Hubs' mistakes are costly in loss

October 25, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Brunswick converted two second-half North Hagerstown turnovers into touchdowns on Friday night and captured a 27-14 victory over the Hubs.

The Railroaders (2-6) had a 14-0 halftime advantage, but North (1-7) responded with a quick third-quarter touchdown and appeared to have the momentum to turn things around.

The Brunswick defense, however, had other ideas.

Anthony Johnikin intercepted a pass from Hubs quarterback Steve Coccodrilli and raced 45 yards for a third-quarter touchdown. Later, Justin Stone put the game away when he recovered a Coccodrilli fumble in the backfield in the fourth quarter and raced 87 yards untouched.

"I thought we were getting back in the game early in the third quarter, but they made the big play (Johnikin's interception) and we didn't recover," North coach Dan Cunningham said. "We were very inconsistent on offense. At times, we didn't offer much protection for Steve. And we didn't take advantage of their mistakes."


It was indeed a game of big plays, as both teams tried to reach the win column.

While the Brunswick defense intercepted three Coccodrilli passes and shut down the Hubs' running game from tackle to tackle, North had its share of big plays: Anthony Winters caught a 44-yard TD pass from Coccodrilli and ran 64 yards for another score.

"We didn't come out focused," Cunningham said.

Coccodrilli passed for 121 yards and a touchdown along with the three picks for North. Winters had three catches for 73 yards, while Alec Nelson rushed for 100 yards.

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