Cadets quiet Rebels

October 13, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

The South Hagerstown football team seemed to be right at the door to do something special against Frederick on Friday.

The only problem was the Rebels never saw the screen.

South found a way to stay with the No. 21-ranked team in Maryland in the first half, relying on its defense to cover up some spotty offense. But the opportunity slammed shut when the Cadets resorted to the screen pass to set up three scores in a 45-12 victory in the MVAL Piedmont opener for both teams.

"We went in at halftime and told the kids that they were going to make adjustments," South coach Greg Kellick said. "It was a matter of how they adjusted to our adjustments. We came out aggressive defensively and they threw the screen passes.

"We weren't prepared for them and they scored three touchdowns. I'll take the blame for that."

Frederick quarterback Andre April dumped and blooped his way to 239 yards passing and four touchdowns as the Cadets collected the last four scores of the game to turn a 16-12 contest into a rout.


April hit on scoring strikes of 16, 1, 8 and 15 yards. Two of those scores were set up on swing passes for 34 and 71 yards before Josh Jackson iced the game with a 95-yard run up the middle for a score.

"It was big plays and turnovers," Kellick said. "Big plays get the kids all excited, but turnovers bring them down. We played good enough tonight where we would have won some of those games we lost earlier in the season."

It ended up not being enough against Frederick (6-0, 1-0), as five turnovers ? including four interceptions ? and a meager 12 yards rushing put South at a disadvantage and gave the Cadets' spread offense ample opportunities to churn out scores.

Three of Frederick's six touchdowns came on fourth-down plays.

Omens went against South to open the game. The Rebels' game-opening possession ended when the snap from South's 47 went over punter Wes Samples' head. The ball rolled to the 25, where Samples picked it up and kicked out of his own end zone for a safety.

The Cadets took the ensuing punt and finished their drive an 8-yard TD run by Kevin Fisher for a quick 9-0 lead. Frederick made it 16-0 when April hit Steven Long with an 11-yard score on the first play of the second quarter for a 16-point lead.

South began to stand its ground defensively, giving the offense the chance to get back into the game.

Samples hit Cory Shank for an 11-yard score and later found Patrick Shand down the middle for a 49-yard catch-and-run completion for a TD to make the game 16-12 with 1:47 remaining in the half.

Frederick responded with a two-play drive, using April's 71-yard screen to Fisher and a 1-yard dink to Jake Guillen to take a 24-12 lead at halftime, when the Cadets made all their adjustments.

"Big plays and turnovers will lose games," Kellick said. "But the fight and desire these kids got is something that can't be taken away from them."

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