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Bears repeat as champs

November 11, 2003|by JACK HILL III

HALFWAY - The Williams-port Bears knocked off the previously undefeated Hagerstown Packers 20-18 on Monday night for their second straight Washington County Junior Football League championship.

"I just told the kids from day one to hit hard and play football the way that they are taught," Bears coach Roy Palmer said. "I told them that if they did that, then good things will happen."

Bradley Hewitt had a pair of 1-yard TD runs and finished with 74 rushing yards for the Bears.

"The line made my two touchdowns happen," Hewitt said. "They were able to open up some holes for me."

Hewitt scored his first touchdown in the first quarter and Kyle Cunningham added a two-point kick to give the Bears an 8-0 lead.

Casey McKenrick added a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter to make it 14-0.

Jovann Carter's 39-yard touchdown run later in the quarter brought the Packers back to within eight, 14-6. A 3-yard touchdown run by Gerald Tonsil in the third quarter made it 14-12.

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Hewitt's second touchdown late in the third quarter raised Williamsport's lead to 20-12.

Carter scored on a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter as the Packers closed within two, 20-18. But the two-point kick attempt failed.

The Packers had one last chance with the ball at midfield with a minute to go. But the Bears' defense made a stand to seal the title.

"I felt that defense was the key to our win tonight," Palmer said. "Our defense stepped up and didn't let their backs get outside tonight. It always helps to build an early 14-0 lead. I think that took them out of their game plan and then they had to readjust."

"Both teams gave it 100 percent," Packers coach John Harmon said. "I can't say enough about my kids. I am proud of them."

Kyle Wivell had 132 rushing yards, two TD runs and one TD catch on a 33-yard pass by Bryan Faulders to help the Smithsburg Jets beat the Hagerstown Giants 34-7 in the consolation game.

Alex Akers and Kevan Schellenberg added touchdown runs for the Jets.

Greg Pheabus had a 39-yard touchdown run for the Giants.

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