Even Glenelg is surprised with its successThe...


Even Glenelg is surprised with its success

The Baltimore Sun's preseason outlook for Glenelg noted that "the Gladiators slowly are coming, but they aren't ready to arrive yet."

Or maybe they are. Glenelg, 2-8 last season, has emerged as one of the area's surprise teams by winning six of its first seven games.

"I'm not that surprised, but maybe a little bit," Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell said. "I knew we'd be competitive with every team." The Gladiators' 31-18 win over Hammond Saturday enabled them to remain in a first-place tie in the Howard County League with perennial power Wilde Lake and clinched their first winning season since 1985.

Ashwell, who served as the defensive coordinator at Wilde Lake for 10 years before he came to Glenelg last season, said he is trying not to look ahead to the Oct. 31 meeting with Wilde Lake.

"I'm looking forward to it, but we're taking it one game at a time," he said. "We feel we have something to prove to every team."

The Gladiators have a lot to prove to Wilde Lake. The Wildecats routed Glenelg, 58-0, last season.

Records, streaks, milestones

* Top-ranked City's 32-0 victory over Forest Park Friday extended the area's longest winning streak to 15.

* Sparrows Point's 20-12 loss to Patapsco Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 29.

* C. Milton Wright won its 30th consecutive regular-season game, 21-6, over Bel Air Friday.

* Overlea's 26-12 victory over Chesapeake-BC Friday extended the Falcons' winning streak against Baltimore County opponents to 34.

* Wilde Lake won its 25th straight Howard County League game, 35-0, over Centennial Saturday.

* Dunbar recorded its fourth consecutive shutout, 44-0, over Northwestern Friday. The Poets have outscored their opponents 170-6 this season.

Loyola's Evans out

Loyola quarterback Bill Evans has fractured his right wrist, and the second-ranked Dons may be without him for the rest of the season.

Dons coach Joe Brune said that Evans was fitted for a cast on Thursday and that the injury will take approximately 10 weeks to heal, although Evans' will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Brune said that Evans experienced soreness in his wrist against Poly two weeks ago and that the pain increased during last week's game against Mount St. Joseph.

Evans has passed for 370 yards and rushed for 265 yards and six touchdowns in five games.

"We're fortunate that the guy replacing [Evans], John Baer, is also a senior," Brune said. "He's quite capable. But Billy has been the starter since his sophomore year. He's at the stage where he understands our offense and the other teams' defenses. Right now, every game is a big game for us. We need someone with a lot of poise in there."

The Dons are tied with top-ranked City for first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference, and will play host to the Black Knights Nov. 14.

Unitas we stand

Joe Unitas' famous father was known for picking apart defenses in the NFL.

But Unitas, son of former Baltimore Colts quarterback John Unitas, has been making his mark by terrorizing offenses as a defensive end for St. Paul's.

In the Crusaders' 35-0 victory over Archbishop Spalding Saturday, Unitas scored touchdowns on a 26-yard interception return and a 36-yard return of a fumble recovery. Unitas, who also serves as punter and backup quarterback, intercepted another pass that set up a touchdown and recorded six tackles, as well.

"Joe Unitas is a terrific ballplayer," St. Paul's coach Mitch Tullai said. "He's opportunistic [on defense] as well as being in position."

Top performances

Numbers * Most TDs: James Lewis, Catonsville, 4.

* Longest TD rushing: John Sauer, Patterson, 89 yards.

* Longest TD passing: Mike Cangemi, Boys' Latin, 75 yards to Phil Booker; E.J. Fitzgerald, Dunbar, 75 yards to Omar Parker.

* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Damon Martin, North County, 85 yards.

* Longest interception return for a TD: James Lewis, Catonsville, 55 yards.

* Longest fumble recovery and return for a TD: Joe Unitas, St. Paul's, 36 yards.

* Longest field goal: Mark Kiefer, St. Mary's, 37 yards.

Leading rushers * Tex DeLeon, Towson, 21 carries, 271 yards, 1 TD.

* James Lewis, Catonsville, 24 carries, 238 yards, 3 TDs.

* Damion Smith, Oakland Mills, 23 carries, 212 yards, 2 TDs.

Leading passers * Anthony Miller, Carver, 10-for-15, 305 yards, 2 TDs.

* E.J. Fitzgerald, Dunbar, 9-for-14, 227 yards, 2 TDs.

* Eric Howard, North County, 14-for-25, 191 yards, 3 TDs.

Leading receivers * Shawn Lipscombe, Dunbar, 4 catches, 102 yards, 1 TD.

* Omar Parker, Dunbar, 3 catches, 89 yards, 1 TD.

* Damon Martin, North County, 3 catches, 87 yards, 1 TD.

Note: Top performances are based on statistics reported to The Baltimore Sun.

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