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.


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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