Rebels run it up on Blazers for first win

October 06, 2007|By CURT HORNBECKER

If last week's heartbreaking loss to Williamsport left Greg Kellick with an "empty feeling," the South Hagerstown football coach probably felt stuffed after Friday night's 48-8 thrashing of county rival Clear Spring for the Rebels' first win of the season.

"We got the monkey off our back," said Kellick. "We worked hard on fundamentals this week. We wanted to make sure we got this done the right way, with execution."

While the South offense put 34 first-half points on the board, its defense limited the struggling Clear Spring offense to a scant nine yards rushing and just 48 yards of total offense in the opening two quarters.

"We're struggling picking up our blocks along the front line," said Blazers coach Craig Bathgate. "Inexperience and injuries are really hurting us right now."


Meanwhile, everything seemed to click for the South offense, with Keijaun Turner, Ian Anderson and Patrick Shand rushing for touchdowns in the opening half and quarterback Wes Samples hooking up with Cory Shank on TD passes of 22 and 31 yards.

"It felt really good," said Samples. "Our backs were hitting their holes like they should, and there were no fumbles. But I have to give a lot of credit to the defense."

It was the Rebels' defense - paced by nose guard Ben Benner - that gave South possession of the ball in Clear Spring territory three times in the first half, all of which resulted in touchdowns. South dropped Blazers quarterback James Mills - playing his first game under center - for a loss seven times in the half.

After Eric Phillips' 29-yard run gave South (1-4) a 41-0 lead early in the third quarter, the Blazers' offense came alive, with workhouse tailback Jesse Jarvis rushing eight times for 59 yards and a TD. Jarvis finished with 137 yards on 29 carries for Clear Spring (0-5).

"If he had more blocking," said Bathgate, "he'd be one of the top backs in the area."

Jonathan Gray capped the scoring for South on a 4-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

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