Long Reach focused on title



By Saturday morning, nobody could leave a message on the cell phone of Long Reach football coach Pete Hughes: His mail box was full.

That's what happens when your team ideally executes its game plan to come away with a 33-7 win over previously undefeated Glenelg the night before.

School staff members called to send along congratulations, a number of fellow coaches and also some friends passed on kind words.

But for Hughes and the Lightning, now 6-1, there's no time to celebrate with undefeated and defending county champ River Hill (7-0) next up on Saturday.

"This game is even more important for us," Hughes said. "Our goal is to win our first county championship and we know we can't do that without a win this week."

At this time last season, the Lightning was on a similar high after knocking off Glenelg, who at the time had been undefeated and three-time defending county champ. The following weekend at River Hill on its Homecoming Day, the Lightning fell hard, 52-21.

Hughes hopes it will be a lesson learned.

"I think what we pick up from last year is that we have to leave the emotions from the previous week behind us," Hughes said. "We had a lot of emotion last year that we weren't able to put behind us and before we could wake up, it was 21-0."

A balanced offense proved to be the key in the Lightning's win over Glenelg with drives of 94 and 78 yards keeping the powerful Gladiators offense off the field. Josh Brown ran two scores in and Darryl Webb caught two others with quarterback Ray Gilbert passing for 95 yards.

"They played pretty flawlessly," said Glenelg coach John Davis, whose Gladiators (6-1) stayed atop the Class 2A South region despite the setback. "We just really couldn't get on track. I watched it and watched it - we did some really silly things. And they outplayed us - flat out."

Hughes believes the Lightning will need a similar effort on Saturday against a River Hill team that has won 18 straight regular-season games dating back to 2003.

Lisle a net gain

Seton Keough junior Kelsey Lisle, a Marriottsville resident, is enjoying another banner season on the Gators' varsity volleyball team.

The 5-foot-10 hitter closed out the regular season with 285 kills (5.08 per game) and 332 digs. Using an effective jump float serve, she had a .925 serve percentage with 109 aces.

The Gators finished the season 5-8 and are expected to take on St. Mary's in the first round of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference playoffs Friday.

Lisle, 15, has played every minute of every game since her freshman season for the Gators. She also plays on the Time Out for Sports 18-under club team.

"If she could play volleyball 24 hours a day, I think she would," Seton Keough coach April Moore said. "She plays all the way around. Her defense is phenomenal and, from a mental standpoint, she has a great understanding of the game."

Undefeated fall

Along with the Glenelg football team, three others went into last week undefeated before getting knocked off.

The Mount Hebron field hockey team was 12-0 before falling to River Hill, 1-0, in double overtime on a goal from Lext Doerr on Oct. 18.

The same day, the River Hill girls soccer team beat the Vikings, who went into the game with a 6-0-3 mark. On Thursday, Glenelg's volleyball team avenged a five-game loss to upset top-ranked Centennial, which was 11-0 on the season.


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