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TREY CRAYTON, GLENELG
The senior running back rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries to lead his team to a 42-7 victory over Centennial on Saturday.
Crayton scored on runs of 11, 53 and 25 yards, all in the first 17 minutes 12 seconds of the game. Crayton also ran for 103 yards against Hammond on Sept. 4 and has rushed for 271 yards and four touchdowns this season.
"This was the breakthrough game we were looking for out of Trey," Coach John Davis said. "In our first four games, he was just missing some cuts, and that was stopping him from using his speed to make long runs."
Crayton's most impressive run came in Saturday's first quarter. He ran a counter, in which the offensive line blocks one way and the running back cuts the other, hoping to catch the defense off-balance. Crayton took a handoff from senior quarterback Justin Field on Glenelg's 47-yard line, cut to his left and evaded two defenders en route to the end zone.
"I thought that was my best run because it showed that I can cut back and then use my speed to run past everybody," Crayton said. "I've come close to doing it before, but I feel more comfortable in our offense now, and that's why I was able to make the play."
After Atholton's Dean Hart caught a seven-yard touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining to pull his team to within two points in a 20-18 contest, Reservoir's defense made its biggest play of the season.
Linebacker William Callaway and safety Travis Davis converged to stop running back Matt Winger on what would have been a game-tying two-point conversion, enabling Reservoir to win its first road game in its two years as a varsity team.
"That showed our team that we have what it takes to close the door on a team and we can hold onto a lead," Coach Joe Lewis said. "I don't know what would have happened if the game would have gone into overtime because they would have had all the momentum."
The Gators' defense has been a major reason the team has won two games this year after going 0-10 last season. On Sept. 11, Reservoir forced five turnovers -- including three interceptions by senior cornerback Matt Costa -- to secure a 7-6 victory over Oakland Mills.
"Our offense has not been producing like we hoped, but it's getting better," said Lewis. "Our defense has really played well at times, especially when the game's been on the line."
TYLER MARTIN, RIVER HILL
The senior running back rushed for a game-high 101 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries to lead his team to a 21-7 victory over Wilde Lake on Friday.
"It was our first game under the lights, and I was really pumped up, and I really ran hard," Martin said. "My offensive line did a great job, and that was a big reason why we were able to move the football."
Martin, who scored on an eight-yard run on his team's first possession, has rushed for a county-high 555 yards and seven touchdowns on 83 carries.
"Tyler is a very powerful runner and he runs hard, and that makes him hard to stop," Coach Brian Van Deusen said. "He's a big part of our offense, and we were having trouble throwing the ball against Wilde Lake, so we needed Tyler to come up big for us, and he did."
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WILDE LAKE AT GLENELG
7 p.m. TOMORROW
Three-time defending county champion Glenelg will host Wilde Lake in its first night football game.
Glenelg (5-0 overall and league) has scored a county-high 176 points this season behind Stephen Bullard (505 yards, 5 TDs), Blake Mullinix (357 yards, 3 TDs) and Trey Crayton (271 yards, 4 TDs).
Meantime, Wilde Lake (2-2 overall, 2-2 league), led by senior running back Nate Yarborough (427 yards, 5 TDs), is off to its worst start since 1994, when it opened the season 1-3. If it loses tomorrow, it will be eliminated from playoff contention.
"I still don't care what anyone says: Wilde Lake is still the team to beat," Glenelg Coach John Davis said. "They have won five state titles and have traditionally been the best team in the county."
Wilde Lake has not defeated a team with a winning record this season, losing to Long Reach, 17-14, on Sept. 11 and River Hill, 21-7, this past Friday.
"I thought we played well in those games, just not good enough to win," Wilde Lake Coach Doug DuVall said. "Glenelg's a good team, and right now, we just have to focus on that game."
-- JON GALLO