Glenelg de­feats River Hill again in 3A East

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Tim Schwartz — Brent Kennedy, Baltimore Sun Me­dia Group — Ran­dall L. McRoberts, Baltimore Sun Me­dia Group

No. 14 Glenelg de­feated ri­val River Hill for the sec­ond time this sea­son, 38-7, at home Fri­day night be­hind 211 yards and three touch­downs from sopho­more run­ning back Wande Owens to win its sec­ond Class 3A East ti­tle in the past three years.

“I knew we had a lot com­ing back and I know a lot of peo­ple in the county didn’t think we re­ally did,” Glad­i­a­tors coach Butch Schaf­fer said. “But I knew I had a good group of kids who worked hard and were go­ing to play hard ev­ery day, and they’ve done that. That’s all I can ask for.”

Owens broke free for a 73-yard touch­down run on the sec­ond play of Glenelg’s first drive and it held the lead the rest of the way. Quar­ter­back Hunter Forsyth scored on a 1 yard plunge in the sec­ond quar­ter to ex­tend the lead to 14-0, and he kicked a 27-yard field goal as time ex­pired in the first half.

They pushed the lead to 24-0 on the first drive of the sec­ond half. The Glad­i­a­tors went 61 yards on eight plays and Owens capped it off with a 9-yard score. He scored his third touch­down –an 8-yard run – on his last carry of the night on the next pos­ses­sion to make it 31-0 mid­way through the third quar­ter.

The two teams traded scores in the fourth quar­ter.

“It feels great,” said Owens, who added to his Howard County-rush­ing record and now has 2,440 yards and 28 rush­ing touch­downs this sea­son. “With most of our team com­ing back and the of­fen­sive line – they’re all se­niors – it feels great for them, too. I can’t do any­thing with­out the O-line — I’ll be flat-out hon­est. When they get their surge and we push down the field, we are go­ing to score.”

NO. 8 HOWARD 42, NO. 11 MERVO 6: Devin Dawkins capped a five-play open­ing drive with a 27-yard touch­down run as the host Lions (11-1) beat the Mus­tangs (9-3) to cap­ture their third con­sec­u­tive Class 4A North ti­tle.

“We usu­ally start off a lit­tle slow, so we wanted to start off quick like we did against Bel Air and Atholton. And [if we did that] we felt like the game would flow the same way it did last time,” said Dawkins, who fin­ished with 157 yards from scrim­mage and two touch­downs be­fore leav­ing the game mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter with a shoul­der in­jury.

Af­ter the run­ning game did the dam­age early, Howard cap­i­tal­ized through the air to re­ally break things open. Lions quar­ter­back Robby Porter fin­ished the night throw­ing for 153 yards and a pair of scores.

HAVRE DE GRACE 19, SUR­RATTSVILLE 14: The host War­riors (9-2) ral­lied be­hind Clay Har­ris who kicked four field goals and a de­fense that kept the Hor­nets (6-6) in check in a Class 1A North fi­nal.

Har­ris’ first field goal of 29 yards came early in quar­ter two, push­ing the War­riors lead to 10-0.

“It’s amaz­ing, know­ing that I go through so much prac­tice, I put in so much time and ef­fort in the off­sea­son and dur­ing the week,” Har­ris said. “To go out here and ex­e­cute and just score points to help my team win is just amaz­ing.”

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