Clutch FG give Hubs win

November 01, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

Chase Worthington was nervous. He was uncertain about his accuracy from the hash marks. The opposing team had gotten in his head. But more than anything, he didn't want to let himself or his teammates down on Senior Night.

The inner turmoil the North Hagerstown senior suffered through only made his 35-yard field goal that much more clutch.

Worthington booted what turned out to be the winning kick with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter to lift the Hubs to a thrilling 31-29 victory against Frederick on Friday night at Mike Callas Stadium.

"I was so nervous, but I knew I had to make the kick. I had no choice," said Worthington. "If I would have missed it, the seniors would have killed me. I was a little worried because I haven't kicked so good from the hashes."

Hubs coach Dan Cunningham was going on different advice when he made the decision to send Worthington onto the field.


"Coach (Dave) Foltz looked at me and said (Worthington) kicks better from the right hash, so we got it to the right hash," Cunningham said. "If we could get the ball inside the 20, we were going to kick."

But getting to the 20 was easier said than done. After Frederick took a 29-28 lead with 8:36 left, North was fortunate to recover a squib kick at its own 42. The Hubs started the drive with Demetrius Myers off tackle -- one of eight Myers rushes on the 12-play drive.

North converted a fourth-and-8 and a third-and-3 before facing third-and-6 with under three minutes left. Myers rushed to the right but was stopped after a gain of one to set up the Hubs at the Frederick 18.

The Hubs called a timeout before making the decision to kick, and Frederick followed by calling a timeout to freeze Worthington, who admitted feeling a bit more unsettled.

"That got in my head, but I shook it off," Worthington said. "I've always wanted to get a game-winning field goal with no time left. For this one, there was a little time left, but I think that helped me."

But time on the clock meant Frederick still had a chance, and the Cadets used every bit of it by marching 64 yards to the North 9 with 8.7 seconds left. But Cadets quarterback Andrew Zimnik -- who had no trouble finding open receivers for the first 47 minutes, 51.3 seconds -- was forced to scramble out of bounds with zeroes on the clock.

Zimnik finished the game 19-for-25 for 237 yards and two touchdowns, Jaleen Gee caught 10 balls for 145 yards and Josh Jackson rushed for 96 yards and two scored for the Cadets (3-6).

"I knew we were going to bend a little bit. We just didn't want to get beat deep," Cunningham said. "We caught the momentum there in the second half and that's what football is all about."

Alec Nelson rushed five times for 96 yards and scored a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, while Myers added 83 yards and a score for the Hubs (2-7). Stephen Coccodrilli completed 8 of 12 passes for 123 yards and a score, which went for 69 yards to Anthony Winters, who had five catches for 82 yards. Jordan Ricketts also scored for the Hubs.

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