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Richardson runs over South

October 10, 1998

By MIKE WOLFF / Staff Writer

After playing the way the South Hagerstown Rebels did during their homecoming game Saturday, they might want to hit the road again.

In a game where both teams spurned the pass plays in their playbooks, the Francis Scott Key Eagles beat South 26-14 for their first victory of the season.

"It feels great to get our first win," said FSK head coach Mike Coons. "This is special for me because this is my alma mater and I played on this field."

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More often than not, FSK gave the ball to senior running back Jason Richardson. He responded with a domineering game, carrying the ball 32 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns.

"That's generally our philosophy," Coons said. "We like to have a go-to guy, and we haven't had that much this year. Our game is to go with the hot hand."

South (1-5, 1-4 MVAL) struggled most of the game, failing to find any consistency on offense. It was only able to complete two passes - one when freshman quarterback Dominique Richmond caught his own deflected pass for a loss of 10 yards.

The lone bright spot for South was senior tailback Jason Priecko. He ran for 121 yards on 20 carries.

"We just didn't play today," South head coach Greg Kellick said, "Whether it was because it was an afternoon game or the fact that it was homecoming, I don't know. We just weren't sharp in the pregame warmups, and we weren't sharp in the game."

South opened the scoring at the end of the first quarter when Richmond returned a punt 98 yards, and Priecko ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead.

FSK (1-5, 1-4) came back in the second quarter when sophomore quarterback Russell Tyler hit tight end Brandon Schaffer with an 8-yard scoring strike.

The Eagles added another score in the third quarter to take a 14-8 lead, but South answered with its lone offensive TD of the game. Priecko broke loose to tie the game on a 65-yard run, thanks to great blocking by his offensive line.

"Priecko is a player," Kellick said. "He had a nice game, and we have come to expect that of him."

FSK put the game away with two TDs in the fourth quarter. It took the lead for good on a 3-yard scoring run by Richardson. The key moment of the drive was when South lost control of its emotions and was called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties totaling 30 yards. The infractions moved FSK to South's 18-yard line and set up Richardson's TD.

The Eagles iced the game on Richardson's third TD, when he took the ball in from the 7.

"We needed this win," Coons said. "In the first half we didn't do what was necessary to win. I asked the kids to come out and give 24 minutes and they did."

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