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FSK roars past North-Friday night football

September 23, 2002|by JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs probaly wish Friday night's game against the Francis Scott Key Eagles had only last 24 minutes.

North outscored FSK 20-0 in the first half but the Eagles came back to outscore the Hubs 31-0 in the second half for a 32-24 Monocacy Valey Athletic League win at School Stadium.

FSK (3-0, 2-0) was able to accomplish all of those things without its top running back Eric Saunders, who sat out the game for a non-football related issue.

"We told the kids at halftime that they have got to execute," Francis Scott Key coach John Baugher said.

"Taking the second-half kickoff back 57 yards really pumped us up. Our kids were emotionally picked up in the second half. We really executed during the third quarter. Our kids played the way that they were capable of playing. We took advantage of the opportunities that came our way."

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Brian Horr returned the opening kickoff of the second half 57 yards for Francis Scott Key. Just over a minute later, Josh Rutter, who rushed for 163 yards, charged through the middle for a 4-yard touchdown run. Jim Milesky then kicked the first of his four extra points.

North (0-3, 0-2) then fumbled the football during the kickoff return and Chris St. Germain recovered it for Francis Scott Key. The Eagles then cashed in on that golden opportunity 21 seconds later when Rutter broke through right tackle for a 14-yard touchdown run.

Francis Scott Key scored again less than five minutes later when Andy Akers tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Horr to give the Eagles the lead for good at 21-20 with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter.

The Eagles received another good break when 5-foot-7 junior defensive back Patrick Schweinsberg intercepted a pass at his own 31-yard line. Francis Scott Key then moved the ball down the field and it resulted in Akers throwing a 10-yard touchdown pass to Horr. That gave the Eagles a total of 28 points during the third quarter.

Milesky then added a 19-yard field goal for the Eagles during the fourth quarter.

Layton Hersh had 126 rushing yards for the Eagles.

"I thought that we played a great first half," North Hagerstown coach Danny Cunningham said. "Unfortunately, the first half doesn't make the complete ballgame. Francis Scott Key played a solid second half. We had a lot of missed tackles in the second half. Their running backs are solid. They ran the ball well. We just have to prepare for next week's game."

The Hubs built a 14-0 lead during the first quarter on a 46-yard touchdown run by Derrick Keith and a 38-yard blocked punt recovery by Kyle Robinson for a touchdown. Brent Toms kicked both extra points for the Hubs.

Keith, who had 116 rushing yards, added a 36-yard touchdown run during the second quarter to give the Hubs their 20-0 halftime lead.

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