Glenelg halfback Kevin Ganascioli admitted he was nervous yesterday. His Gladiators fell behind archrival South Carroll by a touchdown with 1:39 to play and needed to go 79 yards to tie the score.
"But I knew Tim [Phelps] has an arm," Ganascioli said.
After Ganascioli ran 26 yards on the first play of the Gladiators' drive, Phelps aired a 30-yard strike to Joey Isaacs, who scored with 35 seconds left in regulation. And Alex Strewig's extra-point kick sent the season opener for both teams into overtime, where the Gladiators won, 35-28.
Ken Dunsmore scored the game-winner on a 10-yard run.
"We're getting used to this overtime stuff," said lineman Rob LaHayne, whose team recorded its second overtime victory in three games. Glenelg beat Oakland Mills in overtime in a Class 1A Regional playoff last season.
South Carroll and Glenelg are rivals by geography. Many players from both schools have played together on recreational teams. "There is nothing better than beating them," said Glenelg lineman Will Partington.
The win was especially beneficial for Class 2A Glenelg, which earned extra points toward a playoff spot by beating 3A South Carroll.
A trio of running backs that included Ganascioli (12 carries for 106 yards and one touchdown), Jay Hamilton (12 for 123 and one) and Ken Dunsmore (13, 69 and two) led Glenelg.
The Cavaliers' T.J. Swanson completed seven of 19 for 153 yards and a score.
Glenelg had some good breaks, such as Ganascioli, the holder on extra-point kicks, catching a bad snap and turning what appeared to be a failed one-point conversion into a successful two-point conversion by passing to Brian Hollrah in the end zone. Ganascioli was Glenelg's quarterback last season.
Hollrah also recovered two South Carroll fumbles in the first quarter, one of which set up Glenelg's first touchdown - scored by Ganascioli on a 29-yard run.
Glenelg showed fortitude by overcoming three turnovers, including a fumble at Glenelg's 24-yard line that set up South Carroll's second touchdown and another fumble that South Carroll's Greg Kennell returned 65 yards for a score.
Glenelg led 21-20 with 6:05 to play, but South Carroll rallied on a 52-yard touchdown drive set up by Corey Greene's 28-yard kickoff return to go ahead 28-21.
This game marked the last in the schools' football rivalry. A new Howard County school, Reservoir High, opens next year, and Glenelg will play all its regular-season games in the 10-team league.