Glenelg junior quarterback Sean Lookingbill threw three second-half touchdown passes to rally the Gladiators to a 27-21 homecoming victory yesterday over Centennial (3-4, 1-3) before a crowd of 2,000.
Lookingbill (7-for-17, 210 yards) twice brought Glenelg (4-3, 2-2) from behind in the second half.
"At halftime, we found out they weren't playing their free safety in the middle of the field so we wanted to run some post patterns and we got two touchdowns off those plays," Lookingbill said.
James McKenney rushed 22 times for a touchdown and 123 yards, including a 24-yard jaunt that set up Glenelg's winning score.
"We're still not playing the way we should because we're still shooting ourselves in the foot, but at least we won this week," Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell said. "Sean makes the plays when we needed them, at least today anyhow. I thought we were a better team than Howard last week, but we didn't win because of penalties and turnovers."
After Glenelg senior defensive back Chris Cordisco blocked Centennial senior kicker Mark Noble's 36-yard field-goal attempt early in the fourth quarter, Lookingbill tied the game at 21 by completing a 71-yard scoring pass to senior split end Steve Carroll. Carroll was aided on the play when Centennial defensive back James Miller collided with linebacker Chong Choe at midfield.
Glenelg, surviving 65 penalty yards in the second half, scored the game-winning touchdown when Lookingbill connected with senior tight end Dan Gardner on a 17-yard play. A personal foul against Glenelg sent the Gladiators back 15 yards for the point after, and the two-point conversion pass failed.
"We just can't get a break and we give up too many big plays," Centennial coach Ed Holshue said. "I can't explain it because the effort's there and my kids played hard."
Trailing 13-7 at halftime, Glenelg recovered from a costly early third-quarter turnover inside Centennial's 20-yard line when Lookingbill lobbed a pass to Carroll (three receptions, 115 yards) in the left corner of the end zone at 7:03 in the third quarter. Glenelg's scoring drive was kept alive on fourth-and-11 when Centennial was called for pass interference.
Glenelg's senior kicker Pierre Grenier, an exchange student from France, converted the point-after to give the Gladiators their first lead of the game, 14-13. Centennial closed out the quarter with an eight-play, 62-yard drive that culminated in Eagles senior running back Don Culbreth's 3-yard touchdown run, his third of the game.
Holshue elected to go for two points and quarterback John Webster completed a pass to junior tight end Kevin O'Connor to give Centennial a 21-14 lead to start the fourth quarter.