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Hancock finishes its season strong

November 11, 2000|By JACK HILL III

Hancock finishes its season strong



HANCOCK - It's a tried and true adage, and for Hancock, they tried it and it was true.

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

After a team meeting following a 2-5 start to their season, the Panthers regrouped and won their last three games of the regular season, finishing at .500 with a 28-14 win over the D.C. Model School Eagles.

"We were 5-4 in 1990 and that was my next-to-last season as assistant coach under Jeff Bailey," Hancock coach Bill Sterner said. "We had a team meeting after our loss at Turkeyfoot. All of the players decided that they wanted to finish at .500.

"We re-established our goals. Everybody has worked much harder since then and they pulled together as a team."

Even though Hancock is the smallest school in the state of Maryland to field a football team, Sterner accepted the challenge of coaching and is quick to credit his kids.

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"I have got to hand it to them; they were a fun team to coach," Sterner said. "It's tough putting together a football team at Hancock as small as we are. It's a tough challenge, but it's a good challenge. It's a good feeling to accomplish what we did and to be able to meet that challenge."

Senior tailback Chris Dobrzanski rushed for 140 yards and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run for Hancock. Dobrzanski finished the season with 1,409 rushing yards, 16 rushing touchdowns and 116 total points.

"I have to give credit to the offensive line," Dobrzanski said. "When they open up the holes, just about anybody can run through them. I couldn't have done it without the blockers."

Jake Pittman had a pair of touchdown receptions for the Panthers. Pittman caught a 33-yard halfback option pass from Dobrzanski and a 13-yard pass from quarterback Josh Wills. Wills also had an interception, his seventh of the year.

"That's the best way to end the season, to come out with a victory," Pittman said. "As the season progressed, we progressed as a team."

Hancock 28, D.C. Model School 14

D.C. Model School0707-14

Hancock61660-28

H - Ray 6 run (run failed)

DC - Bunch 85 run (Higgins kick)

H - Dobrzanski 1 run (Wills run)

H - Pittman 33 pass from Dobrzanski (Pittman run)

H - Pittman 13 pass from Wills (kick blocked)

DC - Bunch 9 run (Higgins kick)

D.C.Han

First downs1416

Rushes-yards43-28947-171

Passes4-12-13-5-0

Passing yards4024

Total offense55-32952-195

Fumbles-lost3-02-1

Punts-ave.1-22.03-25.3

Penalties-yards9-713-20

Records: Hancock 5-5.

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