Glenelg earned its first playoff football victory since 2003, defeating visiting Gwynn Park, 17-14, Friday night.
Gwynn Park (8-3) scored first, on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jay Adams to Brandon Banks with 26 seconds left in the first half. But Glenelg (9-2) answered on the ensuing kickoff when Ryan Perry fielded the ball inside Glenelg’s 20 and handed off to sophomore David Brookhart, who ran up the home sideline for a go-ahead touchdown after Alex Paul’s extra point.
Glenelg extended its lead with a 1-yard run by Glenn Lucas in the third quarter and a 32-yard field goal by Alex Paul midway through the fourth.
Gwynn Park answered that score by passing its way down the field and scoring on a 6-yard pass from Adams to Marc Bronson. The Yellow Jackets were successful on the 2-point conversion to make it a 3-point game, but they never got the ball back as Glenelg killed the clock with a four-minute, 45-yard drive to the Gwynn Park one-yard line.
Glenelg was without top running back Nick Crabill coming into the game, and his replacement, Jared Jacoby, went out with an injury in the second quarter.
In their place, Ryan Perry, Glenn Lucas and Drew Dziwulski stepped in to lead the Gladiators running game.
“Whoever we’ve got we’re going to play and our kids are going to play hard, that’s something about this team, they’re young and they’re going to give you everything they’ve got every play,” coach Butch Schaffer said. “That’s what we preach and that’s what they do.”
In the 3A East region, Atholton (10-1) and River Hill (9-2) each won by shut out to set up a regional championship showdown next Friday at Atholton.
-- Andrew Conrad, Howard County Times
Class 4A East: North Point’s ground attack scored five touchdowns as the visiting Eagles upset No. 6 Arundel 38-21 last night. Frank Marshall and DJ Briscoe did most of the damage with 148 yards on 23 carries and 83 yards on 19 carries respectively. Also, Blake Monroe added 76 yards on 7 carries. The Eagles out gained the Wildcats on the ground, 317-115.
Class 3A North: Kenny Faulcon had touchdown passes of 15 and 30 yards, and runs of 5 and 20 yards, as No. 14 Aberdeen (9-2) defeated the visitors from Franklin 31-21.
Top-ranked Arundel and No. 4 Broadneck met again in the playoffs, albeit two rounds later than last year, but the outcome was the same. The defending Class 4A state champion Wildcats (16-0) picked up their defense to beat the Bruins, 3-0, in the Class 4A North Regional Championship. Arundel won, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21.
Arundel beat Broadneck (13-3) in the regional quarterfinals last year.
Ashlyn Tapley led the Wildcats with nine kills and 12 digs and Ashlee Felton had nine kills and seven blocks and Shannon Wilks added 23 digs.
“They [Arundel] picked up more balls than we did,” said Broadneck coach Scott Graf. “They didn’t let as many balls drop as we did.”
Sisters Ali and Mimi Graf led Broadneck with 26 digs and 24-for-24 serving for Ali and 28 assists and 12 digs for Mimi.
Arundel faces Bowie in Monday’s state semifinal at 6 p.m.
Class 1A North: Host Western Tech used solid serving from the line and blocking at the net to advance to its first state semifinal appearance.
The Wolverines (12-4) beat Pikesville, 25-17, 25-10, 25-15.