Gla­di­a­tors end Lions’ county win­ning streak dat­ing to 2013

RB Owens scores on 6-yard run with 5:24 re­main­ing

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Tim Schwartz

Glenelg foot­ball coach Butch Schaf­fer has been around long enough to know how much the Howard game means to the com­mu­nity.

He was get­ting phone calls and emails all week from alumni ask­ing him to bring the El­gard Tro­phy back home and end the Lions’ 33-game Howard County win­ning streak that dated to Oct. 11, 2013.

On Fri­day night on their home turf, the Gla­di­a­tors mauled No. 5 Howard from start to fin­ish and raised the tro­phy after a 25-20 vic­tory.

“Our kids know the his­tory of this and we got a lot of phone calls from peo­ple in the past say­ing to end the streak, and our kids bought into it,” Schaf­fer said.

The key for Glenelg (7-2) was its of­fen­sive line, a mas­sive group of up­per­class­men who set the tone early and of­ten. Run­ning back Wande Owens took ad­van­tage, fin­ish­ing with 40 car­ries for 186 yards and three touch­downs, in­clud­ing the game-win­ning score on a 6-yard run with 5:24 re­main­ing, while quar­ter­back Hunter Forsyth went 5-for-6 pass­ing for 106 yards and a rush­ing touch­down.

“We chal­lenged [the of­fen­sive line] all week,” Schaf­fer said. “We’re a se­nior-laden team up front and we put the onus on them. They stepped up and they knew this was likely the last chance they get to play here and we wanted to make it count.”

Howard (8-1) needed just four plays to go 45 yards for its first touch­down less than two min­utes into the game, as run­ning back Devin Dawkins found the end zone on a 1-yard plunge.

Glenelg an­swered, just as it would do all night. It went 72 yards on a me­thod­i­cal 12-play drive in which Owens car­ried the ball nine times for 56 yards and scored on a 3-yard run. The touch­down was the first the Lions have al­lowed in the first quar­ter all sea­son.

Howard, though, scored on its fol­low­ing pos­ses­sion, as quar­ter­back Robby Porter com­pleted his sec­ond pass of the drive to An­thony Reid for a 26-yard touch­down.

The Gla­di­a­tors weren’t done in the first half. They put to­gether a 15-play, 86-yard drive that spanned the first and sec­ond quar­ters and took 9:07 off the clock. Owens fin­ished the drive with an 8-yard run, but the ex­tra-point try failed, and Howard led at the half, 14-13.

“They came out and they did what they had to do. My hats off to them,” Lions coach Bruce Strunk said. “Weknewit was go­ing to be a tough game. We have a smaller line on de­fense and our big­gest fear was that we couldn’t du­pli­cate what they did all week in prac­tice.”

Glenelg opened the sec­ond half and started to break off big­ger plays, as Owens broke free for runs of 12 and 31 yards, while Forsyth had a 26-yard carry and the 1-yard touch­down on a quar­ter­back sneak to give his team a 19-14 lead after the con­ver­sion try failed.

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