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Applemen win with Smith's field goal

September 23, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

INWOOD, W.Va. - Musselman senior Corey Smith couldn't possibly top last week's West Virginia-record 59-yard field goal, right?

The Appleman kicker certainly came close Saturday night as he booted four field goals - including the game-winner as time expired - to lift Musselman to a 19-18 win over North Hagerstown.

Smith hit kicks from 22, 50 and 49 yards before hitting the clincher from 41 yards - his first-ever game-winning kick.

"It ranks up there because of the mere fact that we won," said Smith. "I could've gone out there and gone 0-for-3 because we won. Going 4-for-4 is just icing on the cake."

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North tried to ice Smith by calling all 3 of its timeouts with three seconds remaining. But Smith could not be rattled, as he sent the ball just inside the left goalpost and just above the crossbar to send the Applemen to their second straight win.

"As a kicker, you can't let things get to you," Smith said. "If you have the mindset to where you let things get to you, then you won't be able to do it. I was out there just thinking, 'Call all the timeouts you want.'"

Smith cashed in after Musselman (3-2) drove from its own 6-yard line, where it took over with 3:29 remaining. Quarterback Ethan French rushed for 19 yards and completed two passes for 38 yards on the drive.

"We figure it's a 60-yard field to get within (Smith's) range," said Musselman coach Denny Price. "That takes a little pressure off the offense to get the ball to where he can make it from."

Smith's two second-half field goals were the only scores after halftime. Musselman controlled the ball, running 37 plays - compared to just 17 for North (0-3) - and held the Hubs to just 87 yards in the second half.

The Applemen contained versatile Hubs quarterback James Brunson, limiting him to just 14 yards rushing in the second half. That was a far cry from the first 24 minutes, when Brunson ran for 44 yards and two touchdowns.

"North played a heck of a ballgame. Their elusiveness made us miss all kinds of tackles and it really hurt us," Price said. "In the second half, the defense did a better job of containing them and tackling better."

Brunson's touchdown runs, and a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown by Dervon Wilson put the Hubs ahead 18-10 with 4:41 left in the first half.

But Smith's 50-yarder with no time left on the clock pulled the score to 18-13, and the Hubs did not score again.

Andrew Clark led Musselman with 118 yards rushing, while Daniel Shaffer added 51 and a touchdown.

Brunson hit 6-of-9 passes for 97 yards for the Hubs. Diez Johnson rushed for a team-high 60 yards and Mike McMillan caught three passes for 39 yards.

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