On a damp and foggy night, in the opening round of the Class 2A South regional playoffs, River Hill quarterback Luke Hostetler demonstrated the diversity of the Hawks' offense.
Hostetler threw touchdown passes to Leron Eaddy (17 yards) and Michael Campanaro (39 yards), then ran for a 1-yard score, for a 20-6 victory over visiting Gwynn Park of Prince George's County last night.
No. 1 River Hill, the defending 2A state champion, will play winner of the Frederick Douglass-PG/North Point game Friday at 7 p.m. on the Hawks' field.
Neither team scored in the opening quarter, as both defenses made gaining ground difficult for the other. But in the second quarter, looking at second-and-four, with 43 seconds to go, Hostetler found Eaddy for the 17-yard score. Amir Shahegh, filling in for the injured Scott Trench, made the point after and River Hill went to the locker room with a 7-0 lead.
"Our kids were soldiers tonight," Gwynn Park coach Danny Hayes said. "But River Hill is a great team. They're very fast and their quarterback threw two powerful passes and that screen to Campanaro. He's a very smart guy."
Hostetler said it was tough trying to run the ball so much against Gwynn Park, which was 8-2 coming into the game.
"We decided to go with a little play-action," Hostetler said. "I had two long throws. ... And that screen [to Campanaro] was perfect. Our line got out there and made the big blocks. We were well prepared."
River Hill's linemen - guards Pat McCleaf, Thomas Erdman, center Sean Hull and tackles Max Coale and C.J. Kralowetz - were there for Hostetler and his backs all night. And when the Hawks needed yards, Campanaro was their man. He carried 24 times for 135 yards. He also helped on defense, making an interception at River Hill's 45.