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Urgency missing in South's loss

November 03, 2007|By Tim Koelble

The South Hagerstown football team brought a sense of urgency to School Stadium on Friday night.

The only problem was it came in the second half after Walkersville thoroughly dominated the Rebels on the way to a 29-6 halftime lead.

It was too little, too late for South in a 36-14 MVAL Piedmont loss to the Lions that left Rebels coach Greg Kellick puzzled afterward.

"We did our drills and everything we had to do during the week," said Kellick. "We had no sense of urgency in the first half. I'm puzzled. We played in the first half like we wanted to get this one over with and look to next week (against rival North Hagerstown)."

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Walkersville (3-6, 1-2) manhandled South's defense easily in the first half and controlled the clock for nearly 18 minutes. The Lions racked up 296 yards on 37 plays while the Rebels managed 40 yards on 16 plays.

"We knew they had some scary kids in the backfield, so our plan was to chew up short yardage and control the clock," said Walkersville coach Ryan Hines.

Luke Castillo, who started the season as a fourth-string back and has moved up due to injuries, finished his second full game with 186 yards on 31 carries - 150 in the first half, which set up three scoring passes by quarterback Zach Powell.

"They found us early, beat our ends and cornerbacks," said Kellick. "Our defense was lethargic."

Walkersville ate up six minutes on its first possession, with Powell finding Matt Albaugh from 19 yards out. Two possessions later, on the second play of the second quarter, Powell connected from the 15 with Ethan Senn for a score and a 15-0 lead.

Both TDs came on fourth down, as did the Lions' next TD following a gallant South defensive effort.

The Rebels (1-8, 0-3) made three stops at the 1, but on fourth down, Powell's play-action pass to Senn made it 21-0 with 4:41 left in the half.

A short Walkersville kickoff gave South possession on the Lions 49. Ian Anderson's 22-yard run set up Wes Samples' 1-yard score.

But the Lions answered immediately with runs of 54, 14 and 5 yards by Castillo, the last for the score and a 29-6 lead. Walkersville nearly scored again before halftime, with Powell completing three passes down to the South 1 as time expired.

"Our line opened some good holes and (Castillo) got to them," said Hines.

Samples was picked off on each of South's first two drives in the second half - one was returned for a score, but that was nullified by a penalty.

South put together a 14-play, 63-yard drive at the start of the fourth quarter, including Samples' 6-yard completion to Tywan Lee, his only completion in 15 attempts. The Rebels' second TD came on a 20-yard run by Eric Phillips.

However, Walkersville responded and scored on Castillo's 4-yard run with 2:26 to play - aided greatly by a personal foul and two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that left Kellick miffed.

"They were disappointing because these kids know right from wrong," said Kellick. "This was the first time with these kids something like this happened. It just got out of control."

Phillips finished with 74 yards rushing on 16 carries as the Rebels finished with 176 on the ground.

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