Outlook: For the first since 2005, River Hill will take to the field after a loss to Howard County opponent. The Hawks’ run of 48 straight victories against league competition was stopped by Atholton last week in a 10-0 decision in Columbia.
After suffering its’ first shutout loss since 2001, River Hill looks to running back Brent Kluge and quarterback Harry McLaughlin to get the offense back on track. The Hawks are averaging 31 points a contest, five points less at the same juncture last season.
Howard continued its surprising season with a 21-14 homecoming decision over Reservoir last Saturday. Ryan Dacus scored a pair of touchdowns, and quarterback Ryan Wade scored on a one-yard run in the third quarter. The Lions are the second-highest scoring team in Howard County (173), a point behind Wilde Lake.
Last year, River Hill grinded out a tough 30-15 decision over the Lions in Clarksville. John McMichael’s four-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, set up by a 54-yard run by Kluge, helped get the Hawks in the win column.