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Kelso, Hubs' 'D' too tough

October 07, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

The North Hagerstown Hubs had something else to celebrate besides their Homecoming on Friday night.

The Hubs were dominant in a 27-0 victory over the Brunswick Railroaders in an MVAL Antietam game at School Stadium.

"I thought we started a little sluggish," North coach Danny Cunningham said. "The kids had a lot of distractions this week with Homecoming. But I thought they persevered and overcame the adversity. They really woke up there in the second quarter and rose to the occasion. Hats off to the defense. Having a shutout against Brunswick is an accomplishment."

North senior quarterback Logan Kelso fired three TD passes and finished with 135 passing yards.

"Everything is starting to come together," Kelso said. "It gave me a boost of confidence when the receivers caught the ball. I didn't do the three touchdown passes all by myself. The offensive line really came through big. They opened up trenches tonight. There were big holes and plenty of running room for the backs.

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"The defense really stepped up big. We haven't had a shutout in a long time. It feels great to get a shutout. I have to give a lot of credit to the defense and the offensive line tonight. It was a team effort."

After a scoreless first quarter, North (3-2, 2-0) got on the scoreboard with 5:52 remaining in the second quarter on Kelso's 28-yard scoring pass to Jarell Hasan. Chris Reid's first of three extra points made it 7-0.

The Hubs extended their lead over Brunswick (2-3, 0-2) to 13-0 with 6:33 left in the third quarter when Kelso hit Richie Baymon for a 51-yard TD.

North made it 20-0 with 2:08 left in the fourth quarter on Kelso's 42-yard scoring pass to Hasan.

Just 1:04 later, the Hubs' final score came on Diez Johnson's 8-yard run.

"I think the world of Logan Kelso," Cunningham said. "I think he is the best quarterback that I have ever had a chance to coach. He puts the ball where it needs to be. He throws very catchable balls. Offensively, we just have so many weapons. Personally, I didn't use them all like I should have tonight. We basically sat back and went for the home-run ball tonight. We should have ran the ball a little bit more."

Brunswick coach Kevin Lynott was impressed with the Hubs.

"North is a very good football team," Lynott said. "They played better than us. I was proud of our guys for playing tough. North's defense ... capitalized on mistakes. Logan Kelso is very good and he has an accurate arm. He has a multitude of receivers to go to. North scored when they had to."

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