River Hill hits 4-0 with 12-6 victory over Long Reach

Mistakes pile up, spoiling Lightning's homecoming


High Schools

September 29, 2002|By Nathan Max | Nathan Max,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

River Hill's football team has officially been upgraded from a sleeper to a contender in the Howard County League.

Senior quarterback Chris Martin completed eight of 12 passes for 112 yards, and an opportunistic Hawks team took advantage of numerous Long Reach miscues to spoil the Lightning's homecoming, 12-6, yesterday.

Host River Hill (4-0 overall, 4-0 league) made a goal-line stand with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter to preserve a 10-6 lead. Senior linebacker Paul Ridge tackled Long Reach running back Davon Gilmore for no gain on fourth-and-inches from just outside the 1-yard line.

It was the second time the Hawks prevented the Lightning from scoring inside their 10. In the second quarter, River Hill senior cornerback Pete Calvo intercepted Long Reach's Trent Covington in the end zone.

In the first quarter, Ridge blocked a Long Reach punt inside the 10 to set up the Hawks' only touchdown.

"This was a total team effort," said Martin, who also rushed for 32 yards on nine carries.

"Not one individual had an outstanding performance. We did it as a team. Defense stopped them on the 1-yard line twice. The second time, they still could have gotten a first down and had four downs to get it into the end zone."

True to Martin's words, no River Hill player accumulated more than 51 yards. The leader was junior running back Tim Morgan, who rushed 22 times for 51 yards. His 1-yard touchdown run gave the Hawks a 10-0 lead.

On the other side, Long Reach (2-2, 1-2) hurt itself. The Lightning fumbled seven times in the opening 14 minutes, although it only lost one.

One possession after River Hill's third-quarter goal-line stand, Long Reach forced the Hawks to punt from deep in their own territory. But instead of getting the ball at the River Hill 40, a roughing-the-kicker penalty gave River Hill the ball back.

The Hawks drove to the Long Reach 30 and pinned the Lightning on its own 1 with a punt.

Three plays later, Long Reach opted to take a safety instead of punting out of its own end zone. The decision worked, and the Lightning had one final chance with plenty of time remaining. But Covington threw his second interception with 4:14 left, and River Hill ran out the clock.

"I'm just in shock," said Long Reach coach Pete Hughes. "We're just playing undisciplined football, and as a staff we've just got to go back, re-evaluate and become disciplined again."

No. 2 Hereford 29, No. 9 Eastern Tech 12: Adam Goloboski ran for 177 yards, scored three touchdowns, intercepted a pass and recovered an onside kick in the Bulls' victory over the Mavericks at CCBC-Essex.

Hereford (4-0 overall, 3-0 Baltimore County 2A-1A League) rolled up 308 yards on 30 carries in earning its 17th straight victory. Ryan Shupert ran for 90 of those yards.

Dietrich Wright led Eastern (2-2, 2-1) with 128 all-purpose yards. He caught a 73-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.

Mike Frainie contributed to this article.

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