Glenelg gets lift from Bullard, 28-6

In for Siders, sophomore helps beat Southern-AA

Class 2A South football

High Schools

November 16, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg knew it had a huge hole to fill coming into yesterday's Class 2A South region first-round playoff game against Southern-AA after it lost leading rusher Tim Siders (1,153 yards) to an ankle sprain last week.

Sophomore Stephen Bullard filled that hole yesterday by rushing for 90 yards on 16 carries, as the Gladiators broke a scoreless tie with 21 third-quarter points to defeat the visiting Bulldogs, 28-6, in a game marred by nine turnovers.

No. 6-ranked Glenelg (10-1), making its fourth straight playoff appearance, will face Potomac, a 50-27 winner over Forestville, in Saturday's regional final.

Bullard also blocked a punt at the 12-yard line, scooped it up and ran it in for Glenelg's back-breaking third touchdown that gave the Gladiators a 21-0 lead.

"They were confused on the line and I knew if I rushed my hardest, I could block it," said Bullard. "After I did, I heard our coach say, `Scoop and score.' "

Said Southern coach Russ Meyers: "That was the biggest play of the game. Our other turnovers didn't have that big of an effect."

Southern (8-3) turned over the ball five times to Glenelg's four. Five of those nine turnovers came in the final 1:47 of the first half.

"Both teams were just fired up and nervous," said Glenelg defensive end Joe Blodgett, who, along with linebacker Justin Frederick, made one big tackle after another for the Gladiators.

A.J. Lee, Southern's leading rusher, gained 73 yards on 14 carries, but was slowed somewhat by a knee injury following a 17-yard run on Southern's second possession of the game.

Glenelg held Southern to 98 yards rushing and 90 yards passing, but 79 of those passing yards came on one play - a touchdown pass from Mike Staton to Tino Owens that made it a 21-6 game.

Glenelg had 242 yards rushing and 20 yards passing. The Gladiators threw eight passes in the first half after throwing just 22 times all season.

"We wanted to give them some new looks so they'd have something to worry about at halftime," said Glenelg coach John Davis. "So it was good to be 0-0 at halftime. Then, we came out in the second half and executed our game plan. Field position was important in this game."

Glenelg, which threw just two passes in the second half, drove 60 yards in nine plays to open the third quarter, with quarterback Justin Field capping the march with a 1-yard plunge with 8:20 left in the quarter. The extra-point attempt was blocked.

The Gladiators got the ball right back when Joey Ventura recovered a Southern fumble at the Bulldogs' 16, setting up a 5-yard scoring run from Bullard. They added two points on a halfback option pass from Erik Hufnagel to Field to make it 14-0.

Glenelg scored its final touchdown with 3:04 left on a 7-yard run by Mike Chase, ending a 45-yard drive.

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