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'Roaders forced off the rials by Hubs

October 10, 2004|by MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

Up the middle or around the corners, offensively or defensively ... there was just no keeping up with the North Hagerstown football team Saturday night.

At least for Brunswick there wasn't.

What appeared to be a showdown between two of the top teams in the MVAL Antietam Conference prior to the game turned out to be a smackdown as the No. 3 Hubs ran away with a 47-0 victory over the Railroaders at School Stadium.

"Speed kills, it's that simple," Brunswick coach Kevin Lynott said. "They're a step quicker than us. We were coming off the ball, executing what we do best and they were just quicker than us."

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North (5-1, 3-0) used its superior speed to produce several big offensive plays and to contain the Railroaders' main running threat, Eric Zwilsky.

The Hubs held Zwilsky - who was averaging 167 yards in his first five games - to 56 yards on 19 carries.

"You have to stop Zwilsky. He's their offense," North coach Dan Cunningham said. "He had some runs early on that bothered me, but the defense buckled down. Our goal was to keep him around 50 yards."

North also forced five Brunswick turnovers - four fumbles and an interception - and limited the Railroaders (3-3, 2-1) to just 63 total yards.

The Hubs rolled up 363 yards with an almost perfectly balanced offense - 180 yards passing, 183 yards rushing.

"We knew they could run, but we hadn't seen much of that on film. It's hard to gauge them," Lynott said. "But they have great balance. They run well and their receiving corps is outstanding."

It took just under six minutes for the Hubs to take full control of the game. They drove 62 yards on their first possession, scoring on a 1-yard plunge by Leon Finley with 8 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter.

After a three-and-out by Brunswick, Robbie Thompson connected with Bernard Artillus for a 57-yard touchdown pass with 6:14 to go and the rout was on.

"The difference today was focus. We were disciplined from the start," Cunningham said. "We had a good week of practice and it showed out here tonight."

Thompson also threw a touchdown pass to Phillip Johns and Logan Kelso threw a scoring strike to Quielan Gantt.

Marcus Scott ran for 101 yards and a touchdown, while Matt Ridenour and William Younger added touchdown runs.

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