Rebels' win is simply Gross

South quarterback makes scrambles work for victory

South quarterback makes scrambles work for victory

September 13, 2008|By MARK KELLER

Forward or backward, left or right, Nick Gross is always looking for an opening.

It's one of the characteristics that endears him to South Hagerstown head coach Greg Kellick. It's also one of the things that drives Kellick a little crazy.

Gross used his periscope vision well Friday, turning a broken play into a 69-yard touchdown run as the Rebels bounced back from a disappointing Week 1 loss to beat Berkeley Springs 6-0 on a rainy night at School Stadium.

South's senior quarterback ran for 133 yards on 12 carries, and nearly every one of them was an adventure.

"If I go down on the sideline with a heart attack, it'll probably be because of him doing something like that," Kellick said, shaking his head and smiling. "Holy cow. Some of those runs ..."


While Gross gave the Rebels

(1-1) the offensive spark they needed to put last week's 38-0 loss to Century behind them, South's defense helped bury the past and the Indians.

Berkeley Springs, which traditionally pounds opponents with its ground game, got just 21 yards on 26 carries and one first down.

The Indians (0-2), who lost their second straight game by six points, did have success throwing the football as Matt Colwell completed 11 of 24 passes for 154 yards. Zach Turner had six receptions for 100 yards.

"That was the one thing they did in the first half with (Turner), putting him in the slot and at tight end and dragging him across the middle," Kellick said. "He'd get in front of one linebacker and behind the other and hit that seam. They did a beautiful job with that, really did."

But for all those yards, the Indians only crossed midfield four times in the game and only once got inside the South 40.

Meanwhile, Gross provided plenty of excitement for the rain-soaked fans. His touchdown run was relatively routine, a sweep around left end with 3:49 left in the first quarter for the only score in the game.

"Cory Shank got a good block outside. I just went around him and it was over from there," Gross said.

Some other runs, however, were far less routine. On a second-and-5 play in the second quarter, Gross took the snap in the shotgun and rolled right to avoid the Indians' rush. He reversed field and fumbled 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage, picked up the loose ball and found a seam up the left side, running about 35 yards for what went in the books as a 9-yard gain.

"The busted-play touchdown, I know he's going to get stuff like that," Kellick said. "Somewhere along the line, I knew he'd do that. I hope he does it again.

"But some of those other runs ..."

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