Hubs shock Knights

October 13, 2007|By JACK HILL III

In one game, the North Hagerstown football team went from winless to undefeated.

The Hubs - 0-5 overall entering Friday night's MVAL Piedmont opener against a Middletown squad that was 4-1 overall - shocked the Knights 34-21 at Mike Callas Stadium, making North a perfect 1-0 in conference play.

"On top of (getting the first victory), to beat Middletown, it's just tremendous," North coach Dan Cunningham said. "We still had a sour taste in our mouth from last year. The kids never stopped believing and that was the big thing. We just kept telling them that our record is not 0-5, it's 0-0. Every week is the start of a new season."

Middletown defeated North 43-24 in the Class 2A West final last year.

North put together a stellar ground game behind its two senior tailbacks, Diez Johnson and Justin Donaldson. Johnson gained 208 yards on 28 carries and Donaldson accumulated 160 yards on 10 carries. Both tailbacks rushed for two touchdowns.


"Diez and Justin are a tough combination," Cunningham said. "When they get blocking, they are just untouchable. Controlling the line of scrimmage was the key to our win tonight."

Middletown held a 21-13 halftime lead, but the Hubs outscored the Knights 21-0 in the second half.

"The defensive effort was just tremendous tonight," Cunningham said. "When you hold Middletown to three scores, it is fantastic. We were reading the keys and plugging the holes."

North tied the score with 9:18 remaining in the third quarter when junior reserve quarterback Bryan Calendine fired a 71-yard touchdown pass to Mike McMillan down the right sideline, and Johnson added a two-point conversion run.

McMillan completed 4 of 7 passes for 83 yards.

Later in the period, Johnson broke loose for a 65-yard run that gave the Hubs first-and-goal at the Knights 1-yard line.

Johnson charged through the middle on the next play for the score, and Chase Worthington kicked the extra point to give the Hubs the lead for good with 2:15 left in the quarter.

North's last score came with 3:35 left in game on a 41-yard touchdown run by Donaldson.

The Husb raced out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Donaldson got the first score on a 26-yard TD run. Johnson added a 3-yard scorin g jaunt and Worthington kicked the extra point.

Middletown answered with three straight touchdowns for the halftime lead. Jaraad Yates scored on a 91-yard kickoff return, and Rob Michaels hit Woodrow Butler with a pair of 19-yard TD passes.

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