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No letting down for these Hubs

North Hagerstown stays undefeated with a 34-14 victory over Boonsboro

North Hagerstown stays undefeated with a 34-14 victory over Boonsboro

October 05, 2003|by JACK HILL III

The North Hagerstown Hubs extended their season-opening winning streak to five games by beating the Boonsboro Warriors 34-14 Saturday night in a MVAL Antietam Conference football game at School Stadium.

Senior tailback Rigoberto Valentin gained 214 rushing yards on 20 carries and one touchdown for North Hagerstown (5-0, 2-0).

"I feel good about the team being 5-0 at this point," Valentin said. "We have to take it one game at a time. Even though we are 5-0, we practice like we are 0-5 and that really helps us. We can go to the states, if we stay focused."

Valentin credited the entire offense for his performance.

"The line was blocking," Valentin said. "They were just getting the holes open and it was great. Our offense was in sync together. We have a lot of weapons. We have a lot of backs and receivers that can run fast."

Senior tailback Bryan Slater ran for two touchdowns and finished with 109 yards on 12 carries for the Hubs.

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North Hagerstown accumulated 396 rushing yards.

The Hubs scored 21 first-quarter points to put Boonsboro (0-5, 0-2) in an early hole.

Slater got North Hagerstown on the scoreboard 3:38 in on a 2-yard touchdown run.

The Hubs scored their other two touchdowns in the period after Jon Breehl and James Cook recovered fumbles.

John Kline scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and Valentin added a 6-yard touchdown run.

Slater got his second score on a 17-yard run with 3:36 remaining in the second quarter to give the Hubs a 27-0 halftime lead.

North Hagerstown's final score came on the first play of the fourth quarter on Dean Staley's 1-yard plunge.

Boonsboro scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on a 15-yard pass from Zach Shoemaker to Josh Lewis and a 1-yard run by Jeremiah Mills.

"I'm very happy and I'm very proud of these kids," North Hagerstown coach Danny Cunningham said. "They have worked extremely hard to get this far. I'm really happy about the progress at this point. But we are only halfway there. We have still got a lot of work to do."

Shoemaker, a sophomore, completed 6 of 9 passes for 153 yards for the Warriors.

"They were doing a nice job of executing their offense and we did a bad job of tackling," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "That is a bad combination for us and a good combination for them."

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