Glen Burnie used a stifling defense and ball-control offense to defeat Arundel, 19-14, last night in a key Anne Arundel 4A game at Glen Burnie.
Both teams came into the game expecting to run the ball, but the Wildcats' finesse game proved no match for Glen Burnie, which yielded only 42 yards total offense. Running back Rodney Stevens managed only six yards on eight carries, though he did score a fourth-quarter touchdown that gave the Wildcats a brief lead.
Senior running back Andy Baldwin carried 27 times for 128 yards and the game-winning touchdown as Glen Burnie gained 241 of its 267 yards on the ground.
The Wildcats (3-2, 1-2 in Anne Arundel 4A) took the lead with 11:09 remaining when Stevens caught a fourth-down swing pass from Andrew Trout and went 16 yards to tie the game. Stevens kicked the extra point.
However, senior quarterback Kyle Hackett directed the Gophers on a nine-play, 67-yard drive. Baldwin carried five times during the march, including a seven-yard run up the middle for the touchdown.
"Football's a game of emotion," said Wildcats Coach Buddy Hepfer. "We came out flat and you've got to have it when you play against a good team."
On the opening series, Arundel appeared to have the advantage in mental preparedness. The Gophers (4-0, 2-0) were offside on their first play, and on fourth and six from the 18-yard line, Daniel Whitmoyer's punt attempt was blocked by Shawn Devine, who picked up the ball inside the 10 and carried it in for the score.
Three plays into Glen Burnie's next series, Baldwin fumbled and Arundel took over on the Gophers 30. On third and four, defensive end John Singleton sacked Trout for an eight-yard loss, moving Arundel out of field goal range. Stevens's fourth-down run fell four yards short of a first down.
"After that opening score, I was afraid of a letdown," said Gophers Coach Dave Rigot. "But I looked at our kids and they were just so mad they just came back and played well."