For the second week in a row, Glenelg has had a team come to its football field undefeated and leave with a loss. The Gladiators knocked off Howard (4-1) Friday night, 35-20, leaving defending state champion River Hill as the last undefeated team in Howard County.
River Hill, which defeated Glenelg, 7-3, in Week 1, improved to 5-0 with a 42-8 win over Mt. Hebron on Friday.
"This was our first real challenge besides River Hill up front, and I think our boys did a hell of a job," said Glenelg senior David Brookhart, who scored on a 50-yard interception return, a 5-yard run and a 41-yard reception from Jack Hogan. "The holes were huge and it was easy to break runs … David Robbins, Craig Burris, Pat LaPort. "
Jared Jacoby rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for Glenelg.
Brookhart's interception return came early in the second quarter when neither team could get much going on offense.
"The game was real even until that point, and I'm hoping that gave our team a spark and helped bust it open," Brookhart said. "We've got to finish the year strong and hopefully go 9-1 into the playoffs."
The loss spoiled a breakout performance by Howard senior Terrell Charles, who rushed for 235 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries.
"He's a beast, he runs hard all the time," Howard coach Bruce Strunk said.
The Lions had allowed only 49 points in their first four games this season.
"I think they beat us up front, that's what we were worried about. I think their line is very good and so is ours, but I think they won in the trenches and ultimately that was the deciding factor," Strunk said. "The last couple of games, from what I've seen on film they might be the best team (in Howard County). They're rolling."
Matt Baxter rushed for 48 yards on two carries for Glenelg, including a 35-yard touchdown run in the second half.
Glenelg's first five opponents this season are a combined 18-7.
"Our league is unbelievable. It's brutal each and every week, and we're just fortunate to be where we are right now," Glenelg coach Butch Schaffer said. "We've just got to go do the same things week in and week out because there is no easy one in Howard County."
Ho(4-1) 0 0 14 6 - 20
G (4-1) 0 14 7 14 - 35
G: Brookhart 50 interception return (Paul kick), 9:54.
G: Brookhart 5 run (Paul kick), :45.
Ho: Charles 44 run (Travisano kick), 8:40.
G: Baxter 35 run (Paul kick), 6:09.
Ho: Charles 57 run (Travisano kick), 4:35.
G: Jacoby 7 run (Paul kick), 10:00.
G: Brookhart 42 pass from Hogan (Paul kick), 5:26.
Ho: Charles 5 run (pass failed), 2:57.
Around the league
Centennial 34, Long Reach 7
Walter Fletcher rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-7 win on Friday. Chase Conley also caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Morris in the win. Conley also had two interceptions, one returned 80 yards for a touchdown.
Oakland Mills 52, Marriotts Ridge 21
The Scorpions (2-3) and Mustangs (1-4) each posted their highest scoring outputs of the seasons, and Oakland Mills is now third in the league with 151 points scored.
Reservoir 24, Hammond 21
Avian White rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns on 45 carries to lead the Gators (3-2) past the Golden Bears (3-2). Craig Jones also rushed for 50 yards and had a 57 yard reception. The Reservoir defense was led by Sean Davis (10 tackles) and Matt Marsh (7).
Hammond's Tyler Martin threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre House to put the Golden Bears ahead with less than three minutes left, but White scored his fourth and final touchdown on the ensuing drive to put Reservoir back ahead, and Hammond fumbled away the kickoff with less than a minute to go.
Martin threw three touchdown passes in the game: two to House and one to John Mbah.
River Hill 42, Mt. Hebron 8
The Hawks won their 29th consecutive game, and have now outscored the competition 168-24 on the season.
Wilde Lake 23, Atholton 12
Wilde Lake quarterback Spencer Ampofo completed 10 passes for 129 yards, including touchdown passes to Quez Bradley and Malik Jackson (5 catches, 72 yards). Earl Mackel forced two fumbles, recorded a safety, and recovered a fumble for Wilde Lake.
Atholton's Isaac Murray rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.
A (0-5) 6 6 0 0 - 12
WL (3-2) 0 0 9 14 - 23
A: Murray 6 run (kick failed).
A: Murray 1 run (kick blocked).
WL: Safety (Mackel tackled QB in endzone).
WL: Bradley 14 pass from Ampofo (Perez kick).
WL: Malik Jackson 7 pass from Ampofo (Perez kick).
WL: Mullins 37 run (Perez kick).