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Hedgesville makes its point by a point

October 21, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

Hedgesville makes its point by a point



INWOOD, W.Va. - Hedgesville coach Dave Lopez was prepared for a best case scenario.

He was preparing for overtime after Musselman scored with 17 seconds remaining in renewal of their cross-county rivalry with the Applemen.

Then, in a snap, the Eagles ended up with a better case scenario.

A high snap on the extra point kick allowed Hedgesville's Brian Thomas the split second needed to break through and bat back Andy Shutts' game-tying attempt Friday to seal a stunning 13-12 victory over the Applemen.

"To be honest, I thought (Shutts) was going to make it ... the kid never misses," said Lopez. "I was already talking about what we were going to do in overtime. The snap was high and Brian got it and blocked it."

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The swat turned Thomas from near goat to jubilant hero as the Eagles (4-5) climbed one notch closer to respectability while pulling the rug out on the Applemen, who lost for the seventh straight game.

Thomas was burned on Bobby Weatherholtz's rollout pass for a 13-yard touchdown to Doug Stephens. The Applemen, who were stymied for much of the middle two periods of the game, roared into contention with a 14-play, 77-yard drive that lasted just 2:24.

Twelve passes later, Shutts was lined up to tie the game, but he never got the chance.

The high snap threw off the timing of the play, allowing Thomas the extra step off to the ball.

"If (the snap) is anything high, Thomas has a shot at it," Lopez said. "It gives him a chance to get off the corner. He has blocked five extra points this year."

And so much for the automatic point for the Applemen (2-7).

"We have a good kicker and good special teams, but anytime there is a snap and a hold, that can happen," Musselman coach Denny Price said. "The only thing that could make that last drive any better is making the extra point. You have to finish off the situation ... you kick the extra point."

Until Musselman's final drive, the game was a ground-it-out, hold-that-line kind of an affair which turned out to be a forgettable Homecoming for the Applemen.

Musselman took its opening possession and rattled off a 10-play, 84-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard score by Ryan Horn. A Hedgesville penalty gave the Applemen the opportunity to go for two, but the Eagles stuffed the run.

Hedgesville used patience and Musselman's mistakes - 15 penalties for 130 yards - for a second-quarter TD on a Sean Moore-to-Devon Deeds 10-yard scoring pass to take a 7-6 halftime lead. The Eagles capped a 13-play drive that lasted 7:13 with a 7-yard run by John Dunham.

"We went from having no respect to .... we still have a long way to go," Lopez said. "This is huge."

Hedgesville 13, Musselman 12

Hedgesville0760-13

Musselman6006-12

M - Ryan Horn 1 run (run failed)

H - Devon Deeds 10 pass from Sean Moore (Alex Bennett kick)

H - John Dunham 7 run (kick blocked)

M - Doug Stephens 13 pass from Bobby Weatherholtz (kick blocked)

HM

First Downs1616

Rushes-yards47-16834-159

Passing yards2394

Comp.-Att.-Int. 4-6-08-15-0

Total yards53-19149-253

Fumbles-lost1-01-1

Punts-avg.3-35.74-30.8

Penalties-yards3-1515-130

Records: Hedgesville 4-5, Musselman 2-7

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