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Glen Burnie snap a 21-game losing streak
At least three times this season, Glen Burnie had been in striking distance to end its 21-game losing streak but fell short. The Gophers broke through on Friday, taking down Broadneck, 28-26.
"It was a long time coming," said Glen Burnie Coach Tom Newman. "We were very close for a few of our games. To finally break through was great, especially for the kids."
The Gophers scored running, passing and with special teams.
Quarterback Tim Dash was 7-for-9 for 204 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, completing scoring strikes to Justin Murdock for 16 yards and Korey Nicholson for 68 yards. Matt Smith rumbled for a 56-yard touchdown run and Murdock took a kickoff 95 yards for another score.
Despite the Gophers' 397 yards of offense, the game still came down to one play. With about a minute to go, the Gophers needed a first down to secure the win and could not get it in three downs. On the ensuing punt, the Bruins were called for roughing the kicker -- a 15-yard penalty and automatic first down. Then it was a tale of two sidelines, with the Bruins dropping their heads and "complete jubilation" on the Gophers' side.
"The kids went crazy, and rightfully so. It's difficult to have the monkey on your back like that," Newman said. "They understood the meaning" of the win.
Before last Friday, the Gophers played three games in a row -- against Chesapeake, Meade and South River -- in which they missed late opportunities to win. The 31-16 loss to Arundel last week could have buried any hopes for victory this season.
"When you go 0-7 and you haven't won in the previous season, it's difficult to even get up for games any more," Newman said. "You just think, 'Here we go again.'
"These guys are just determined to do it. . . . They're a group of guys who hang together tight and just won't quit. They refuse to quit."
Northeast's three-game win streak
After being in a funk at the beginning of the season, Northeast has climbed back to 3-5 after beating Meade, 46-22. Jeff Jones, a force in each of the wins, rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries against Meade. He also added four two-point conversions, and on defense, an interception, a deflected pass and five tackles.
"They've been like two different teams," Northeast Coach Mike Cotham said. "I can't figure out why they finally did what they did. . . . I wish it could have been earlier in the year, but I'm glad we have the chance to end up 5-5."
Jones has 601 yards rushing on 91 carries this season with 10 touchdowns, nine of them on the ground; he piled up 353 of his rushing yards in the three wins.
Spalding clinch a spot in the B Conference title game
It's usually Spalding's offense that wins games -- the Cavaliers have scored more than 20 points in six of their nine games and more than 30 four times -- but the defense had to step up this past weekend to beat county foe St. Mary's, 8-0, and claim a spot in the MIAA B Conference title game to be played Nov. 11 at Towson University.
Perhaps the Cavaliers' biggest defensive stand occurred with just over a minute and a half remaining in the game. The Saints had the ball on the Spalding eight-yard line on fourth down, and the Saints' pass into the end zone was tipped at the line by defensive end Tommy Bennington and fell incomplete, ending the threat. Spalding running back Mike Whittles ran for a first down on the following possession to end the game.
"Our defense really played well," said Spalding Coach Mike Whittles. "We really minimized their running game, which we knew we'd have to do."
Spalding's defense held St. Mary's to 149 yards rushing and 34 passing. The defensive line did a particularly good job up front, said Coach Whittles, taking on blockers so linebackers Jake Trantin and Whittles could be free to roam and make plays. Trantin made 23 solo and assisted tackles; Whittles had 21.
The lone score of the day belonged to Trantin, who also plays running back. He took the ball off tackle to the left for a 51-yard touchdown, finishing with 79 yards on seven carries.
You Should See
St. Mary's vs. Severn
Monday, 6 p.m.
In perhaps the biggest rivalry in the county, the Admirals have defeated the Saints in their last two meetings and in three of the last four seasons. Severn hopes that its spread offense can once again lead it to victory over the single-wing attack of St. Mary's.
Severn was on its game last week against Baltimore Lutheran, winning 41-6. Junior Nick Elsmo caught two touchdown passes from senior Brendan Lane and ran for another touchdown.
Lane has thrown for more than 800 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.