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Hubs make quick work of Blazers

October 29, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER

North Hagerstown celebrated Senior Night when it hosted Clear Spring at School Stadium on Friday, but it was junior quarterback Logan Kelso who stole the show.

Kelso passed for 147 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a score in one half of action to lead the Hubs past the Blazers 62-0 in the MVAL Antietam.

Kelso exited the game at halftime with the game well in hand at 55-0.

"I thought I played pretty well, but I think it was more about the team coming together," Kelso said. "The line played well and the receivers caught the ball and it all just came together."

Kelso completed 8 of 10 passes to wide-open receivers who appeared to beat Blazers defenders with ease. Jarell Hasan, Dee Mency and Christian Palmer were on the receiving ends of the touchdown strikes.

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"I think they were trying to play us in man coverage and we were able to take advantage of the matchups," said Hubs coach Dan Cunningham. "Logan also did a nice job of looking off the safety to create some space. He only made one bad read and that was on an interception."

The Hubs (4-4, 2-3) complemented the aerial assault with a bruising running game, with 15 players racking up 302 total yards. Jarell Rodriuquez led the pack with 92 yards and a touchdown, while Dink Snowden covered 54 yards and two scores on only three attempts. Even linemen Shawn Baker, Tony Baumgardner and Josh Simpson got in on the action with a carry each.

"Those guys have been working hard all week in practice, so we thought it would be a nice little reward for them," Cunningham said.

Meanwhile the North defense remained solid, holding Clear Spring (1-7, 0-5) to just four yards of offense and one first down - picked up on a 28-yard completion in the fourth quarter.

Take away the late completion and the Hubs held Blazers quarterback Tyler Braithwaite to 6 yards on 4 of 18 passing and picked him off four times - one returned by Kent Worthington for a touchdown.

"This is the third straight game that our defense has come out and played tough," Cunningham said. "The defense hasn't been giving up much and kept us in a lot of games lately."

The victory keeps North's Class 2A West playoff hopes alive. The top four teams in the region are rewarded playoff berths, and entering the game the Hubs were the fifth.

"There's still the thought that we can get in the playoffs, so we know we have to come out and play hard," Kelso said. "We know what we have to do and we're going to do it."

J.R. Shields had an interception and Dan Jarvis recovered a fumble for Clear Spring.

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