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Hubs treat crowd to a rout of 'Cats

September 25, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown football team made the Homecoming crowd proud Friday night at School Stadium.

The No. 3 Hubs struck early and often, building a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter and rolling to a 59-0 win over the Williamsport Wildcats in the MVAL Antietam Conference opener for each team.

North (3-1, 1-0) scored eight touchdowns, while kicker Brent Toms made all eight of his extra-point attempts and added a 26-yard field goal.

The first three scores for North came on a trio of touchdown passes from quarterback Robby Thompson. Split end Quielan Gantt caught the first and third scores on receptions of 8 and 12 yards, while slotback Darail Porter caught the second TD on a 20-yard play.

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"We have been mainly trying to get focused," Gantt said.

"We have been having great practices," he said. "Every game is going to be a big game for us this year, because all of the teams are coming after us. It is going to be tougher. The line did a great job of blocking. They came out all fired up. They made holes for the quarterback and the running backs."

Thompson was 8 of 9 passing for 111 yards.

"Basically, we worked hard all week," Thompson said. "We put in new offensive plays. The hurry-up offense worked our way all the way. Our goals were to take control and dictate the pace of the game. Right now, I think that our potential is really high. I think that it grows with every practice."

The other touchdown for North in the opening period was a 5-yard run by Matt Ridenour.

The three touchdowns for the Hubs in the second quarter were a 12-yard run by Marcus Scott, a 15-yard fumble return by Porter and a 5-yard run by Lamar Harris.

Toms kicked his 26-yard field goal with 1:17 remaining in the first half to give the Hubs a 52-0 halftime lead.

Dean Staley added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

"We worked well," North coach Danny Cunningham said. "We came out with a little aggression tonight. The attitude and the intensity were there. We worked on making a statement and we made our statement early. We played solid, hard-nosed football. I think that we took advantage of getting the ball to our key playmakers. We took advantage of our field position all night."

Williamsport fell to 0-4 (0-1).

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