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North takes indirect route to win

October 02, 2004|By CURT HORNBECKER

BOONSBORO - Danny Cunningham was happy that his North Hagerstown football team reached the promised land Friday night, but he wasn't pleased with the route they took to get there.

The No. 3 Hubs rolled over winless MVAL Antietam foe Boonsboro, 27-0, but were assessed a whopping 110 yards in penalties along the way.

"We'll take (the win), but it was an ugly game tonight," said Cunningham. "I'm not real happy with our penalty performance. I'll have to get after them Monday. There are some repercussions to be handed out."

North did most of its damage in the second period, as quarterback Robbie Thompson connected on scoring passes of 2 yards to Bernard Artillus, 29 yards to Quielan Gantt, and 16 yards to Darail Porter, while hitting 7 of 9 passes in the quarter for 90 yards.

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"We set up a dummy defense during practice to let the offense get used to the looks," said Thompson. "It's all about practice."

But the Warriors (0-4) didn't give North (3-1) the defensive look they anticipated.

"Boonsboro showed us some things we didn't expect," said Cunningham. "We saw them play a couple different sets (in other games), but tonight they showed a 33 stack. It took a couple of series, but we made some adjustments, and I thought we did a pretty good job picking it up."

A pair of Boonsboro fumble recoveries in the first period gave the Warriors the ball in Hubs' territory, but North's defense responded on each occasion, forcing Boonsboro to turn the ball over.

"In the first quarter, we showed we could hang with them, and got some opportunities," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. "But we squandered them. We just didn't do what we needed to do to take advantage of them."

The Warriors had little success against North's defense all night, picking up just 64 yards of total offense, including six yards rushing in the second half.

But the only difference on the scoreboard in the second half was a breakdown on Boonsboro's punt return team that allowed Porter to scamper 45 yards down the right sideline for the game's final score. The Hubs gained just 59 yards of total offense in the second half.

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