Hubs air it out to beat Lions

October 19, 2007


Staff Correspondent

WALKERSVILLE, Md. - The North Hagerstown football team used the running game to post its first win of the season last week. The Hubs showcased the aerial game Thursday night against Walkersville to turn in its first winning streak.

Junior quarterback Bryan Calendine threw for three touchdowns - all in the second quarter - as North built a 30-point halftime lead and the Hubs' defense held in the second half to post a 30-15 MVAL Piedmont win.

Calendine completed 9 of 15 passes for 179 yards. He connected with senior Mike McMillan six times for 82 yards.

"(Walkersville) put a stop to the running game and took our backs out early," North coach Dan Cunningham said. "The passing game opened up and (Calendine) made some nice reads against the coverage."


A rushing touchdown by Justin Donaldson gave the Hubs a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, before Calendine was intercepted in the final minutes. But the slinger made up for it with 141 yards passing and the three scores in the second quarter. He hit McMillan for scoring strikes of 90 and 9 yards, followed by Alec Nelson for 35 yards.

Chase Worthington capped the 23-point second quarter with a 23-yard field goal to give the Hubs a 30-0 lead at intermission. North (2-5, 2-0) gained 263 yards of offense in the first half, while the defense held Walkersville (2-5, 0-1) to just 68 yards of offense.

"Two weeks ago, we went back to Square 1," Cunningham said. "We started walking through the different zones and going back to the basics. And we've been catching a couple of breaks instead of falling on hard times like we had been."

North caught a break when a botched kickoff was recovered at midfield, which led to Worthington's field goal. Otherwise, the Hubs created the breaks by holding Lions quarterback Zach Powell to 11 of 31 passing and four interceptions - twice in the red zone. James Brunson, Jake Steich, Anthony Lee and Justin Donaldson each had a pick.

The Hubs' domination in the first half allowed them to survive in the second half. Walkersville recovered a North fumble at the 2-yard line and Tyler White scored on the ensuing play to cut the lead to 30-7. On the next offensive possession, Powell hit a wide-open Patrick Riley for a 44-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion cut it to 30-15 with 3:12 left in the third quarter.

But the Hubs' defense returned to form by stopping the Lions on fourth downs on their last three possessions.

"It was still 30-15 so I wasn't too worried, not until the fourth quarater," Cunningham said. "We never got away from our gameplan and our defense allowed us to stay in the game."

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