Glenelg Coach John Davis says there is a simple reason that the Gladiators average an area- best 52.4 points per game: He calls as few passing plays as possible.
Glenelg has snapped the ball 232 times, rushing 223 times for 2,011 yards, an average of nine yards per attempt. The Gladiators (5-0, 5-0) remain tied with River Hill atop the Howard County standings after posting a 47-0 victory over Centennial on Friday, when they rushed for 375 yards and six touchdowns and senior quarterback Billy West threw just two passes.
"Why should we change who we are?" Davis said. "Running the ball is what we do, and no one has stopped us. Teams are throwing eight, nine, 10 guys around the line of scrimmage, and we're still running the ball. Why throw the ball? That's when bad stuff happens."
Glenelg, which plays at Wilde Lake (3-2, 2-2) on Friday, features senior running backs Trey Crayton (48 carries for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns) and Blake Mullinix (38-336, five scores).
Last season, Glenelg completed 25 of 50 passes for 385 yards, but rushed for 3,478 yards in a 7-3 campaign.
-- Jon Gallo