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Rebels' late drive decisive

November 01, 2008|By CURT HORNBECKER

WALKERSVILLE, Md. -- Quentin Ezell helped Walkersville's football team survive its first four turnovers on Friday night.

South Hagerstown made the Lions pay for the fifth.

The Rebels drove 80 yards in 19 plays after Shane Santell's second interception of the game, and Nick Stubbs barreled into the end zone from 2 yards out with 13 seconds left for South's third straight win, a 27-23 victory over Walkersville in the MVAL Piedmont.

"Nick Stubbs just proved the more he runs the ball, the stronger he gets," said Rebels coach Greg Kellick.

The sophomore rushed for 129 yards on 26 carries -- including 52 yards in the final drive, and 107 in the second half.

As important as Stubbs was to the South offense, Ezell was even more important for the Lions. In his first varsity game, the sophomore rushed for 249 yards on 36 carries with two touchdowns in the losing effort.

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"(Varsity) competition was much faster," said Ezell, "and I was pretty nervous before the game. But once I got that first hit, I was fine."

Despite leading for the entire first half, the Rebels (4-5, 1-2) surrendered the advantage midway through the third period, when Ezell scampered 55 yards down the left sideline for a 23-21 lead.

Walkersville (3-6, 2-1) was in position to put the game away in the fourth quarter, with the ball on South's 10, but quarterback Jeremy Musselman threw his third interception to set up the Rebels' game-winning march.

After South's Michael Moroz recovered a fumble on the Lions' first possession, Stubbs gave the Rebels the early lead on a 2-yard run.

Walkersville responded with a 63-yard drive, culminated by a 3-yard pass from Musselman to Jay Dertzbaugh.

South's sophomore quarterback, Hunter Phillips, made it 14-6 on a 14-yard run to end the first quarter. Again the Lions responded with Ezell carrying eight times for 60 yards, including a 4-yard TD to cap the drive. The two-point conversion tied the score at 14.

Phillips then spotted Cory Shank for a 19-yard touchdown pass, but Walkersville narrowed the gap with Musselman's 32-yard field goal with six seconds left in the half.

Phillips completed 16 of 24 passes for 172 yards.

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