Rhodes rolls over Hubs

September 19, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

Frederick scored touchdowns on its first three possessions to take an early two-touchdown lead over visiting North Hagerstown and never let the Hubs get any closer as they cruised to a 35-7 victory Friday night in a battle of previously undefeated teams.

"They dominated the game from start to finish," said North coach Danny Cunningham.

The Cadets (3-0) took the ball 65 yards on seven plays on their first possession, culminating in a 4-yard touchdown run by Gerald Price.

The Hubs (2-1) - who had their 12-game regular-season winning streak snapped - countered on the ensuing possession, scoring on a 29-yard pass play from Robby Thompson to Darail Porter to take a 7-6 lead.

North had the Cadets backed up on their next drive - facing a second-and-25 on their own 17-yard line - but Bruce Dorsey busted up the middle for an 80-yard run. Two plays later, Dorsey plunged into the end zone from a yard out to give Frederick the lead for good.


The Cadets defense forced a three-and-out on the next possession and then blocked the punt to take over on the Hubs 33-yard line. Price scored his second touchdown two plays later, going 17 yards up the middle to give Frederick a two touchdown cushion.

Frederick held North to just 35 yards rushing on 31 attempts.

"They took away our running game...they're big and strong and quick," said Cunningham. "They're a better football team than we are. Our kids played well, but Frederick's a good football team."

North had chances to get back in the game in the third quarter, recovering two Frederick fumbles, including one deep in Cadets territory, but the Frederick defense never allowed the Hubs to capitalize.

The Hubs were stopped twice on fourth down in the quarter, once on the Cadets 32-yard line and later on their 15-yard line.

Frederick extended its lead to 28-7 late in the third when Billy Gross streaked down the left sideline uncovered on a 36-yard pass from Cory Rhodes.

The Cadets put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter when Rhodes hit Brian Lanning for a 48-yard touchdown. Rhodes completed 10 of 12 passes for 186 yards.

Dorsey ran for 147 yards on 15 carries to pace the Cadets on the ground.

"These first seven games for us are brutal," said Frederick coach Vince Ahearn. "We feel pretty good about how we're doing but we're not playing that well. We're still making too many mistakes. Our run defense is really good right now though."

Thompson passed for 150 yards and Bernard Artillus had six receptions for 52 yards for the Hubs.

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