Owens leads the way in a 14-6 playoff win

What a difference two weeks makes.

On Oct. 27, No. 6 River Hill blanked Howard County rival Glenelg 20-0 as the Hawks were on their way to a 9-0 regular season and the top seed in the 2A South Region playoffs.

Glenelg senior Wande Evans, one of the area’s top running back, rushed for 167 yards to help the Gladiators upset No. 6 River Hill, 14-6.

On Friday, however, Glenelg (7-3) changed the script on the Hawks, as junior Wande Owens solved the River Hill defense to rush for 167 yards allowing the Gladiators to consistently move the ball and control time of possession, in a surprising 14-6 win over the Hawks.

Owens’ efforts paved the way for a pair of short rushing touchdowns by Gladiator quarterback Tyler Reiff.

River Hill (9-1) moved the ball well on its opening possession and took a 3-0 lead on a 34-yard field goal by Cooper McGeehan. Glenelg, however, took the lead for good on a 1-yard sneak by Reiff, early in the second quarter. The lead grew to 14-3 when Reiff scored on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

The Hawks made it a one score game when McGeehan connected again, for a 24-yard field goal, but River Hill was never able to reach the end zone. It was the first time this season the Hawks failed to score a touchdown in a game.

Next week Glenelg will travel to Thomas Stone to battle for the 2A South Region championship. Third-seeded Stone advanced with a 24-21 win over second-seeded Westlake.