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Hubs 'dig deep' for record win

November 01, 2003|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

Dan Cunningham couldn't help but break open the Coach's Quotebook when he talked about his North Hagerstown football team.

"We are extremely deep," Cunningham said. "At any given time, anyone can step up and contribute. It could happen on any given night."

The given night came Friday. The Hubs turned the cliches into reality as quarterback Robbie Thompson came off the bench to throw four touchdowns and North spread out the offensive wealth to run off a 35-6 victory over Smithsburg at School Stadium.

In fact, it took less than a half for Thompson - who replaced starter Ryan Rau on North's third offensive series - to set a North school record for scoring passes in a game. Meanwhile, nine Hubs runners rolled up 266 yards rushing to control the game.

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North set another school record with its 9-0 start for most wins in a season as Derrick Keith scored on two of Thompson's passes to give him 21 career touchdowns, second on the Hubs' all-time scoring list.

"(The Hubs) really dig deep," Cunningham said with more quotebook fodder. "They don't quit. They haven't quit since Day One."

While the offense put the game away for the No. 2 Hubs, the defense set the tone early.

Smithsburg got a break at the North 34 when Matt Feiser recovered Rau's fumble on the opening series.

The No. 5 Leopards moved the ball to the North 12 before tailback Brandon White was stuffed on a fourth-and-1 play.

"We just didn't score on the first drive," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "If we could have scored, I really think we could make a game of it. We had a fourth-and-2 and ran the ball over our best people and they stopped it. (North plays) with a lot of enthusiasm and have a lot going for them this year."

Thompson came on with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter and got immediate results. He drove the Hubs from their 20 to the Smithsburg 32 and a fourth-and-8. North came out in a spread formation, allowing Thompson to find Keith over the middle on a 15-yard pass that turned into a 32-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Thompson hit on a 23-yard pass to Quielan Gantt, an 11-yard strike to Daniel Zamora and a 9-yard throw to Keith for touchdowns in the second quarter to give the Hubs a 28-0 halftime lead. The first two came when Smithsburg had the Hubs in long-yardage situations.

Bryan Slater ran 21 yards for a score to open the fourth quarter for a 35-point lead.

Smithsburg was held off the board until the final 44 seconds when Justin Thompson scored on a 4-yard run.

North's defense limited Smithsburg to 71 yards rushing on 34 carries, including 57 yards by White. The Hubs were led by Rigo Valentin, who finished with 114 yards.

"We were unable to move the ball and maintain it," Orndorff said. "They wore us down ... that's what we have been doing to everyone else."

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