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Big plays give South a big win

September 05, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- South Hagerstown coach Greg Kellick wanted to control the clock with a ball-control offense Friday night.

That did not happen. Instead, the Rebels had three big plays that generated the scoring power needed for a 27-13 season-opening victory over Berkeley Springs.

South spent much of the night with its defense on the field, and it came through admirably. Berkeley Springs ran 71 plays compared to 34 for the Rebels.

"We really wanted to control the clock, but the big strikes still take a lot out of the other team and their attack," said Kellick.

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Berkeley Springs' first possession ended when the Rebels' Dakota Bartlett burst through the line to block Ben Griffith's punt. South posted a safety when Griffith grabbed the ball and was tackled in the end zone.

Then the big plays began.

On South's second offensive play, Nick Stubbs zigged right, then left and bolted 62 yards for a touchdown.

Berkeley Springs responded with a drive from its own 25 that resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Josh Wise.

Early in the second period, Cornelius Prather intercepted a pass by Berkeley Springs' Zach White to give the Rebels the ball at their 44. On the next play, Xavier Richardson went 56 yards for a score after breaking a tackle and rounding the left corner.

Stubbs had some fun with a few Berkeley Springs fans -- emulating one another with some dance routines -- as Stubbs got into receiving position for the second half kickoff. Soon, Stubbs was dancing his way down the sideline in front of the South bench on a 91-yard score to make it 21-6.

"Those fans got me amped up," said Stubbs. "But really tonight we wanted to come out with fire in our eyes."

On South's first drive of the second half, the Rebels put together their only sustained effort, going 71 yards with Hunter Phillips connecting on a 23-yard TD pass to Kenny Kitchens for a 27-6 lead with 6:42 left in the third. The pair also combined on a third-and-15 play for 26 yards.

Junior Trevor Haupt, in his first varsity game, and Michael Moroz were two big cogs for the Rebels defensively, Haupt had an early sack and was consistently around the ball, and Moroz had a pair of sacks.

"(Trevor) could be the next Alex Akers," said Kellick. "He executed the blitz. And Michael has learned so much from last year."

The Indians had many opportunities but couldn't come up with big plays to keep drives alive.

"We had some missed assignments on fourth-down plays," said Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara. "(South) did a good job changing their defense."

Berkeley Springs' 240 total yards worked out to a 3.4 yards-per-play average, compared to South's 7.3 average on 247 yards. That's how much the big plays boosted South.

"Nick set the tone early," said Kellick. "We had some different looks on defense. Not pretty on offense, but the first win is important."

Berkeley Springs scored its first touchdown of the year with 9 seconds remaining when White hooked up with Brady Spielman for a 15-yard scoring pass.

South Hagerstown 27, Berkeley Springs 13
South 8 7 12 0 -- 27
B. Springs 3 3 0 7 -- 13

SH--Safety, tackled punter in endzone
SH--Nick Stubbs 62 run (kick failed)
BS--Josh Wise 30 FG
SH--Xavier Richardson 56 run (David Savage kick)
BS--Wise 23 FG
SH--Stubbs 91 kickoff return (kick failed)
SH--Kenny Kitchens 23 pass from HunterPhillips (run failed)
BS--Brady Spielman 15 pass from Zach White (Wise kick)
South BS
First downs 7 15
Rushes-yards 25-189 50-168
Passing yards 58 72
Comp-Att-Int 4-9-1 6-21-1
Total yards 34-247 71-240
Punts-Avg. 4-27.0 3-23.3
Penalties-yards 10-77 5-35
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-0
Records: South 1-0; Berkeley Springs 0-2.

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