Arundel holds off Glen Burnie, 35-24


Both teams were coming off upset victories, so momentum wasn't a problem last night.

The trouble for Glen Burnie started when Arundel sophomore Eric Lipton dropped back to pass. And it grew worse when he handed off to Mike Haertel.

And not even a 24-point fourth quarter could ease the Gophers' misery.

Lipton threw for 109 yards and a touchdown, Haertel ran for 157 and two scores, and No. 13 Arundel held off visiting Glen Burnie, 35-24.

The Wildcats (5-1) took a 21-0 lead into the fourth quarter, then held on for dear life. Glen Burnie scored three times -- including a 93-yard kickoff return by Rocky Newton -- and made each ensuing two-point conversion. But the Gophers didn't get any closer than four points, 28-24, with 2:38 left.

"We got 21 points on the board and couldn't stop them," said Wildcats coach Bill Zucco, whose team had beaten then-No. 4 North County, 28-14, last Friday. "They're a tough football team. They never quit. But we made some big plays."

The biggest may have been an 18-yard touchdown run by Casey Trout with 46 seconds left that stamped out Glen Burnie's comeback bid.

Arundel took the lead for good with 3:27 remaining in the first quarter when Eric Lundborg caught a 36-yard scoring pass from Lipton. The drive lasted just three plays, and it began on Glen Burnie's 47 after Mike McKnight recovered a fumbled punt.

Glen Burnie (3-3) tried a fake punt in the second quarter, but Bobby Beal was stopped for no gain by Vince Fauntleroy at Arundel's 39, and the hosts scored in five plays.

Lipton completed passes of 26 yards to Haertel and 21 to Trout. Haertel ran for six yards to the 8, and after an incompletion, he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and scored for a 14-0 lead.

It became 21-0 just two plays into the third quarter when Haertel scampered 65 yards down the right sideline.

Glen Burnie, which was coming off a 32-7 win over then-No. 11 Annapolis, made it close, but couldn't get over the top. The Gophers were without leading rusher and tackler Jay Sponaugle, who didn't play because of disciplinary reasons.

Without him, Beal tried to shoulder much of the rushing load, and he gained 105 yards and scored a TD.

This was Arundel's first win over Glen Burnie in Zucco's three seasons as coach.

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