With running game in tune, Glen Burnie marches to win Gophers knock off Annapolis, 18-0


The Glen Burnie football team was stinging a little last night after getting blown out last week by North County.

So the Gophers simply lined up and ran right at Annapolis on the way to an 18-0 victory in Annapolis.

It was senior running back Bob Beale left and junior running back Chris Riles right during three long touchdown marches by Glen Burnie (4-1).

Glen Burnie's junior quarterback Lenny Holmes completed five of 10 passes for 56 yards and one touchdown, throwing just enough to keep the Panthers (3-2) off balance.

Beale wound up the night with 88 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, and Riles rushed 16 times for 62 yards.

"Our kids were mad after we lost to North County," said Glen Burnie coach Dave Rigot. "We just felt we didn't play with much intensity. North County is a good team and we play in a strong league, but we have to play better than that, and we did tonight.

"This was our kind of game. Our kids like to run the ball down the field. It was a good win for us against a team like Annapolis that has a lot of tradition and is a good team."

But it was not a good night for the Panthers, who made numerous mental mistakes and didn't get a first down until two minutes were left in the first half.

The highlight of the evening for Annapolis was the running of Marty Sellers, who rushed for 147 yards.

The night began on a sour note for Annapolis, when the Panthers defense lined up offside on the first play from scrimmage.

The 5-yard penalty helped Glen Burnie go 63 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead.

Then Annapolis fumbled the ball away on its second offensive play of the game, giving Glen Burnie a first down at the Annapolis 28.

But the turnover didn't hurt the Panthers, thanks to a nice tackle by Sellers, doubling as a defensive back, who stopped Holmes 2 yards short of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal from the Annapolis 6.

The Gophers went 67 yards in 14 plays for a second touchdown, scoring on a 3-yard pass from Holmes to Ben Henderson for a 12-0 advantage with 2:19 left in the first half.

Holmes showed a lot of strength and poise on the touchdown pass, getting the ball off despite having three Annapolis defenders hanging onto him.

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