junior running back Tim Siders added 85 yards on 13 carries as Glenelg rushed for 381 yards and held possession for 33:47 out of 48 minutes.

"We've got to show everybody what we're made of," said Ganascioli, whose team graduated five first-team All-County players. "People think we're a different team. We're not. We're still the same Glenelg. We're going to keep on pounding it unless we have to change, but we're not going to have to."

On the other side, Centennial's offense struggled under new coach Ross Hannon. Operating with three, four and sometimes five wide receivers, junior quarterback Jonathan Dupski threw incompletions on his first five passes and finished 8-for-16 for 71 yards and one interception.

Glenelg dominated in every statistical category, out-gaining the Eagles 399 yards to 99 and holding an 18-4 edge in first downs. The Gladiators attempted a pass on their second play from scrimmage, which Centennial junior Matt Lambie intercepted, then ran on their next 37 plays.

On the 38th play, Glenelg senior quarterback Tim Phelps connected with senior fullback Bryan Walsh for an 18-yard touchdown pass.

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