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Hubs' Robinson - 'It took everyone working together'

November 26, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - With 1 minute, 16 seconds to left to play in Friday's Maryland Class 2A West final, North Hagerstown senior linebacker Cadyn Robinson begrudgingly walked to the sideline for the final time in his prep career.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker had just put the finishing touches on a season in which he made a school-record 156 tackles, including the 14 he had on Friday night in the Hubs' 43-24 season-ending loss to Middletown.

Robinson was quick to deflect his individual success defensively to his teammates and coaches collectively.

"My coaches allowed me do things with schemes they set up for me," said Robinson. "But it took everyone working together, and especially Tommy Evans. He moved (from linebacker) back to safety and that left the front line open for me."

Robinson had eight solo tackles in the game and one sack of Middletown quarterback Kevin Linehan.

Evans chipped in with 11 tackles, including nine solos, and Marcellus Sumlin had 11 solo tackles for the Hubs among his 14 overall stops.

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North quarterback Logan Kelso and Middletown's Linehan both were on fire to start the game.

Kelso opened by hitting his first nine passes and was 12 of 20 in the first half for 197 yards. Linehan connected on his first seven and ended 10 of 15.

But Kelso nearly didn't answer the bell on Friday. He was sick at practice on Wednesday and hadn't really improved by game time Friday.

"I was crazy-sick all day," said Kelso. "I had to keep the thought out of my mind. It was a game where you threw away the records. We were both 1-0 coming in and looking to win."

"He couldn't even eat a pregame meal," said North coach Dan Cunningham.

North's rushing attack has been a three-man effort since Justin Donaldson joined the team in Week 4 following a transfer from Mississippi.

However, the fleet-footed Donaldson suffered an ankle sprain in practice Tuesday and was in street clothes with a heavily taped left ankle when he came back from the doctor on Wednesday.

He was questionable before the game, but he was dressed, albeit walking with a noticeable limp in pregame warmups.

Cunningham wasted no time finding out if Donaldson would be of service, calling his number early in the Hubs' first possession of the game. But he was thrown for a 1-yard loss and visibly could not push off the foot. He did not return.

While in the middle of absorbing the defeat, Cunningham was just as quick to smile about the effort of his team, not only against Middletown, but in recovering from a 1-2 start on the season.

"Everyone thought we were the underdogs, but the kids played hard," he said. "And I thought Logan went out in a heck of a style."

Middletown's victory gave the Knights a 12-3 advantage over North Hagerstown in their head-to-head series. Friday's game was the first meeting since 2002. Middletown has won 10 straight games against North.

North and Middletown will renew their rivalry next season as the Hubs move into the MVAL Piedmont Conference.

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