Glenelg, behind rush, pounds Reservoir, 42-7

Bullard runs for 117 yards as Gladiators go to 4-0

Football

High Schools

September 25, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

After three straight county championships, Glenelg has displaced Wilde Lake as the perennial team to beat in Howard County.

Yesterday at Reservoir, the No. 15 Gladiators taught the fledgling Gators a few things about what it takes to dominate football games. Glenelg won 42-7 for its fourth straight 4-0 start.

The big, powerful Glenelg offensive line exploded off the ball and opened hole after hole for its quartet of running backs led by Stephen "The Bull" Bullard, who rushed 10 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Playing a double-wing offense, Glenelg (4-0 overall, 4-0 county) amassed 285 yards rushing and scored on its first five possessions. They failed to score only twice, due to a fumble and an interception.

"We're mistake-prone because we're so young," Glenelg coach John Davis said. "But right now we're firing on all cylinders."

Glenelg will graduate only three offensive starters and one defensive starter.

"Bullard is a stud. And our quarterback, Justin Field, had scored five rushing touchdowns and thrown four TD passes coming into today's game," Davis said.

Field, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, rushed for two more touchdowns and threw for one in yesterday's game. He completed three of four passes for 50 yards, and his second-quarter, 21-yard pass to J. P. Debrowski was as perfectly thrown as possible - coming over Debrowski's shoulder a step before the sideline at the Reservoir 7-yard line.

"I wasn't sure how well our team would do this year because we graduated 22 seniors," said Field. "But the team has been dedicated to the weight room."

First-year Reservoir coach Joe Lewis said Glenelg's superior strength was one reason his team lost so badly.

"Offensively, they pushed our defense around, and we failed to utilize our speed on offense. We knew they'd be in man coverage and wanted to spread them out."

Reservoir's sophomore quarterback, Matt Barbusca, completed only two of 17 passes for 21 yards, and either missed his receivers or had balls dropped. Twice, the Gators had receivers open deep for potential touchdowns.

"If they had caught their passes, it would have been a much closer game," said Bullard, who also plays linebacker. "We need to work on pass defense big time."

Reservoir (1-3, 1-3), playing its second varsity season, expected to give Glenelg a tougher game after beating Oakland Mills two weeks ago and then holding Mount Hebron scoreless through three quarters before losing last week, 14-7.

"I'm very disappointed," Lewis said. "I felt our kids didn't compete. Once we got down, we gave up."

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