Glenelg senior running back Brent Richardson, who rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown, talks about the team's 3A East regional championship win at River Hill Friday night. (Andrew Conrad/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)
CLARKSVILLE, MD — Glenelg senior Brent Richardson had to wait 10 weeks for a chance to redeem himself.
In Week 1 at River Hill, Richardson fumbled the ball away in the red zone late in the fourth quarter on what could have been a game-winning drive but ended up being the last possession of a one-point loss.
"That fumble stung. I didn't let go of that for a couple weeks," said Richardson, who rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's 21-6 3A East regional championship win at River Hill. "This is obviously the best feeling to avenge that."
The win was Glenelg's first over River Hill since 2002, which was also the last time the Gladiators (9-3) advanced to the state tournament.
"River Hill is a tremendous program, and our kids deserve this. We've been playing hard for a bunch of years and we've just been coming up short. I'm really happy for our kids and our community," said Glenelg coach Butch Schaffer, who played college football at Western Maryland with River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen. "Their coaching staff does a tremendous job with their kids. We try to emulate the things that they do. They're a class program. They've led our county for a long time and we're just trying to follow what they've done."
Hogan (5 carries, 20 yards) scored again early in the third quarter, and the Hawks didn't get on the scoreboard until midway through the fourth quarter, when junior quarterback Noah Thyberg (10/18, 132, TD, 2 INT) hit junior Trey Simpson (3 catches, 56 yards; 22 rushing yards) for a 27-yard touchdown. Simpson also recovered a fumble on Glenelg's only pass play of the game.
The Hawks were held to 77 rushing yards in the game, led by sophomore Brady Daniel with 38 on seven carries. Senior Jon Kanda added 17 rushing yards, and caught two passes for 19 yards. Senior Chuck McLaughlin accounted for most of the Hawks' second half offense, catching four passes for 51 yards.
Glenelg junior Trey Davis ran the ball 19 times for 102 yards, helping the Gladiators grind out the clock in the second half.
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"We knew with the stuff that we prepared that we definitely had a good shot to win and it played out well," Hogan said. "Coach Schaffer has been instilling in us that there's no team that we can't beat; it doesn't matter who we play, we're going to do our thing."
The Gladiators have now won five games in a row since losing at Marriotts Ridge on Oct. 17.