L. Reach edges River Hill for county lead


High schools


Host Long Reach scored a late touchdown and made a two-point conversion, then held on to beat rival River Hill yesterday, 15-14.

The Hawks went from their 25 to the Long Reach 14 on two long pass plays by junior quarterback Dan Hostetler (8-for-12, 145 yards) with five seconds remaining.

Long Reach watched as a 31-yard field-goal attempt by Chris Martello was long enough, but just to the left with time running out.

With what coach Pete Hughes called "the biggest win in Long Reach history," the No. 10 Lightning broke a three-game losing streak to No. 9 River Hill and took a half-game Howard County League lead over the Hawks.

Long Reach is 7-1 in the league and overall while the Hawks, who are seeking their third straight county title, are 6-1 in the league and 7-1 overall.

"We're one game away from winning our first county championship," Hughes said.

Ray Gilbert's 19-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Metzger set up the game-winning conversion.

"It was like slow-motion, and when I caught it, my head exploded," Metzger said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch a game-winning touchdown pass."

Josh Brown went in for the two points from inside the 2-yard line because of an encroachment penalty on the Hawks.

"I was real proud of the way our kids got back down there in a position to win, but it's tough kicking into the wind," River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen said.


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