Glenelg Senior Michael Forester talks about the Gladiators victory over Centennial on Aug. 22 at Cattail Creek. (Brent Kennedy, BSMG)
It wasn't a perfect round of golf, but Glenelg's boys team did what it needed to on Tuesday at Cattail Creek to improve to 2-0 on the young season.
Freshman Caleb Taylor led the way with a round of 25 points (2-over par) and Tony Mobley was right behind him with a solid round of 22 to lead the Gladiators on their way to a 79-64 victory over Centennial.
"I talked to the boys and I said 'A win is a win, and we are going to get momentum going.' Watching Centennial warm up, you could see they strike the ball well, so we knew we had to answer the challenge today," Glenelg coach Chris Beil said. "Any team in this county can come up and make things interesting, so I was happy with the way we pulled through."
Brandon Writt (17 points) and Michael Forester (15) rounded out the scoring for Glenelg (2-0) on a day where things were tight in the early going. But despite strong rounds from Kenneth Chaplain (21) and Jake Watson (20), Centennial was unable to make up ground after the first few holes.
Forester said there was some definite teamwork up front in the first group, with the Glenelg senior particularly acknowledging the play of Taylor as a major reason they were able to maintain its lead.
"Me and Caleb will have an agreement where we will have to have five points combined on each hole," he said. "He will normally help me out with like a birdie or a par and that's how we kind of stay going."
Taylor, who also fired a round of 25 points in Glenelg's season opener last week, capped his round on Tuesday with a birdie on the par 5 ninth hole. Overall, he played his last four holes in one-under par.
Mobley also finished his day strong, playing his final six holes in one-over par.
On the other side, Centennial was done in by a couple bad holes. Each of the team's four players had at least one hole of double bogey or worse. Conversely, however, Watson did produce one of the highlights of the day with a birdie on his third hole.
Individually Forester said that, while he was happy with the win, he was disappointed in his own round and that the team expects bigger things moving forward.
"We've gotten two wins, which was great but we would like to have had higher scores to impress the county a little bit. Eighty and 79 [point] is a little weak for the players that we have … so hopefully the scores will increase as we keep winning later on in the season, " Forester said.
Glenelg 79, Centennial 64
G (2-0): Taylor 25, Mobley 22, Writt 17, Forester 15.
C (0-1): Chaplain 21, Watson 20, Fukuzawa 14, Sams 9.
The Mustangs played an entirely different four than they did in their opener against River Hill, but still cruised past the Scorpions. Akash Marakath paced Marriotts Ridge with 20 points, while Adam Fairbanks had the best round of the day for Oakland Mills with 18.
MR (2-0): Marakath 20, Guillen 15, J. Lee, R. Lee 13.
OM (1-1): Fairbanks 18, Carroll 6, May 5, Atkins 3.
In their first action of the season, the Lions held off a strong effort from the Raiders for a seven-point victory. Shashank Gupta led the way in the win for Howard with 23 points, but the best round of the match was turned in by Atholton sophomore Brandon Nguyen (25 points).
Ultimately it was the Lions' depth, which included 19 points from Brady McLamb and 18 from Brett Pool, that helped them prevail.
Ho (1-0): Gupta 23, McLamb 19, Pool 18, Wheeler 14.
A (1-1): Nguyen 25, Grimsley 17, Dotson 16, N. Chong 9.
The Hawks bounced back from a season-opening loss to Mariotts Ridge thanks to 21 points apiece from Kevin Hickey and Cam Deiuliis.
RH (1-1): Hickey 21, Deiuliis 21, St. George 16, Mann 15.
Ha (0-2): Witt 12, Gaffere 9, Hewitt 8.
Wilde Lake 52, Long Reach 32
The Wildecats got their full roster back on the course and responded with a bounce-back victory over the Lightning. Eric Schneider scored a match-high 24 points, including birdies on the second and fifth holes at Fairway Hills.
Evan Schnedier chipped in with 12 points, including back-to-back pars on holes six and seven. Andrew Tiffey (9 points) and Michael Arsenault (7 points), meanwhile, also made one par apiece.
Long Reach's day was highlighted by 10 points apiece from David Lewis and Sam Haley. Haley made his team's only par of the afternoon on the third hole.