Knights turn out lights on Rebels

October 31, 1998|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

South Hagerstown head coach Greg Kellick was hoping his statements about Middletown turned out to be just an urban legend.

"I said going in that they could score at will," Kellick said. "And that's exactly what they did."

On Friday, the No. 1 Knights scored on seven of their nine possessions, fumbling the other two times, and used every facet of their game to record a 70-0 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

The victory assures Middletown (9-0, 8-0 MVAL) of no less than a tie with Walkersville for the MVAL crown. The Knights visit the Lions next week to determine the title.

Middletown began the onslaught the first time they touched the ball. Ken Robey returned the opening kickoff 38 yards to his own 46-yard line.


After a couple of first downs, Quarterback Jared Ambrose went left on an option from the 27-yard line and pitched to Lee Guy who ran a tightrope down the sideline to put the Knights up, 7-0.

South's first possession began at its 32-yard line and ended at the 27 after three plays. On fourth-and-15, Richard Levy broke through the middle of the Rebels' line and blocked James Ridgely's punt, nearly taking it off of his foot.

On the next play, Matt Kunka broke off right tackle and scampered 18 yards untouched into the end zone.

The writing was officially on the wall.

Field position was in Middletown's favor all night. South (1-8, 1-7 MVAL) never put a drive together until the fourth quarter, and punted nine times.

Ambrose hit Pat Turner with a five-yard fade to the right corner of the end zone with 4:50 left in the first quarter to make the score 21-0 after a 37-yard drive.

On the last play of the quarter, Robey struck again, returning Ridgely's punt 67 yards down the left sideline, breaking several tackles to raise the score to 28-0.

Middletown duplicated that output in the second quarter. Nathan Rushing took a handoff from Ambrose off the right side to go in from five yards out. Three minutes later, Kunka went the other way to score, also from the 5-yard line.

Kunka recorded his third TD of the night with 2:06 remaining in the half, punching it in from three yards. In between those two scores, Ambrose took one himself on a keeper from the three. At halftime, it was 56-0.

"He (Ambrose) didn't do anything different than I expected," said Kellick. "He didn't have to do anything fancy. They block very well, I knew that. What surprised me was that they block well all over the field, the entire team."

Ambrose gave his starters the rest of the night off after halftime, but that didn't slow down his scoring machine. On the Rebels' first possession, Mark Main intercepted a Dustin Short pass at South's 45 and ran it down the right sideline, scoring untouched.

Quarterback Richard Levy closed out the scoring with a three-yard sneak just before the third quarter ended. The only relief for the Rebels was the "mercy" rule that allows the clock to keep running in the second half when a team is up by at least 35 points.

"We set a policy at the beginning of the season," said Ambrose, "that our starters would play through the third quarter. We eased up on that tonight. I feel bad for Greg. Even as the winning coach, this kind of game is not any fun."

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