For Marriotts Ridge senior offensive tackle Andy Krzys, his first touchdown is one he'll never forget.
Glenelg had rallied Friday from a 20-7 deficit to force the Mustangs into overtime.
On a fourth-down play, the Mustangs quarterback fumbled. The ball bounced, and senior center Matt Friesen picked it up. He advanced to near the 5-yard line, where the Gladiators' defense started to drag him down.
Krzys came to the rescue.
"It was pretty chaotic," Krzys said. "Everything was a big jumble. But Matt was being tackled, and I saw the ball sort of just hanging out the back. I took it, just trying to keep the play going. I carried it past one line and thought I was in the end zone."
He held the ball in the air to celebrate.
"He had just crossed the 5," said Mustangs coach Ken Hovet. "The rest of the team pushed him into the end zone."
Krzys laughs sheepishly.
"It was my first time," Krzys said. "It's pretty neat. People I don't know have been coming up all week saying, 'Great play!' "
Marriotts Ridge (4-1), ranked for the first time this week in The Baltimore Sun's poll at No. 15, had lost 7-6 the week before to No. 11 Wilde Lake.
"Psychologically, it was a huge relief to win," Hovet said. "It put the previous game behind us and allowed us to exhale. If we have any hope of making the playoffs, we couldn't afford to lose another game.
"Andy is a very nice, quiet kid and an honor roll student. It's great when something positive happens to good people like that."
Glenelg golfers step up
Glenelg golf coach Chris Beil, in his first year as coach of last season's state runner-up, pushed a conservative philosophy and banked on the inspiration that comes from disappointment to propel his team to the District V 1A-2A championship Friday.
The Gladiators totaled 327 strokes. Marriotts Ridge scored 338 and River Hill, 341.
"We were disappointed not to have won the county tournament title," said Bell, whose team was 8-2 during the regular season. "I used that for motivation and, while it's an individual game, I told the guys not to take risky shots. I think we played smarter golf. We played the high-percentage shots, and because we had practiced on the Fairway Hills course three times that week, the kids knew what to hit and where to hit it."
While Glenelg's No. 1 golfer, senior Mathieu Phile, who usually shoots near 72, shot an 80, his teammates made up the difference. Junior Alex Taylor, the team's No. 2, shot a 4-over par 74 to finish second in overall individual scoring, while the Gladiators' No. 3, senior Stephen Castro, shot four below his average to finish ninth with a 78. Phile was 11th, and the team's No. 4, senior Kyle Dove, shot 95 to finish off the victory.
The entire Glenelg team advances to the state championships Oct. 21-23 at Potomac Ridge Golf Course in Waldorf.
Taylor and Atholton junior Morgan Hill, who tied for second, were the two best Howard County golfers in the event behind senior Josh Eure (71) of Anne Arundel County's South River.
Centennial senior Audra McShane was the top girls competitor, with a 75. In total, 14 girls advanced to the state competition, with six from Howard schools. Besides McShane, Long Reach senior Michelle Gravdahl (88), Marriotts Ridge sophomore Jenna Albright (90), Centennial sophomore Jessica Mehta (91), Centennial freshman Alex McShane (94), who is Audra's sister, and Marriotts Ridge senior Tory Stader (99) will play.
On the boys side, besides the Glenelg team, four Howard County players shot 80 or less to earn a trip to the state competition: Atholton's Hill (74), Reservoir senior Sean Heintzelman (76), Centennial junior Braden Poe (77), and River Hill senior Patrick Bindel (80).
Eagles win Holshue Cup
Since 2002, the Centennial Eagles and Mount Hebron Vikings football teams have been fighting over their old coach.
Well, not exactly. Actually they have been battling for seven years over the cup that honors Ed Holshue. This time the victory went to Centennial, 21-14.
Holshue was the head football coach at Mount Hebron for nine of his 16 years at the school, and then he was head coach at Centennial for 12 seasons. He is the all-time wins leader for both schools.
When Centennial won Friday, it not only gave the Eagles the Holshue Cup, but it also broke a three-game losing streak and gave Eagles coach Ken Senisi something for his team to rally around.
"It's a pretty big rivalry, and both our teams were 1-3 going into that game," Senisi said. "I hope for our kids, it can turn us around. But it's only one game, and we have another pretty big game with Glenelg this Friday."
difference in shots
between Centennial senior Audra McShane's winning score of 75 among the girls competing in the District V Golf Championships on Friday and the 71 shot by South River senior Josh Eure, who won the boys individual title.
Combined margin of victory
in Wilde Lake's past three football victories: 22-21, 7-6 and 38-35.