Long Reach at Wilde Lake, 2 p.m. Saturday
Long Reach (1-0), which defeated Wilde Lake, 17-14, last year, will try to beat the Wildecats (1-0) in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.
With three minutes remaining, the Lightning tied last year's game at 14 with a touchdown pass. Wilde Lake fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up Ray Gilbert's game-winning field goal with 46 seconds left. The victory propelled Long Reach to its best season in school history, while Wilde Lake missed the playoffs, finishing 6-3.
"That game was the catalyst that started everything for us," said Long Reach Coach Pete Hughes. "To come back the way we did against Wilde Lake I think proved to our guys that we have what it takes to be a good team."
Both teams were impressive in their season openers. Long Reach junior running back Keith Richardson scored three touchdowns in a 40-0 victory over Reservoir, and Wilde Lake senior running back Jarad Flagg rushed for 112 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries in a 48-6 win over Centennial.
"Whenever we play Long Reach, it's always a close game because we are a lot alike in the things we do," Wilde Lake Coach Doug DuVall said. "Last year, they beat us at the end, and the year before that we scored a touchdown in the last few minutes to beat them."