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FSK shuts out North

September 23, 2000

FSK shuts out North



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


After a stirring win over Walkersville last week, the question now is: Which football team is the real North Hagerstown.

With the possibility of winning its second straight Monocacy Valley Athletic League game, the Hubs self destructed, dropping a 24-0 decision to undefeated Francis Scott Key at School Stadium Friday night.

Whistled for 13 penalties - seven of the 15-yard variety - for 135 yards, North (1-2, 1-1 MVAL) were forced to abort several drives and never threatened after the Eagles connected for a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes.

"We made two errors in the secondary early in the game and they got up, 12-0," said Hubs coach Glenn Cross. "We just never recovered from them."

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After going after three plays in its first series, FSK (3-0, 2-0) opened it up facing a third and 3 on their own 45. Quarterback Ryan Bordner found Brendan MacDaniel for 25 yards and a first down, then hit Justin MacDaniel for a 30-yard toss and a 6-0 lead.

Three minutes later, Brad Stonesifer picked off a Tanner Cross pass at the Hubs 26 and returned it 11 yards to set up a 15-yard strike from Bordner to Chris Bassler for a 12-0 advantage.

"We're a running football team, and we felt like we could run the ball tonight," said FSK coach Mike Coons. "But our quarterback likes to throw the ball and our receivers like to catch the ball, and it worked out well for us."

North had two golden opportunities late in the first half, but a 15-yard penalty on second and 6 from the FSK 16 stalled the first drive, and after recovering an Eagles fumble at the 16 two plays later, the Hubs turned it over on downs at the 7 with just seconds remaining.

A seven-play, 56-yard FSK drive resulted in a 5-yard Bordner touchdown run and an 18-0 lead midway through the third quarter, while North was called for a 15-yard penalty in each of their two drive in the period.

The Hubs ran just two offensive plays in the final eight minutes of the game - with no less than nine penalties being called - before Chris Cochran scampered in from the 25 as time expired.

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