Glenelg defense stymies Oak. Mills

No. 10 Gladiators top No. 8 Scorpions, 21-6

Football

High Schools

October 19, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg safety Scott Dunsmore knew the secondary would be tested yesterday by Oakland Mills quarterback Nick Finney, who entered the game with 1,083 yards passing and 11 touchdowns.

But the Gladiators picked off two passes en route to a 21-6 victory at Oakland Mills.

"He's got a cannon, but Brian Hahn and J.P. Debrowski put some pressure on him [Finney] and made him throw some bad passes," said Dunsmore, whose interception was his third this season. Joe Blodgett also had a pick.

It was No. 10 Glenelg's fifth straight victory over the No. 8 Scorpions, extending Glenelg's regular-season winning streak to 33 games and its league winning streak to 30 games. That kept the Gladiators (7-0, 7-0) in first place in Howard County and gave Oakland Mills (5-2, 4-2) its second loss.

Dunsmore's interception was on the fourth play of the game at the Glenelg 42. And the Gladiators then drove 58 yards in 10 plays to score on a 15-yard run by Tim Siders.

"I didn't expect Oakland Mills to be so big," said Dunsmore. "But that's how it is every week. Everyone seems to be bigger than us."

Finney completed 12 of 22 passes, but for only 80 yards. He was missing two of his top receivers, Kevin Beaman, who was out with a concussion, and Domonique Owens, who couldn't play after being ejected from last week's game. Anthony Evans was his chief target, catching eight passes for 46 yards.

"We couldn't do anything offensively," said Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet. "Nick [Finney] hurt his finger playing defense in the second quarter and couldn't throw well again until the second half."

Glenelg went up 14-0 on a 1-yard run by fullback Stephen Bullard on the first play of the second quarter, capping a nine-play, 39-yard drive helped by a face-mask penalty.

Oakland Mills hurt itself several times on penalties, including an illegal procedure on first down at Glenelg's 29 in the second quarter that stalled a 50-yard, 11-play drive.

Oakland Mills' top running back, C.J. King, was held to 71 yards on 19 carries. His longest run was 12 yards.

"We knew King was a great runner and Oakland Mills was a great second-half team," said Glenelg linebacker Justin Frederick. "But our line controlled the game. It was a very important game."

Glenelg scored the game-clinching touchdown early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Bullard. A 29-yard run by Siders and a 15-yard run by Mike Chase were the 61-yard drive's longest plays.

Siders, the county's leading rusher, gained 108 yards on 21 carries.

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