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North rolls

October 27, 2000

North rolls



By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent


SMITHSBURG - North Hagerstown had a mission - and it chose to accept it - to run the football to the outside.

And during the completion of that mission, Smithsburg self-destructed, dropping a 27-10 Monocacy Valley Athletic League decision to the Hubs Friday night.

The Hubs romped for 320 yards rushing - mostly on sweeps, pitches and options - to rally from a 10-0 first-quarter deficit, with Tanner Cross rushing for 83 yards on six carries and a pair of touchdowns, while Zach Stowell finished with 90 yards on 16 tries and one score.

"That's what they were giving us, and that's what we had to do," said Hubs coach Glenn Cross of his club's outside running game. "We got some nice runs inside, too. We just got a lot of good play out of a lot of people."

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That certainly wasn't the case in the first period as the Leopards (1-7, 0-7 MVAL) drove 51 yards on their opening series, settling for a 32-yard Patrick Bergstrom field goal. Then, after North's first drive stalled at the Smithsburg 31, Dustin Sier (152 yards, 22 carries) broke away for a 65-yard romp to set up his 3-yard score for a 10-0 advantage with five seconds remaining in the quarter.

The Hubs (5-3, 5-2 MVAL) responded at the outset of the second period, marching 65 yards on 10 plays - sparked by Cross' 27-yard keeper - with Stowell plowing in from the one.

The Hubs - despite being pinned on its own 16 with just over four minutes left in the half - managed to drive 84 yards in 12 plays, with Cross scrambling down the left sideline for a 35-yard score with just 44 seconds left, after not being able to find an open receiver.

"That was the play that gave them the momentum," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "We just went brain-dead defensively. We made bad mistakes at the worst possible time tonight."

The Leopards had ample opportunity to regain the lead early in the third period, but a holding call nullified a 33-yard carry by Sier, which would have given Smithsburg a first down at North's eight. But the drive fizzled, and the Hubs responded with an 11-play, 80-yard march for a 20-10 lead.

A Christopher Campbell interception and 25-yard return gave the Hubs a first down at the Smithsburg 27, and a 6-yard Travis Carbaugh TD sealed the win for North.

North 27, Smithsburg 10


North014013-27

Smithsburg10000-10

S-Patrick Bergstrom 32 FG

S-Dustin Sier 3 run (Bergstrom kick)

N-Zach Stowell 1 run (Jeremy Petty kick)

N-Tanner Cross 35 run (Petty kick)

N-Cross 4 run (pass failed)

N-Travis Carbaugh 5 run (Petty kick)

NorthSmiths

First downs208

Rushes-yds47-32031-152

Passes-comp-int14-6-05-3-1

Passing yds10028

Total offense420180

Punts-avg0-03-44

Penaties-yds9-682-25

Fumbles-lost4-01-0

Records: North 5-3, 5-2; Smithsburg 1-7, 0-7.

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