Dever rushes for 219 as Glenelg wins in OT

Glenelg 28 Atholton 21

September 23, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

Glenelg senior running back Brandon Dever had an effort that was both stellar and workmanlike yesterday, rushing the ball 32 times for 219 yards against visiting Atholton.

The Gladiators needed every yard to get past the undermanned but determined Raiders.

Dever scored his third touchdown of the game, from 1 yard in the second overtime, and the Gladiators' defense handled the rest, sending the Raiders backward on their second overtime drive to lead the home team to a 28-21 win in Howard County play.

The win puts Glenelg at 2-1 for the season, while Atholton falls to 1-2.

"The whole team knew we had to go out there and play our hardest. As long as I can trust my linemen and trust everybody on the team to do their job, I can do mine," Dever said. "Coach gives me whatever he's got to give me to get the job done - it feels pretty good. We played a heck of a game and we just got to go out there every single week and play our hardest."

Solid defense and two 3-yard touchdown runs from Dever had the Gladiators leading 14-7 late in the fourth quarter, but Atholton, which was playing without starting quarterback Brett McQuilkin and backup Justin Mather, wouldn't go away.

Senior wide receiver Dijon Patterson turned a slant from reserve quarterback Doug Carpenter into a 58-yard score with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.

Both teams scored touchdowns on their first overtime series (four plays starting at the opponent's 10-yard line) with the Gladiators needing a fourth-down screen pass - quarterback Billy West to Buddy Dinnis from 1 yard out - to continue the game.

After Dever rumbled in from the 1 on the Gladiators' second overtime possession, the Raiders couldn't answer on their series.

Glenelg first-year coach Butch Schaffer applauded the team effort - singling out strong two-way line play by Ja'Mar Watson, Eric Hutchison and Pat Black.

For Atholton, senior running backs Kelechi Odocha (17 carries, 130 yards) and Troy Gibson (16, 93) both scored touchdowns.

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