Hubs 'rain' in win over Railroaders

October 27, 2007|By Tim Koelble

Anyone trying to paint a perfect outdoor scene on Friday night would have had trouble with the paint running all over the place.

The North Hagerstown football team didn't paint a perfect picture either, but the running the Hubs did was more than enough to derail Brunswick 42-12 at soggy Mike Callas Stadium.

Justin Donaldson had his number called 26 times and responded with 232 yards and two touchdowns as the Hubs racked up 316 yards on the ground.

"I was happy that we came back after getting down early," said North coach Dan Cunningham. "In the first half to early in the second half I thought we controlled both sides of scrimmage."


North (3-5) had a punt blocked to end its first drive, and Brunswick (1-7) converted it into a quick 2-yard scoring run by Ethan Baker less than two minutes into the game.

The Hubs began the trek back to win its third straight game with a 9-play, 63-yard drive that ended on a 3-yard run by Diez Johnson. Donaldson totaled 38 yards on three carries to set the score up, and Chase Worthington's extra point gave the Hubs a 7-6 lead that was never relinquished.

Donaldson picked up 53 yards on North's next possession that covered 76 yards on 10 plays, with the Hubs pulling out a special offensive package.

Senior lineman Kyle Malcolm, who is 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, lined up on the right side of a full house power-I and gained 3 yards to the 1-yard line, where his number was called again and he scored early in the second quarter for a 13-6 lead.

"That's our 'Dixie' package and we used it once against Winters Mill and put it in this week," said Malcolm. "I just lowered my shoulders to get in. I'm used to blocking for touchdowns."

Donaldson ran 35 yards with a pitch from quarterback Bryan Calendine for a TD with 6:08 left in the second quarter, then doubled his pleasure less than four minutes later from the 7-yard line after North took possession when Brunswick failed on 4th-and-2 from its own 45.

The second half brought a myriad of problems for both teams.

Brunswick scored on a 38-yard pass from Bret Hartle to Andrew Simpson after Johnson lost a fumble in the first minute of the half.

The Hubs turned the ball over four times and committed half of their penalties - North was penalized 100 yards in all - in the half, but kept afloat with touchdowns in the third quarter on Jordan Ricketts' 58-yard fumble return, and in the fourth when Alec Nelson scored from the 5 with 42 seconds left.

"Our defense played well," said Cunningham. "It's difficult to simulate their offense in practice."

North limited Brunswick's double-wing to 122 yards rushing and the Railroaders completed just 6 of 27 passes for 91 yards. Anthony Lee and James Brunswon had interceptions for the Hubs.

With Frederick looming next Friday, Cunningham is concerned with the health of his team, particularly Donaldson and Johnson.

"We're banged up pretty good right now," he said. "We need to get healthy. This is our game for the conference title and we owe them for the past."

Johnson needed 77 yards to reach 2,000 rushing yards in his Hubs career, and did everything he could to reach 74.

"(Diez) was really hurting," said Cunningham. "He just couldn't go any longer than he did."

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