This Arundel football team just seems to get better and better every week.
The unbeaten and fifth-ranked Wildcats (6-0) put on something of an offensive clinic last night against a pretty good Glen Burnie team at Glen Burnie.
Arundel junior quarterback Erik Lipton turned in another outstanding performance and running back Joe Williams tore through the Gophers for 129 yards and three touchdowns on only seven carries, leading the Wildcats to a 29-12 victory over the Gophers.
Glen Burnie (4-2) was playing without starting quarterback Lenny Holmes, who was suspended by coach Dave Rigot Wednesday for school disciplinary reasons.
With Holmes out, Rigot turned to junior running back Mike King, 5 feet 7, to quarterback his team. King's only experience at quarterback was on the junior varsity last season and he had jut two days to get ready to play against the best team in the county.
Lipton helped set up Williams for his long --es with some excellent faking and the quarterback completed 6 of 13 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown.
While Lipton was solid for the sixth straight week, Williams was spectacular every time he touched the ball.
His first touchdown came on a perfectly-timed cut back for a 47-yard jaunt into the end zone for a 15-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Williams then ran the lead to 22-0 later in the second quarter with a 25-yard scoring run, and he wound up the night with a run of 33 yards for a touchdown in the opening minute of the fourth quarter for a 29-12 advantage.
On his third touchdown, Williams was nearly caught in the backfield by a couple of would-be Glen Burnie tacklers but he broke loose to race into the end zone. The whole play was set up by Lipton's faking, which had several tacklers going after him instead of Williams.
"Lipton is a cool customer back there," said Rigot. "He never lets anything bother him and Williams was brilliant against us."
Glen Burnie was led once again by the running of Bob Beale, who had 112 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Beale kept the Gophers in the fight with his running, but three turnovers killed the home team's chances.
King threw two interceptions and the Wildcats came right back to score touchdowns each time.
Rigot said: "Mike King played his heart out for us. He has been a running back and defensive back all season for us and really only had one day to work out at quarterback."
Arundel coach Bill Zucco said: "We played a pretty darn good game on offense against a team that is always tough. But we really couldn't stop them because we're small on defense."
Linebacker John Norsworthy and defensive back Bill Clyburn led the way on defense for the Wildcats, with Norsworthy making 12 tackles and Clyburn intercepting two passes.
Glen Burnie rolled up 310 yards total offense to 275 for the winners but turnovers hurt the Gophers.
The game was delayed 20 minutes in the second quarter when Arundel's Brian Lane broke his leg making a tackle on a kickoff and had to be removed by ambulance from the field.
The key play in the first half came on the third play of the second quarter when Beale tried to run off the right side for a touchdown on second-and-goal from the one-yard line with Arundel leading 8-0.
Beale had the ball stripped from him and Arundel's Joe Parker recovered at the two-yard line.
Arundel then went 98 yards in seven plays for a touchdown and a 15-0 lead with 5:25 left in the first half.
The touchdown came on a nifty 47-yard run by Williams who started to run around the right side but cut back inside and went all the way for the TD.