Every time Wilde Lake's football team needed a big play yesterday at Glenelg, it seemed that Mike Green made it.
His most impressive and important play during the Wildecats' 14-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Gladiators was a 60-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.
Green was hit on that run after a five-yard gain off-tackle, but spun away from Chris Cordisco's attempted shoulder tackle, raced down the right sideline, dodged a tackle attempt by Steve Carroll at Glenelg's 40-yard line and sped the rest of the way untouched into the end zone.
"I practice that spin move a lot," Green said. "We came out here confident. We kept our heads and played as a unit, and I got great blocking from my entire line."
Green gained 148 yards on 23 carries and also did an impressive job defensively, getting two quarterback sacks and leading a defense that held Glenelg to 91 total yards.
One of his sacks stopped a third-quarter Glenelg drive at midfield following Wilde Lake's second touchdown. A second-down pass from Glenelg quarterback Sean Lookingbill was off the fingertips of Dan Gardner, who had gotten behind two defenders at Wilde Lake's 30-yard line.
Then, on third down, Lookingbill dropped back again but Green tackled him for a seven-yard loss.
"They were blitzing eight or nine men on every play," Lookingbill said. "We wanted to establish our run, but they were such good athletes they were able to blitz and still stop the run."
Lookingbill completed just 5 of 16 passes for 32 yards and threw two interceptions. Glenelg running back James McKenney carried 20 times for 73 yards and made three catches for 14 yards.
"Their line dominated us," Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell said. "We made some mistakes and penalties hurt us, but we lost it in the line.
"We stopped pretty much everything they did offensively but Green. He has that ability to cut back on you. We couldn't stop him last year either."
Wilde Lake (3-2, 2-0) was able to maintain great field position throughout the game.
The Wildecats never started a series inside their 26-yard line, and five times started at their 40 or better. Glenelg (4-1, 1-1) started inside its 20 twice and never started a series beyond its 35.
Wilde Lake scored its second touchdown as the result of good field position. Glenelg punted from its own 12 to its 35, where the Wildecats took possession. Five plays later, Allan Anderson scored on a 5-yard run and quarterback Seth Willingham hit Richard Jackson for the two-point conversion. Anderson gained 61 yards on 12 carries.
Wilde Lake had two long drives that were stopped by Glenelg's defense.
The Wildecats took the opening kickoff and drove 43 yards on 11 plays before Willingham was sacked at Glenelg's 29.
They drove 54 yards on 13 plays in the second half, but turned the ball over on downs at Glenelg's 10. Green broke several tackles on a key fourth-down run that gained eight yards and a first down at the 20 to keep that drive alive.
Two penalties pushed Wilde Lake back to the 30, but Willingham connected on a 19-yard pass to Jermaine Sutton to set up fourth and one. Green's run, however, was inches short of a first down.