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Hubs come up empty at home

October 17, 2008|By MARK KELLER

Jeremy Musselman threw for 141 yards and ran for two touchdowns to lead Walkersville to a 30-22 victory over North Hagerstown in an MVAL Piedmont football game Thursday at Mike Callas Stadium.

Musselman added a 25-yard field goal and Tyler White also ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Lions (2-5, 1-0), who scored 30 straight points after falling behind 7-0 late in the first quarter.

"We lacked emotion from the get-go tonight," North coach Dan Cunningham said. "Even the first scoring drive just seemed empty. I don't know if it was playing on a Thursday night or what, but definitely something wasn't right."

The Hubs (1-6, 0-2) did stage a late rally, scoring twice in the final 3:39 to close the deficit. Dallas Dunn sparked the comeback attempt -- and a bit of life on the North sideline -- by recovering a Walkersville fumble and returning it 30 yards to the Lions 16.

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Alec Nelson carried four straight times from there, scoring on a 3-yard dive as the Hubs made it 30-14 after Chase Worthington's point after.

Nelson wasn't finished, recovering the Hubs' onside kick before catching an 18-yard pass from Steve Coccodrilli to take the ball down to the Walkersville 30. Three plays later, Coccodrilli connected with Tyler Spencer in the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown, then found Anthony Winters on the 2-point conversion to pull North within eight.

"It's both promising and frustrating because they're capable of playing that way all night long, and tonight they didn't do that," Cunningham said. "We show signs of greatness ... you can see it out there. But right now, we're just too inconsistent."

With 1:15 left in the game, Worthington tried another onside kick, pooching the ball to the right while everybody lined up to the left. But the ball rolled out of bounds before North could cover it, giving possession to the Lions.

The North defense stiffened, putting the Lions in a fourth-and-1 situation with 35 seconds left. Walkersville lined up to run a play, but the Hubs jumped the snap count to give the Lions a first down and the ability to run out the clock.

Injuries continue to force the Hubs to move young players into the lineup. North's offensive line featured two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior after senior John Courtney was hurt in the first quarter.

"We started the season dressing 52 kids and we're down to 33 now," Cunningham said. "Every week it's a question of who's going to be healthy. These young guys are going to take some bumps and bruises, but at the same time, you're seeing a little bit of the future of our program."

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