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Eagles can't counter Amedro's air attack

October 09, 2004|by CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - It would be hard for anyone to imagine the numbers Zach Amedro put up in just over six minutes in the first quarter Friday night.

The John Marshall quarterback completed 4 of 4 passes, all for touchdowns, for 147 yards in that six-minute stretch to propel the Monarchs to a convincing 54-25 victory over Hedgesville.

Amedro finished the game - he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter - with 366 yards passing, seven touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown of 34 yards.

"We worked on three different fronts all week, tried to get a blitz package going and used four different coverages," said Hedgesville coach Dave Lopez. "We still couldn't stop them. Once they started getting into a groove, with a quarterback who can throw the ball, and three or four kids who can catch, it didn't matter what coverage we used."

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Ironically, it was Hedgesville (1-6) that scored first and it was set up by one of Amedro's few mistakes. Michael Lopez picked off the senior's fourth pass of the game and returned it 16 yards to the Monarchs 9. Rocky Lane needed just one play to score for a 7-0 Hedgesville lead.

Starting the ensuing drive on his own 10, Amedro needed just three passes of 23, 20 and 47 yards to tie the score 7-7 with 8:13 still left in the first half.

After Eli Griffin's 30-yard field goal put Hedgesville back on top 10-7, Amedro completed his next three passes for scores of 20, 30, and 50 yards and a 27-10 John Marshall lead.

"(The Eagles) were playing up man-to-man pretty tight," said Amedro. "I tried to get the ball beyond them. I have four great receivers who run great routes, have great hands and are able to do something with the ball after they catch it."

Lane added a 1-yard score in the second period, and Michael Lopez hit Tyler Hockman from 15 yards out for Hedgesville's final TD of the game.

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