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Hubs hit stride early vs. Blazers

October 24, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

Saturday night's MVAL Antietam Conference football game between No. 3 North Hagerstown and Clear Spring at School Stadium began on a good note for the winless Blazers - they recovered an onside kick to start the game.

Unfortunately for them, the rest of the game resembled their seven previous contests, as the Hubs rolled to a 55-0 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 76-12 victory.

The Hubs compiled 419 yards on only 24 offensive plays. North scored twice on punt returns and three times on interception returns.

Matt Ridenour rushed for 112 yards on only four carries, including touchdown runs of 15 and 64 yards.

Darail Porter also scored two touchdowns - the first a show-stopping 73-yard punt return during which he wove through most of the Clear Spring coverage unit, and the second a 49-yard interception return.

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Dink Snowden, Quielon Gannt, Matt Huber and Leon Finley all added first-quarter touchdowns for North.

Bernard Artillus scored from 3 yards out on the first play of the second quarter to give the Hubs a 62-0 halftime lead. North rested most of its starters for the final three quarters.

After the game, the Hubs (7-1, 5-0) had already shifted their attention to next week's contest against undefeated conference foe Smithsburg.

"That game next week is our season," said Hubs coach Danny Cunningham. "It's a huge game with huge implications. I expect a good ballgame. It's going to make us or break us."

The Hubs ran only two offensive plays in the second half, but used a 30-yard interception return by Pat Dattilio and a 39-yard punt return by Brian Kridler to open up a 76-0 lead.

The Blazers (0-8, 0-5) attempted only two rushes, using a five-receiver formation on every play.

"They run an offense that we aren't accustomed to seeing, which will help us looking ahead to the playoffs," said Cunningham.

Tyler Braithwaite connected with Donnie Lapole for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to put Clear Spring on the scoreboard. Braithwaite finished 14 of 44 passing for 162 yards.

"They never quit and they kept plugging away at us," Cunningham said. "They're going to get better soon."

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