Category: River Hill Football
Hawks score all 23 points in the first half to take control of Howard County battle
by Donald Daniels
No. 20 Wilde Lake ran into a road block in its matchup against defending Howard County football co-champion River Hill, Friday night in Clarksville, as the host Hawks held off the Wildecats, for a 23-15 victory.
River Hill prospered behind a strong running attack and forced three turnovers, while senior signal caller Robby Windsor went 4-of-14 for 129 passing yards with one touchdown. Windsor also rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Hawks, Jordan Perry, Zach Igwebe and Beau Brade combined for 169 yards rushing on 38 carries.
Windsor connected on a long pass play during the Hawks first possession, when he hit a streaking Spencer Brockdorff for a 46-yard gain deep into Wilde Lake territory. A few plays later, Brade brought the ball down to the 1-yard line before Windsor capped the Hawks’ opening possession with a score.
“The key to the game was preparation,” Windsor said. “We worked really hard this week and we knew it would be a tough game, and we came out and we proved that we can hang with anyone in the county.”
Both squads traded field goals which allowed River Hill (3-1) to maintain a touchdown cushion after one quarter, but the Hawks immediately stretched that lead thanks to an interception from Brade. The Wildecats, who dropped to 3-1 after getting off to their first 3-0 start since 2008, finally caught the two-time All-County defensive back at the eight-yard line, but they could not prevent the miscue from turning into points. Brockdorff took the direct snap on third down and barreled into the end zone, putting the Hawks ahead, 17-3.
Much of the Wilde Lake’s production came from senior quarterback Eli Fisher, who ran for 43 yards in the first half. Fisher scored the lone offensive touchdown for the Wildcates on a 11-yard scamper to cut the River Hill lead to 17-9.
Overall, the Hawks’ defense executed its game plan of limiting Wilde Lake’s big-play potential and specifically senior playmaker Osita Smith, who finished with just one catch of 21 yards that served as the Wildecats’ longest gain of the game.
“We’ve got new guys coming in, so we’re still learning and guys are getting better and getting more experienced,” River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen said. “So, we’ve got to keep [teams] off balance, and I think the good thing this year is that Robby [Windsor] is throwing the ball pretty well and we’re making more plays in the passing game.”
River Hill extended their lead with two minutes left in the first half when Windsor found a wide open Anthony Behrmann for a 33-yard touchdown pass to push the Hawk lead to 23-9.
The second half saw neither team move the ball well. The Hawks first possession of the third quarter ended in a Windsor interception from Wilde Lake sophomore Amari Hutson, and the second concluded with a missed 38-yard field goal. Their third drive came early in the fourth quarter and stalled, too. With 8 minutes, 53 seconds to play, Wilde Lake took over on its own 32-yard line.
With seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter the Wildecats burst through the Hawks’ offensive line, forcing a fumble which resulted in a 30-yard Kyjuan Adams defensive touchdown. Adams made the scoop and run without a single Hawk player anywhere near him. The Adams score brought Wilde Lake within eight after the Wildecats failed to connected on the extra point attempt.
River Hill was then forced to punt the ball back to Wilde Lake with four minutes left, after a three and out. The Wildecats completed two short passes and took a sack before an incompletion gave the ball back to River Hill, ending any chance for the Wildecats to tie up the game.
“With any athletic team, you wind up playing in competition the way you practice,” Wilde Lake coach Michael Harrison said. “We didn’t have a great week of practice, and I don’t think we played particularly well today.”
RIVER HILL 23, NO. 20 WILDE LAKE 15
Wilde Lake 3 6 0 6 — 15
River Hill 10 13 0 0 — 23
RH - Robby Windsor 1 run (Bryant Santiago kick)
WL - Sam Nason 32 FG
RH - Santiago 19 FG
RH - Spencer Brockdorff 4 run (Santiago kick)
WL - Eli Fisher 11 run (run failed)
RH - Anthony Behrmann 33 pass from Robby Windsor (kick failed)
WL - Kyjuan Adams 30 fumble return (kick failed)