Last year's split spices football rivalry

Long Reach, River Hill meet again Friday


October 04, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,sun reporter

Every football season, another layer is added to the Long Reach-River Hill rivalry, which began when the two schools opened.

The series continues Friday when the Hawks visit Long Reach at 7 p.m.

Last season, the Lightning took a 15-14 win during the regular season on its way to the county championship before the Hawks avenged the loss with a 21-13 victory in the Class 3A East semifinals.

"This game means everything to us. You can put the records aside; this is a rivalry with no love lost - they want to beat us, and we want to beat them, and it's been that way since we opened together 11 years ago," said Long Reach coach Pete Hughes.

Long Reach improved to 3-1 this season with a 38-17 win over Glenelg last week, with senior quarterback Keith Richardson throwing for 100 yards, rushing for 70 yards and two touchdowns and returning a punt 70 yards for another score.

The No. 2 Hawks - 4-0 after a 6-0 win over Wilde Lake on Saturday - counter with senior quarterback Daniel Hostetler, senior tight end Greg Nowak and sophomore tailback Mike Campanaro.

"We've conceded they're going to score some points. So if they score, we have to score - we can't get our heads down. They have some athletes, and so do we," Hughes said.

Suter looking healthy

As if the No. 2 River Hill girls soccer team - 8-0 going into the week - needed any more good news, junior midfielder Erica Suter appears to be back in top form after being slowed by a back injury late in the summer and a chipped bone that has her sporting a cast on her left arm.

Last week, Suter (five goals, three assists) had a hat trick as the Hawks beat Oakland Mills, 3-0, and then she blasted home the overtime game-winner from 18 yards in a 2-1 win over Mount Hebron on Friday.

"Erica is Erica, whether she scores or not. She's our leader and team catalyst," River Hill coach Brian Song said.

The presence of Suter means opposing defenses can't gang up on standout forward Erika Theisen, who went into the week leading the team with seven goals.

Wilde Lake Hall

The Wilde Lake High Athletic Booster Club is seeking nominations for induction into its Hall of Fame.

The eligibility is for outstanding alumni athletes, coaches and boosters who have enhanced the athletic experience at Wilde Lake and later became successful in their life's work. To be eligible, an individual must have graduated at least five years ago.

To nominate a potential inductee, send a letter to the Booster Club, c/o Wilde Lake High School or by e-mail to All nominations must be received by Oct. 16.

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