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Winless Hubs discover another way to fall short

September 29, 2007|By Curt Hornbecker

Considered among the area's better football teams in the preseason, winless North Hagerstown found yet another way to lose Friday night.

"We're 0-4, but we're not an 0-4 football team," said Hubs coach Danny Cunningham, after a bad snap on offense and a pair of special teams mistakes led to Liberty's 29-15 victory.

"They made some mistakes, and we were able to take advantage of them," said Liberty coach Jeff Kent. "That was the difference. Our kids just kept coming."

The bad snap - on a first-down play at the North 17 - resulted in a safety and a 9-7 Lions lead.

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On the ensuing free kick, Frankie Rheubottom's 55-yard return led to a 2-yard Colton Weaver touchdown. Three rushing plays later, a blocked Hubs punt led to a 7-yard Weaver score and a 23-7 Liberty lead that was never threatened.

"I stressed all week that we have to play with the momentum," said Cunningham. "But we gave them the momentum, and they ran with it."

Another bad snap - this one on a punt - led to the Lions' first score, a 27-yard Weaver-to-Jeff Shea pass late in the first period. But the Hubs tied it up on a 60-yard strike from James Brunson to Mike McMillan.

A 4-yard Hubs punt late in the third quarter led to Liberty's final score, a 1-yard Weaver run that gave the Lions (2-2) a 29-7 lead.

North's Justin Donaldson made it 29-15 on the ensuing kickoff, rambling 89 yards down the right sideline with 9:38 left in the game.

Four separate mistakes by the Hubs' special teams led to all four Liberty touchdowns.

Meanwhile, North could get nothing going offensively, rushing for just 51 yards (41 in its final possession) on 32 carries.

Liberty finished with 284 yards of total offense, including 171 on the ground.

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