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Wildcats' bobble study answers North's prayers

October 15, 2005|By CURT HORNBECKER

The first six didn't bother Williamsport at all. But the last two were killers.

The Wildcats recovered all six of their first-half fumbles, but it was the two bobbles in the third period were killers. North Hagerstown took full advantage, turning both into touchdowns en route to a 30-0 MVAL Antietam win Friday at School Stadium.

Hubs quarterback Logan Kelso accounted for both scores with a pair of 5-yard touchdown passes, one each to Mike McMillan and Jarell Rodriguez.

The junior signal-caller completed 16 of 26 passes for 153 yards and four scores, with McMillan hauling in three of them.

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"Our offensive line made a big statement in the second half," Kelso said. "They got the team a lot more hyped. It's good to be back on the winning side."

Meanwhile, the Hubs' defense allowed no running room for Williamsport (2-4), holding the Wildcats to a minus-15 yards on 25 carries.

Both teams missed prime scoring opportunities early in the game. North (3-3) marched inside the Williamsport 10 on its opening drive, but fumbled the ball away to the Wildcats at the 6.

Three plays later, Justin Bussard hit Ryan Lee for a 71-yard completion to the North 15. Three running plays took the ball to the 9 to set up a 28-yard field goal attempt that fell just short.

"The effort and the attitude were there," said Williamsport coach Adrian Custer. "We had a great week of practice, came out here to play and were right there at the half."

North's first score came early in the second period. After McMillan returned a punt 32 yards to the Wildcat 18, Kelso found the sophomore for the only score of the half.

"We shot ourselves in the foot early in the game, so I wasn't too concerned" North coach Danny Cunningham. "I knew we would rebound well. There was a lot of football left."

The two third-quarter scores gave North a working margin. The third Kelso-to-McMillan touchdown pass from the 9 early in the final period iced it for the Hubs.

North defensive tackle Tony Baumgardner completed the scoring by tackling Williamsport's Tysen Palmer in the end zone for a safety.

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