Breaks going Wilson, Glen Burnie's way

SIDELINES

October 03, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

Things are looking up for Glen Burnie's football team, and word that coach Brad Wilson will be on the sideline tonight is yet another plus.

Wilson was ejected late in the first half of Monday's 22-20 win over Southern-AA (3-1) at Glen Burnie after receiving two unsportsmanlike penalties with his team leading 6-0.

Normally a coach or player ejected must sit out the next game, but after game officials reviewed what had happened earlier this week, Wilson was told Wednesday he can coach tonight at North County.

"The officials told me that there was nothing flagrant enough to keep me from coaching," said Wilson, whose team is 2-2. "In 20 years, I've never had a problem

"I was walking backwards to our sideline as a play was starting after I had been out there during a timeout. I saw a flag on the field and asked the officials who it was on.

"One official claimed I had bumped him as he ran by me and that the flag was on me. I told him it was a [bad] call and then one of the veteran officials came over and told me I had two unsportsmanlike penalties and that I had to go."

Wilson said he asked one official what would happen if he didn't leave and was told play would not resume until he did or there could be a forfeit.

Wilson told his staff to coach by committee, with Pat Kostkowski and Doug Shreiber running the offense and Kevin Powell the defense. Wilson watched the rest of the game from behind a fence as the Gophers won on a 17-yard field goal by Nazim Bouadjami with 24 seconds left.

"It was a great win because Southern is an excellent team and was unbeaten," said Wilson. "I thought we had a good team coming into the season, but we fumbled away our first two games to South River [27-16 loss] and Broadneck [19-0 defeat].

"The kids really focused after we beat Meade [24-14]. It was a win we really needed and getting that under our belts helped our confidence. Beating Southern the way we did has really given our kids a new attitude."

Offensively, the Gophers have been led by senior quarterback Cody Myers, who threw two touchdown passes in Monday's win over Southern, and wide receivers Glen Harrison, Dale Anderson and Shane O'Brien. Returning all-county two-way tackle Brandon Albert (6 feet 7, 320 pounds) anchors the offensive and defensive lines that average 6-3, 280.

"Our offensive and defensive lines are clearly the strength of our team," said Wilson."

Test for Old Mill

Old Mill's football team faces a tough opponent tonight in its first game since being ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. The Patriots (4-0), who have been averaging 33.5 points per game, play host to defensive-minded Severna Park (3-1) at 7:15 p.m.

The visiting Falcons, who have given up a total of 18 points in four games, will be the best team the Patriots have played so far. Old Mill coach Mike Marcus knows that well after last year's visit by the Falcons.

A host of Falcons returnees played a part in last season's 12-6 win over the Patriots. Old Mill's rushing attack was shut down by the Falcons, who are hoping for an encore against this year's Devin Bradley-led offense.

"We're a lot younger than people realize and I just don't know how good a football team we really are," said Marcus.

"We only have 16 seniors. People are putting a target on our backs, but if that's the case, we'll try to live up to it. Devin played in the shadow of [All-Metro running back] Brashaad Mayweather the past two years and didn't get that many carries last year. So, he's very young and very inexperienced, but has worked hard to take advantage of his moment."

Defensively, the Patriots had only three returning starters, including University of Maryland-bound defensive back Kevin Barnes, who also plays wide receiver for the Patriots.

"Kevin has done a good job on both sides of the ball for us," Marcus said.

"He impressed the Maryland people in June at their camp and, obviously, with early tape and the fact that he is a great kid and good student, Maryland was very interested. He committed early and it was a great match for him because they're taking five-six d-backs this year. And sometimes, it's just being in the right place at the right time."

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