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'Roaders run over Hubs

Both coaches have positives to point to after blowout.

Both coaches have positives to point to after blowout.

October 21, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Talk about rarities. Two coaches with two kinds of wry smiles after a high school football game.

In one corner was Brunswick's Mark Mitchell, happy because of how successful his team was because his offense didn't have to show up in the second half. In the other was North Hagerstown's Danny Cunningham, estatic because his team didn't quit after the first half.

But that's how it was in a wacky, wide-opened kind of way when Brunswick used special teams and defense to score 28 first-half points to hold off North Friday for a 42-23 victory Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory.

"It was a strange game in that respect," Mitchell said. "Scoring like we did is gravy. I've been on both sides of games like that. It's nice to see it from the top side of the clouds."

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Brunswick scored 21 points in the first quarter - three toucdowns on just two offensive plays. Dexter Henderson was instrumental in the Railroaders' early fortunes, returning a punt 33 yards to set up Ryan Carter's 27-yard scoring pass to A.J. Smothers followed by an 82-yard kickoff return and 58-yard interception return.

Meanwhile, the Hubs scratched and clawwed to stay in the game and dominated Brunswick with their running game with one minor exception.

They couldn't score.

"We still have a lot of young kids who are still learning, but I'm proud of how we ran the ball," North coach Danny Cunningham said. "It's hard, but these young kids are eager to learn and don't quit."

And even though North allowed Brandon Dykes to slip behind the defense for a 58-yard touchdown catch with 13 seconds remaining in the half to trail - his first of three TDs - the Hubs stayed in the game.

North outgained Brunswick 398-237, led by a running game which rolled to 307 yards. Derrick Keith finished with 139 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run, while Bobby Waugh finished and Kyle Robinson had 73 yards rushing each.

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