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Hubs break away from Clear Spring

October 28, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

CLEAR SPRING - For the first seven minutes, Clear Spring had North Hagerstown right where it wanted it.

Then the skies let loose on the Blazers and the Hubs quacked their way to a 49-6 MVAL Antietam football victory Friday night.

North (5-3, 4-1) gets a chance next week to forge a conference tie for first when it hosts Catoctin (7-1, 5-0), a 52-14 winner over South Hagerstown on Friday.

"It's a big one and we need to get healthy," said North coach Dan Cunningham.

Quarterback Logan Kelso and running back Diez Johnson are among active players battling injuries. Several other Hubs, including Richie Baymon and Marcellus Sumlin, did not play Friday.

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"We reminded (the players) that Clear Spring hasn't beaten us and we wanted to go out and win each series of downs and be productive," said Cunningham.

Three of North's scores were on three plays total and another took two plays. All told, North ran only 28 plays for the game, producing 267 total yards.

"Boonsboro beat us with fundamentals and that's what we went back to this week," said Cunningham of last week's loss. "We worked on blocking and some of our double-team assignments."

After Johnson scored from the 8-yard line to cap North's opening six-play, 59-yard drive and Chris Reid's kick made it 7-0, things were a little dicey for the Hubs, even if it were for only a few minutes.

Dan Jarvis returned the kickoff 75 yards to the North 15 and, on the third play, scored from the 5-yard line with 5:08 left in the opening quarter. However, Clear Spring's effort at a two-point conversion failed.

"I wasn't happy about that return," said Cunningham.

But the Hubs struck quickly as Johnson ran 51 yards and Justin Donaldson followed with runs of 21 and 10 yards, the latter for a score.

The first of several Clear Spring mistakes then began to surface.

A bad snap on a punt gave the Hubs the football at the Blazers' 49 and Kelso immediately hit Jarell Hasan on a 49-yard scoring play with 47 seconds left in the quarter.

An interception by Cadyn Robinson set up the Hubs' next score four minutes into the second quarter on one play, a 14-yard run by Kelso, who was nearly sacked at the 25 before escaping trouble.

Two exchanges later, Alan Walker picked off a pass and rambled 16 yards. The Hubs made it 42-6 by halftime when Kelso connected with Mike McMillan from 12 yards after the Hubs' Alec Nelson recovered a Clear Spring fumble.

The only score in a clock-running second half was the opening kickoff when Hasan raced 78 yards along the North sideline for six points.

"Clear Spring's players played with heart," said Cunningham. "(Jarvis) was tough."

Jarvis stood out for the Blazers (1-7, 0-5), piling up 214 all-purpose yards. He had 61 yards rushing on 19 carries and 153 on kickoff returns.

"(Jarvis) is one of those kind of guys you want next to you when you go into the foxhole," said Clear Spring coach John Wilson. "He's been playing hurt but his motor never stops."

With a 15-man roster, the Blazers had to hope for miracles.

"We wanted to surprise (North) and we did for a few minutes," said Wilson. "But we made too many mistakes."

On six carries, Johnson led North with 99 yards rushing.

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