Glenelg wears down Oakland Mills

Gardner's diving TD catch caps comeback as streak grows to 21 games, 28-13


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October 20, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For the second straight week against a quality opponent, seventh-ranked Glenelg showed resiliency, the ability to make the big offensive play and the power to wear down teams in the second half with a ball-control offense.

The result yesterday was a 28-13, come-from-behind victory over Oakland Mills that stretched the unbeaten Gladiators' league winning streak to 21 games before a large crowd at Glenelg.

Tim Siders rushed 16 times for 146 yards, Kevin Ganascioli ran 25 times for 106 yards and Bryan Walsh carried 13 times for 85 yards for Glenelg.

But it was a diving 36-yard pass reception by Randy Gardner that was the pivotal play of the game. The touchdown catch with 28 seconds left in the first half boosted the Gladiators (7-0 overall, 6-0 league) to a 14-13 lead they never surrendered.

"Randy can't be covered one-on-one," Glenelg coach John Davis said. "He has great hands, speed, a feel for where the ball is going and he is still just learning the game. He should be a scholarship kid."

Gardner tried to hook up with quarterback Tim Phelps on the play previous to the touchdown on an incomplete deep sideline pattern.

"I went back to the huddle and told Tim they had the outside guarded because they were playing deep, and told him to throw it to me over the middle. So I started out on the same route and just cut it inside," said the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gardner, playing just his second season of football. "It was a beautiful pass."

Siders broke three big runs of 34, 23 and 18 yards, the last two coming on the same drive that ended with Glenelg's third touchdown on a 1-yard keeper by Phelps.

"Randy's catch was our best play of the year," Siders said. "It gave us momentum we needed to go into the locker room. After that, we knew it was our game, because we are a second-half team. We didn't give up any second-half points to Long Reach or Oakland Mills."

Glenelg dominated offensively in the second half, running 37 plays to 10 for Oakland Mills (5-2, 3-2). The Scorpions had run 32 plays to Glenelg's 31 in the first half.

"Our offensive line did a great job," Glenelg's Davis said. "Our outside sweeps opened up the inside stuff."

That line consisted of Ty Moyer, Nick Dankanich, Josh Weszka, Brian Behe, Mike Hedlesky and Eric Elmer.

Glenelg's final touchdown, following an Oakland Mills fumble that Ganascioli recovered at the Scorpions' 37-yard line, came on a 23-yard run by Walsh.

"Losing C. J. King to an injury in the second quarter hurt us," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said. "With no other big guy to go to, it changed out whole outlook. As soon as we have to pass, it puts a lot of pressure on our freshman quarterback [Nick Finney]."

King rushed 10 times for 46 yards, but didn't play the second half. Finney completed nine of 21 passes for 101 yards, including touchdown passes of 19 yards to Dennis Lange and 20 yards to Darryl Pastor in the second quarter.

"Against Glenelg, you have to get a lead so they have to gamble and just can't hold the ball," Hovet said. "Their size wore on us. And they are disciplined and don't get out of their game. We missed a lot of tackles at the point of attack."

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