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Rebels play with, put away Cougars

October 21, 2000|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Rebels play with, put away Cougars



THURMONT - For the first 12 minutes, South Hagerstown's football team acted like it was playing with kittens at Catoctin Friday night.

But after realizing they were dealing with Cougars, there was no stopping the Rebels.

It wasn't exactly the way South coach Greg Kellick had it planned, but he was more than pleased with the 33-14 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

The plan was to run the ball against a smaller Catoctin defense. Instead, the Rebels used a potent passing game to open things up for David Line and the South rushing attack. Line finished with 138 yards on 19 carries, and scored a pair of touchdowns, while Domonique Richmond hit nine of 12 passes for 124 yards and three scores.

"We felt we could run the ball off tackle," said Kellick. "But they were loading up the outside, and that opened up the middle. We might take a while getting started, but as long as the kids believe that it's going to come around, that's what we need."

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After a lackluster first quarter in which Catoctin (2-5, 2-4 MVAL) drove 62 yards with its first possession - overcoming three penalties - for a 7-0 lead, with Justin Pickett rolling in from the three, the Rebels opened things up offensively.

"(The Cougars) run that no-split offense very well, and they get good push off the ball," said Kellick. "We felt we had to get them in third-and-long situations to make them do some things they didn't want to do."

Catoctin was ineffective throwing the ball, hitting just 1 of 12 passes for 11 yards. South's Nick Maas caught more passes than the Cougars, hauling in two more interceptions for a total of eight on the season.

South (4-3, 4-2) began opening things up in the second quarter as Richmond found Ryan Jayne for a 32-yard pass early in the period to key a 52-yard march, with Mike Jeter hauling in a Richmond pass for a 13-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7.

Less than three minutes later, Richmond hit Bernie Trost from 25 yards out for a 13-7 advantage the Rebels would not relinquish.

Line took over in the third quarter, rushing for 45 yards in a 61-yard drive before grabbing a Richmond pass from the one. The South junior carried 10 times for 102 yards in the second half.

"Our line blocked better, we hit the holes harder, and our fullback blocked better in the second half," said Line. "We just played the way we practiced, but we couldn't have done any of it without the line."

The Rebels made it 25-7 with 8:17 left in the game when Mike Lee rumbled over from the 3. Line's 37-yard run on South's next possession made it 33-7.

With second-string quarterback Alex Adelsberger in the game - and a number of clean uniforms on defense - the Cougars marched 76 yards in eight plays with Kevin Favorite sprinting around the right side for a 45-yard touchdown.

SOUTH 33, CATOCTIN 14

South013614-33

Catoctin7007-14

C-Justin Pickett 6 run (Kevin Favorite kick)

S-Mike Jeter 13 pass from Domonique Richmond (Tony Marker kick)

S-Bernie Trost 25 pass from Richmond (kick failed)

S-David Line 1 pass from Richmond (run failed)

S-Mike Lee 3 run (pass failed)

S-Line 37 run (Tommy Gibson pass from Richmond)

C-Aaron Venables 45 run (Favorite kick)

SouthCatoctin

First downs158

Rushes-yds41-19341-219

Passes-comp-int12-9-012-1-1

Passing yds12411

Total offense317230

Punts-avg3-215-27.4

Penalties-yds1-57-65

Fumbles-lost1-12-1

Records: South 4-3, 4-2; Catoctin 2-5, 2-4

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