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Urbana strikes first, KOs South

September 11, 2009|By MARK KELLER

HAGERSTOWN -- The way coach Greg Kellick sees it, the South Hagerstown football team was taught a valuable lesson Friday night at School Stadium.

"We got punched in the face and we had to fight tonight," Kellick said after the Rebels' 27-0 loss to Urbana. "I hope what we learned is that it's much better to throw the first punch."

The Rebels got hit hardest by Urbana's ground attack, surrendering 315 yards -- the majority coming from the 1-2 punch of Zach Herman and Wes Garey.

Herman ran for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns -- including a 93-yard scoring run on Urbana's first play from scrimmage in the second half.

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Garey took over from there, running for 77 of his 81 yards in the second half.

"They were very physical, and we knew they would be," Kellick said. "We didn't quit, but we looked tired. We were tired. They found out tonight what it feels like to play football."

The Rebels (1-1) got the break they were looking for right off the bat. On the fourth play of the game's opening drive, Herman coughed up the ball and South's Dakota Bartlett recovered at the Urbana 33.

But in a sign of what the rest of the game would hold, the Rebels offense sputtered. Nick Stubbs gained 1 yard and Xavier Richardson gained 2 before Hunter Phillips was sacked for a loss of 9 by Bradlee West -- the first of his three sacks -- to force a punt.

The Hawks (2-0) put together an 11-play, 80-yard scoring drive that spanned 4:59 and featured a pair of powerful 14-yard runs by Brian Patton. Patton capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown.

South's next drive was much the same as the first, with the Rebels moving backwards. Only a pair of 15-yard penalties against the Hawks netted positive yards and South punted again.

"We were very concerned about their three down linemen. In the film we saw on them, they were very quick," Kellick said. "They came at us with the blitzes, which we expected, but when they backed off we thought we'd be able to do something against them."

Instead, Urbana outgained the Rebels 207 yards to minus-1 in the first half. And the Hawks kept it up after the intermission.

South got the ball moving in the right direction on its first drive of the second half. Stubbs and Richardson ran for 18 and 17 yards to move the ball to the Urbana 31. But the Rebels were flagged for a chop block to push them back near midfield and halted their momentum.

South's last opportunity came in the fourth quarter when Dylan Burkett blocked a punt and Dustin Rowland recovered. But three plays later, Phillips was intercepted on a diving catch by Billy Kemp.

"Every one of these weeks is going to be a dogfight for us, that's something we'll learn," Kellick said. "We have to be ready to play from the start."

Urbana 27, South Hagerstown 0

U -- Brian Patton 3 run (Josh Rivera kick)

U -- Zach Herman 3 run (Rivera kick)

U -- Herman 93 run (kick blocked)

U -- Williams Hunley 2 pass from Michael Spahr (Rivera kick)

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