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Rebels disappointed by lackluster showing

September 06, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

SYKESVILLE, Md. -- Greg Kellick's answer for the effort by the South Hagerstown football team sounded like it came straight from crossword puzzle.

1 Across -- A 12-letter word for getting soundly beaten in the season opener after entering the game with the highest of expectations.

"Disappointed," was the first word out of the South coach's mouth as he walked away from his team.

He had good -- or bad -- reason, depending on how you looked at it. Century throughly dismantled the Rebels with speed and passing to roll up a 38-0 victory on Friday in a game that finished with 14:30 of running clock.

"I said yesterday after practice that I didn't want to jinx us, but we looked pretty good and I thought we would come out and do pretty well today," Kellick said.

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Consider yourself jinxed.

Century ran up 493 yards of total offense, using a spread offense to keep South out of sync the entire game. When the Rebels stopped the Knights' running game, Century passed. And when Century passed, it came up with big plays.

Century quarterback Josh Bordner threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as he accounted for 227 yards. He was cool under pressure, hitting the big pass for the big score to knock South out of the game.

Bordner connected with Luke Wright on scoring passes of 34, 1 and 30 yards, and added a 1-yard score of his own as the Knights built up a 25-0 lead by halftime.

South's offense went nowhere, thanks mainly to six fumbles -- three lost.

"We had people doing things their own way," Kellick said of South's meltdown. "We had a lot of young kids on the front line that saw things first hand. We saw speed when we scrimmaged, but I think they thought they could handle it. It is different now that there is a scoreboard up there."

Century spent the night getting up close and personal with South quarterback Nick Gross. Gross ran 11 times -- mostly for his life -- for minus-28 yards and was harrassed into a 5-for-8 night passing for 68 yards.

South quarterbacks were sacked five times and the Rebels fumbled a kick return and on the first play of two drives to come to a dead stop.

"Fumbles. We had three of them," Kellick said. "If you take away the sloppy play, we'd be all right. But every team can say that. We were coming down the hill and I said we'll see if this team can handle adversity. They didn't do it very well."

It started innocently enough for Century (1-0). After failing to score on their first drive, the Knights got on the board in dramatic fashion as Bordner hit Wright on a 34-yard scoring grab on a third-and-10 play for a 6-0 lead.

The second quarter featured Bordner's TD run before he dumped 1-yard swing to Wright for a 19-0 lead with 2:38 to go in the half. The Knights finished the half as Bordner hit Wright with a quick slant for a 30-yard score and a 25-0 halftime lead.

"We were getting beat in the secondary," Kellick said. "We weren't getting beat at all during the passing league. But we were back there arm-tackling and we were moving a lot slower than they were. It was disappointing."

South entered the season carrying high hopes of a potent offense and some size up front which could control the line of scrimmage.

The Rebels exited the game wondering if it was for real or just a grand illusion.

South managed just 5 yards rushing in the first half and only 57 in the game. The Rebels worked themselves out of the hole, with 77 yards coming on the final drive of the game.

Century finished the game off with a 6-yard touchdown by Cory Anderlik and a 23-yard sweep by LaBradford Brown in the third quarter to cap the scoring.

Wright finished with 69 yards rushing and six receptions for 85 yards to go with the three scores.

South finished feeling dissed -- disenchanted, disheartened and disasterous.

"That's the game of football. It's momentum swings," Kellick said. "(Century) is coming in on Monday feeling pretty good about all this. We are coming in feeling pretty bad. We have a lot of work ahead of us to get ready for Berkeley Spring next week."

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