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Nesbitt stars as Catoctin routs North-prep football

October 01, 2002|by JACK HILL III

THURMONT, Md. - Senior running back Ryan Nesbitt, who is 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, was the big man for the Catoctin Cougars on Monday night.

Nesbitt scored four touchdowns on three runs and one reception to lead the Cougars to a 41-14 victory over the North Hagerstown Hubs in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League football game.

Nesbitt finished with 83 rushing yards on 12 carries for Catoctin (3-1, 2-1).

"Ryan Nesbitt is a three-year starter for us," Catoctin coach Doug Williams said. "We expect big things from him and he came through for us tonight. He is only a little guy, but he runs hard for a little guy."

North (0-4, 0-3) took an early 7-0 lead just 3:46 into the game when Quielan Gantt scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and Brent Toms kicked the first of his two extra points.

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But it was all downhill for the Hubs after that as they committed five turnovers, four fumbles and one interception.

After recovering a fumble on a punt return by the Hubs, the Cougars got on the scoreboard when quarterback Jason Johnson threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Nesbitt with 2:53 remaining in the first quarter to trim the lead to 7-6.

The Hubs then fumbled the kickoff and the Cougars recovered once again. Shortly thereafter, Johnson scored on a 3-yard run to give Catoctin the lead for good, 12-7.

"Jason Johnson had a pretty good passing game for us," Williams added. "The passing game opened up our running game tonight."

Johnson completed 5 of 7 passes for 73 yards. He also made a key play on defense by recovering a fumble midway through the second quarter and that led to an 8-yard touchdown run by Vince Reaver for the Cougars.

Nesbitt also had an interception that eventually led to his 2-yard touchdown run that gave Catoctin a 28-7 lead at halftime.

Nesbitt added a 19-yard touchdown run during the third quarter and a 20-yard score in the fourth quarter for the Cougars as they built a 41-7 lead with just over seven minutes left in the game.

The Hubs got their final touchdown when reserve quarterback Ryan Rau threw a 49-yard pass to Gantt, who takes advantage of his speed by playing several positions on offense.

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