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Hedgesville rebounds by sticking it to Frankfort

September 03, 2005|By CURT HORNBECKER

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va

In a span of just seven days, the Hedgesville football team went from bitter disappointment to total jubilation, with no harmful side effects.

The prescription?

A convincing 30-8 victory over a solid Frankfort squad that was simply outplayed.

Friday's win goes a long way toward eliminating the sour taste of last week's season-opening loss to rival Martinsburg.

"Last week we were so up for the game, but still came out on the short end." said Eagles coach Dave Lopez. "I was wondering coming out here how we were going to respond. But for us to come out and play so hard and so well against a good Frankfort team, and get the job done, it's just outstanding. I'll be glad to hang this "W" up in the locker room."

It was the Hedgesville defense that sparked this "W". Through three quarters, the Falcons managed a scant 79 yards of total offense and were stopped cold three times on interceptions by Kyle Leonard, whose grandfather passed away Thursday night. Two of the three picks set up Eagles scores.

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"He gets the game ball," said Lopez.

While Leonard and the defense provided the spark, the offense - spurred by Richard Lane's 108 rushing yards on 18 carries, and two TDs - held up its end.

"Our offensive line was strong enough to bust off the ball, and made it easy for me," said Lane. "I just took the ball and ran."

But the Eagles were slow to get started offensively, with two dropped passes in the first series and a loss of five yards in the second. Michael Lopez and Michael Bowers changed it all, hooking up for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

Lane made it 13-0 on a 4-yard jaunt early in the second, and carried the ball four times for 24 yards in the 27-yard march, set up by a Falcons fumble.

Less than two minutes before the half, Chad Dutrow hauled in a 32-yard pass from Michael Lopez for a 20-0 advantage.

Leonard's second interception, on Frankfort's first possession of the second half, led to an Eli Griffin 35-yard field goal, and Lane's second TD, a 2-yard blast, was set up by Leonard's third pick.

Michael Lopez finished with four completions for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

The Falcons' only score came with less than eight minutes left on a 1-yard Jason Yoder run.

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