Siders leads Glenelg past Long Reach, 47-21

Back gets 241 yards, 4 TDs

Gladiators improve to 6-0

Football

High Schools

October 12, 2003|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Forgive Glenelg coach John Davis if he gets a little passionate when he talks about running back Tim Siders.

"I keep hearing from recruiters that he's too small," Davis said. "I think they are all missing the boat [on Siders]. The train is leaving, so you better get on board now."

Siders was rushing at full steam yesterday, accumulating 241 yards on 15 carries and scoring four touchdowns to lead the visiting Gladiators to a 47-21 victory over Long Reach in an important Howard County League game.

The win, combined with Wilde Lake's 21-14 overtime victory over River Hill, leaves the Gladiators (6-0 overall, 6-0 league) alone in first place as the only unbeaten county team.

Siders, a senior, scored on runs of 45, 48, 66 and 44 yards. In six games this season, he has carried 87 times for 921 yards.

Joey Stancil had two interceptions, including one he returned for a 64-yard score for Glenelg.

Siders showed his amazing acceleration, scoring three of his touchdowns on sweeps where he waited patiently for a hole, and then burst down the sideline.

"He's capable of achieving those numbers every week," Davis said. "We usually take him out at the half."

When told that Siders reminds some of Steve Suter, who attended North Carroll and now plays for Maryland, Davis agreed.

"That's an excellent comparison," Davis said. "Everybody thought Suter was too small, too. I think college recruiters need to wake up. He's legitimate, just like Suter was."

Siders was humble in assessing his big day.

"Wow, I didn't realize I had that many [yards]," Siders said. "I've never broken 200 before, and they weren't easy yards. Give Long Reach credit: They were really hitting out there."

Long Reach (3-3, 3-3) trailed 26-14 late in the first half, but cut the margin to 26-21 when Brandon Goff caught a pass from Trent Covington at his own 43, then outran the Glenelg defense for a 73-yard touchdown with 2:37 left in the half.

After holding Glenelg on the next possession, the Lightning drove 30 yards to the Glenelg 25 before time expired in the half.

The second half was all Glenelg. The Gladiators scored on a 6-yard pass from Justin Field to Matt Nicola with 8:12 left in the third quarter to run the lead to 33-21. Siders scored his last touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:16 left in the game to ice the victory.

Long Reach coach Pete Hughes was not at all pleased with his team's effort. The Lightning gave up 342 yards of total offense, and the offense wasn't any better.

"I don't know, it's a mystery to me," said Hughes, referring his team's inability to score in the second half for the fourth consecutive game. "I've been involved in coaching defenses for 22 years, and that's the worst defensive performance I've ever been a part of."

Hughes was very complimentary of Siders, though.

"He's got my vote as Player of the Year," Hughes said.

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