Halloween should not go by without telling the story of Gilbert
It’s the spookiest time of the year, and Halloween isn’t complete without a few ghost stories to scare the kids.
I thought I’d share a story about Gilbert Run Park in Dentsville that I heard for the first time when I was about 8 years old. I don’t know who to credit for coming up with this story in the first place, but I’d like to thank them for providing years of entertainment.
It’s a story that’s stuck with me throughout my life.
When I was a child, if someone left the patio door open, we’d blame it on Gilbert. When my dad asked, “Who left the milk out on the counter?” my sister and I would gleefully reply, “Gilbert!” He was our family’s personal ghost and kindly took the blame for any mishaps that happened at our house.
Just one warning before you read this story to your kids. You will be asked from here on out, at every single campfire and on any road trip that lasts longer than 20 minutes, to retell the story again and again. So, commit it to memory and feel free to embellish it and make it your own, as I have done over the years.
Share it with your kids tonight, and then one day soon, take them to the park to fish for some of the 550 brown and rainbow trout that were released there last Thursday. But keep an eye out for Gilbert. I hear he haunts the place.
Many years ago, a humble cabin was built on the shores of a creek that flowed into a small lake.
A family lived in this cabin. They lived off the land, growing their food and hunting and trapping animals in the surrounding forest. They didn’t have much, but they had each other.
In this family were two children, Hannah and Gilbert.
One spring, the entire family was stricken with yellow fever. They all became sick and the parents died.
Hannah and Gilbert recovered, but they were now orphans and on their own. They stayed with another family while their grandmother was summoned to come and care for them. It took several weeks for the letter to reach her, and by the time she finally arrived, it was already fall.
Hannah and Gilbert were glad to be back home in their cabin, but they were still sad and missed their parents very much.
Since they had no money, kind neighbors donated enough food to sustain them through the winter. Hannah helped her grandmother with the cooking and cleaning, while Gilbert tried his hand
and the comment next to it said they beat Paul VI 35-0 last year. No where did it say, tied for first place. We used that this week. The only people that believed were our kids. I’m proud of them. Outside of that I’m speechless. It was a group effort, that’s what makes this group special. There is no one person that makes this happen. Not one group is the glue. This is an absolute family and group effort.”
Paul VI came out aggressive and with a plan against St. Mary’s Ryken off the start, which included an onsides kick that it recovered at the start of the game. Zackavy ended the drive with a 12-yard touchdown run to put the visitors up 7-0 with 7 minutes 55 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. That lead stood up as the halftime score.
Paul VI doubled its lead when sophomore Avery Ford returned the kickoff all the way for a touchdown, putting it up 14-0.
St. Mary’s Ryken (7-2, 3-1 WCAC) took over on the ensuing kickoff and senior running back Jonathan Wynn ran the ball 75 yards for a touchdown, slipping through the Panthers’ defensive line in the rain. Junior kicker Garrett Watkins made the extra point and the Knights trailed by one touchdown 14-7.
St. Mary’s Ryken crept even closer when sophomore running back Jamaree Bowman powered the ball over the goal line from a yard out with just over 5 minutes left. With a failed extra point, the Knights trailed just 14-13.
“It was all right,” said Wynn, who had 21 carries for 286 yards and two touchdowns. “We did OK. Not really, we expected to win obviously, but that happens I guess. The line blocked well, and I got through the hole and ran. We got playoffs left, so two more games left. I want to win the championship for my senior year.”
The rain intensified and so did the stakes as the game reached the fourth quarter.
Watkins put St. Mary’s Ryken ahead with a 28-yard field goal from Watkins to take the lead for the first time in the game just six seconds into the final quarter, 16-14.
The lead didn’t last long as Zackavy had a 10-run touchdown run with 9 minutes to go in regulation. With a failed 2-point conversion, Paul VI’s advantage was just 20-16.
Paul VI added one last touchdown when Zackavy ran the ball 60 yards for a touchdown with 6:45 left to play, making it 27-16.
St. Mary’s Ryken wasn’t finished yet and Wynn had his second touchdown of the game off of a 70-yard run just 21 seconds after Zakavy’s long run. Knights quarterback Trevor Nored hit senior wide receiver Camden Boyle for the 2-point conversion and the hosts were within 27-24. Boyle had three receptions for 40 yards Friday night.
With 30 seconds left on the clock at the 15, Nored fumbled and rushed into a mass of Paul VI defenders. He came up a few yards short of the end zone before the referees blew the whistle, ending the game 27-24 in favor of Paul VI.
“Paul VI did everything right,” St. Mary’s Ryken head coach Aaron Brady said. “They outplayed us. They made plays on balls in the air and took advantage of our poor penalty decisions. They won special teams and they out-coached us. We had four drives inside the 10 where we didn’t score. The positive is that our goals are still achievable.”
The Knights wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. Friday with a home contest versus Archbishop Carroll of Washington, D.C.
Hornets shut out Raiders
The Hornets took down their second county rival of the season on Friday night by blanking the visiting Raiders in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division contest on a rainy Friday night.
Martrel Mason had two touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards in the win. The last touchdown was by quarterback Terrel London, who ran in a 14-yard touchdown.
Great Mills (3-6, 3-2 SMAC Potomac) scored all 22 of its points in the opening half against Leonardtown (0-9, 0-6).
The Hornets outscored their rivals Chopticon and Leonardtown by a combined score of 62-16.
“It was one of the best games I’ve been a part of,” Great Mills head coach Tyrone Bell said. “The weather was a huge factor in the game and really restricted both sides from doing anything that they wanted to do. You could hardly hold onto the ball. If you tried to throw, it wouldn’t go as far, hoping to hand the ball of and take it from there. They were doing more direct snaps to their athletes. We were trying to get Martrel Mason some yards and keep him getting down the field. The guy who Mason is competing against for most rushing yards this season is the running back from North Point.”
Great Mills will be at North Point at 7 p.m. Friday. The Eagles (9-0, 5-0) shut out Calvert in Week 9, 43-0.
Leonardtown hosts La Plata at 6 p.m. Friday. The Warriors (18, 0-6 SMAC Chesapeake) lost to McDonough in Week 9, 22-6.