FSK ruins South's Homecoming

October 13, 2000

FSK ruins South's Homecoming

By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

Mike Coons came back to School Stadium Friday night for South Hagerstown's Homecoming football game.

And he ruined everything for his alma mater, with a little help from his Francis Scott Key Eagles.

The Eagles rushed for 297 yards, pounding the ball through the Rebels defense from every direction in a 27-8 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over the Rebels.

"I'm sure I'm one of the only South alums who had a good Homecoming tonight," said Coons. "I always like to see South do well. But winning is OK, too."

Winning is something the Eagles (6-0, 5-0) have been doing a lot of lately. They clinched their first winning season since 1977 and hold a two-game lead over South, North Hagerstown and Middletown in the league standings, with wins over each already in their pocket.


FSK made it look easy against the Rebels (3-3, 3-2), racking up 167 yards in the first half while holding South to 39. The Rebels had five first downs in the first half - three of which came on penalties.

"I thought we had a good week in practice offensively," said South coach Greg Kellick. "We knew they didn't give up a lot of points, a lot of first downs. But they shut us down completely."

The FSK defense wasn't alone in keeping the Rebels offense in check. The Eagles offense pitched in by staying on the field for the majority of the second half.

Each team had two possessions after the break. FSK had the ball for 17 minutes, 38 seconds; South had it for 6:22.

The backbreaker was a 19-play, 98-yard drive that took 10:01 off the clock and resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Bordner to give FSK a 27-0 lead with 2:49 remaining in the game.

"We saw how South could score points in a hurry last week," Coons said. "Controlling the ball was really important in the second half."

Mike Lee scored on a 12-yard option play with 1:13 left as the Rebels avoided the shutout. The TD run was set up by a 41-yard pass from Domonique Richmond to Ryan Jayne.

Brad Stonesifer led the Eagles with 187 yards on 25 carries. Brendan MacDaniel added 93 yards. Each scored a touchdown.

Nick Maas had two interceptions for South, giving him a Tri-State area-best seven this season.

FSK 27, S. Hagerstown 8



FSK - Jason Billings 12 run (Tom Fletcher kick)

FSK - Brendan MacDaniel 49 run (Fletcher kick)

FSK - Brad Stonesifer 12 run (kick failed)

FSK - Ryan Bordner 1 run (Fletcher kick)

SH - Mike Lee 12 run (Domonique Richmond run)


First downs1810


Passing yards3560


Total offense56-32239-146




Records: Francis Scott Key 6-0, 5-0; South Hagerstown 3-3, 3-2.

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