The last time Glen Burnie's football team beat Arundel in back-to-back seasons, a young running back named O. J. Simpson was in his Heisman Trophy-winning senior season at the University of Southern California.

That was over two decades ago in 1968 and Gophers running back Andrew Baldwin wasn't even born.

Well, Friday night, that bad luck streak against the Wildcats ended for the Gophers (4-1) with a 19-14 victory.

And Baldwin did a pretty good imitation of O.J., running the ball 24 times for 125 yards and a touchdown at Glen Burnie.

"We came out here with a point to prove," said Baldwin, who came into the game averaging 6.7 yards per carry. He now has three touchdowns and 434 yards on 70 carries.

"We're not just a Glen Burnie team that's going to come out on the field and lose. We stuck together tonight. We're a family."

On Friday, the Gophers played like one.

Their defense snuffed the league's second-leading rusher and scorer Rodney Stevens (421 yards and six touchdowns coming in) for minus-6 yards rushing on nine carries and only a screen pass for a fourth-quarter touchdown.

Stevens' touchdown and his extra-point kick capped a 15-play, 49-yard drive by the Wildcats, 3-2, to give their team a brief 14-13 lead with 11 minute, eight seconds remaining in the game.

The Gophers, however, rebounded with a big drive of their own.

Beginning from their own 32-yard line, the Gophers marched 68 yards in 10 plays -- including a 14-yard run by Baldwin and a 13-yarder by Trae Gillis -- before Baldwin went over to fittingly score the game-winning touchdown from six yards out.

"Our line just got out there and blocked like crazy," said Gophers coach Dave Rigot, in his 14th season. "We did some things to confuse their blocking schemes, and after that our kids just never let down.

"And, of course, Baldwin just ran the heck out of the ball."

In the first half, Glen Burnie's defense sacked Arundel quarterback Andrew Trout (0-for-5 passing) for a 7-yard loss and held the Wildcats to just 15 yards total offense in 10 plays.

The Wildcats received some "Devine" intervention on the Gophers' first drive.

Arundel's Jeff Beard blocked a punt and Shawn Devine recovered it for a 10-yard touchdown. Desi Lomax kicked the extra point and the Wildcats led, 7-0.

But Glen Burnie responded two possessions later with a 12-play, 74-yard drive, culminated with a 6-yard P. J. Generette scamper up the middle.

Daniel Whitmoyer kicked the extra point, and the Gophers tied the game, 7-7, with 45 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

"We bent a little, but we didn't break," said Baldwin, who rushed six times for 33 yards in that drive. "I think the linemen won the game for us.

Anyone can run the ball and tonight I was just the lucky one."

Glen Burnie, which rushed for 115 first-half yards, got a blocked punt from Lee Kinzler, which the Gophers recovered on their own 22, in the second quarter.

After Baldwin brought the ball down to the 1-yard line on a 15-yard run, quarterback Carlton Ash went over to make it 13-7. The extra-point kick was blocked and the Gophers held that lead at the half.

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