Wilde Lake just shy of Glenelg

Drive stopped 2 yards from end zone dashes upset bid, 22-19



Wilde Lake coach Doug DuVall has been around long enough (32 seasons) to know that you can't let very good football teams, like Glenelg, off the hook and expect to win.

DuVall's Wildecats couldn't finish after driving from their own 1 to the Glenelg 2 at the end of the half. Host Wilde Lake went to intermission down by one and would end up losing, 22-19, to the undefeated and fifth-ranked Gladiators (6-0).

"We didn't put the points on the scoreboard at the end of the half and we fell short," said DuVall, whose Wildecats slipped to 3-3 in Howard County action.

The marvelous drive resulted in sophomore quarterback Dennis Smith being stopped at the 2 by Glenelg senior lineman Matt Abbott on the 18th play with no time on the clock.

Abbott's stop, which he said "was just another play for me," sent the Gladiators to the break with a 7-6 lead on Trey Crayton's first of two touchdowns and an extra-point kick by Billy West.

Wilde Lake got a 47-yard scamper by Smith for its initial score, but the extra-point kick attempt by Ryan King failed.

Smith had scored from the 7 on what would have been the final play of the half had it not been for offsetting penalties - holding by Wilde Lake and a face-mask foul by Glenelg. The down was replayed with no time remaining as DuVall shunned a field-goal attempt.

"We have an inexperienced kicker, who is kicking for the first time after playing soccer before this year," DuVall said of the senior King, who would have had about a 24-yard try.

The young Wilde Lake squad came charging out of the intermission, taking the lead at 12-7 on a 41-yard burst by Zach Brown with 5:01 left in the third period.

Two plays later, Crayton answered with his second touchdown, a 66-yarder down the Glenelg sideline and West, who is also the quarterback, ran for two and a 15-12 lead.

"We wore them down in the second half," said Crayton.

Stephen Bullard capped a 77-yard drive with a 3-yard run to give Glenelg a 22-12 lead early in the final period.

Smith hit Brown on a quick pop over the middle for an 83-yard pass play and King kicked the extra point to make it 22-19 with 3:06 remaining.

Wilde Lake's onside kick attempt failed.


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