By Brandon Hopp, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:00 AM EDT, October 20, 2012
Several lightning delays forced Friday night’s football game between Mount Hebron and Glenelg to be postponed until Monday.
Three other Howard County football games were also postponed, and only the games at Atholton and Centennial were completed (see related story).
The host Gladiators were ahead 12-0 with just over four minutes remaining in the second quarter when lightning again interrupted. After the contest was delayed 30 minutes, it took Glenelg just under three minutes to put points on the board.
Quarterback Mark Darden capped the Gladiators’ opening six-play, 75-yard scoring drive with a one-yard keeper. Jared Jacoby set up the score after bouncing outside for a gain of 59 yards on the second play of the game.
Nick Crabill's 30-yard touchdown run at the 3:52 mark of the first quarter increased the lead.
With Glenelg on the move again, the Vikings defense stepped up in the second quarter. Mt. Hebron stopped the Gladiators on a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line to take over possession just before lightning halted the game for good.
After an hour of waiting, both coaches and game officials opted to postpone the contest, which is tentatively rescheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. Action will resume with the Vikings facing a second-and-four from their own seven-yard line.
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Wilde Lake (4-3) at Howard (4-3) will resume Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The scoreless game was suspended at the start of the second quarter with the Wildecats at first and ten at the Howard 16-yard line.
Howard, who lost senior quarterback Austin Blair to a broken leg in last week's loss to Reservoir, drove inside the Wilde Lake 20-yard line, but then fumbled the ball away. Then Wilde Lake fumbled the ball back to Howard on its first play from scrimmage. The Lions then ran the ball twice for short gains, and new quarterback Neil Caruso threw two incomplete passes to David Committe to turn the ball over on downs.
Wilde Lake's active six-minute drive started on Howard's 15-yard line and was highlighted by a 14-yard run by Tyrone Hayward and an 11-yard pass from Spencer Ampofo to Wayne Long, the last play before the game was postponed.
River Hill (7-0) leads Reservoir (4-3), 14-0, midway through the second quarter. That game will also resume Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Long Reach (1-6) leads visiting Oakland Mills (0-7), 14-7, at halftime. That game will resume Monday at 4 p.m.