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Catonsville High's featured back relishes new role

Catonsville senior Trey Glover thrives as top running back.

When Trey Glover transferred to Catonsville High before his sophomore year in 2014, head coach Rich Hambor knew he had a quality football player in his program.

What Hambor and the coaching staff didn't know was how valuable he would become two years later as a senior.

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Glover, who transferred from Mount St. Joseph, started on defense for the varsity his first two seasons.

While he continues to play strong safety and linebacker, he has also been a valuable weapon as the featured running back for the offense.

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Glover leads the team in rushing with 505 yards on 81 carries (6.2 yards per attempt).

He has scored six rushing touchdowns and one on an interception return for the Comets (2-5).

Catonsville broke a five-game losing streak in a 26-9 triumph over visiting Lansdowne (1-6) on Oct. 20.

Glover ran for 123 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.

Before the season, when Hambor and his assistant coaches were evaluating the team's depth at running back, Glover wasn't even in the mix.

"He wasn't in that first group because he had never really gone after it before," assistant coach John Youngberg said. "But this year he went and attacked it [running back position] and immediately moved up to the top of the list."

Glover didn't think about playing both ways until Hambor suggested he try it for his senior year.

"My role was defense and I always enjoyed it, so I just stayed with my role and the opportunity presented itself this year to play it," Glover said.

After he scored five rushing touchdowns in his first two games of the season, he cemented his starting spot on offense.

"I've been good on defense, but nobody really cared about it, but when you score touchdowns everybody gets excited about it."

They really get excited watching him bounce off defenders and chew up extra yards.

"He doesn't go down on the first hit. He's very low to the ground and he takes nice strides," Hambor said.

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Glover's best game came in a 48-35 loss to Dulaney on Sept. 17.

"The running he did against Dulaney was outstanding," Hambor said. "I don't know how many yards after the carry he had, but in a game where we were going back and forth for four quarters and the defense was having a tough day, he was the guy we turned to offensively to move the ball."

In addition to two rushing touchdowns, he also had an interception return for a touchdown against Dulaney.

"He really did everything in that game," said Hambor, noting you would not have known it. "Even if we had won, you would not have seen him gloating about it."

Glover lets his play to the talking.

"He just does his job and he tries to be a role model in that way," Hambor said. "He's not a yeller or a screamer."

Glover, who also wrestles and finished with a 29-9 record and was fifth in the regional tournament at 170 pounds last season, is 5-feet-8 inches tall and 176 pounds.

His tenacity on the mat carries over to the football field.

Defensive coach Jeff Moeller wants to see more defensive players like Glover.

"He's the best tackler we have because he is naturally strong," Moeller said. "He recognizes what is coming and he diagnoses a play very naturally. He will destroy a blocker and go through him and get to the ball."

Youngberg, who coordinates the offense, sees other attributes as well.

"If you could see his footwork from a defensive standpoint through drill work, it is always perfect and always precise," Youngberg said.

His durability has also been impressive.

"If we are running 120 plays a game, he's on the field for 105 of them," Youngberg said. "There is nobody else like that."

All the coaches agree he could play at some level in college and his strong academic standing will be a bonus.

"He is a very good student," Hambor noted. "He is taking AP [Advance Placement] classes so he has a lot of options academically, which is going to open up a lot more athletically."

"I want to play football in college," Glover said.

His football instincts are another one of his strong traits.

"He has a football IQ that is off the charts," Youngberg said.

Glover, who started playing in the Arbutus Athletic Association at age seven with the Golden Eagles, studied the game when he was young.

"I used to watch Bill Parcells backyard football videos when I was seven years old and I just soaked it in," said Glover, who learned from the Hall of Fame coach who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. "I liked to read offenses and defenses and I found it interesting when I was younger."

That football knowledge carried over to the Catonsville football team and was on display in the first series against Lansdowne in the win on Oct. 20.

Glover read a slant pattern and left his coverage zone in the flat and got an interception.

"That's just instincts playing football for 12 years," said Glover, who scored the game's first touchdown eight plays later on a six-yard run.

He hopes to continue contributing in the Comets' final two games at home on Oct. 28 against Woodlawn and on senior night on Nov. 4 against Parkville.

"We want to finish out strong. We are better than our record," Glover said.

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