Cadets run past Hubs

September 11, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

FREDERICK, Md. -- The area beyond the midfield stripe designated as North Hagerstown territory should have been re-named Friday night.

It felt much more like Frederick Cadets turf.

Frederick ran its first 15 plays from the Hubs' side of the 50-yard line to build a 13-0 lead and the Cadets continued to take advantage of a short field as they bullied North at the line of scrimmage for a 47-19 home-opening win at Cadet Stadium.

Of its 58 snaps, Frederick ran 43 in Hubs territory -- thanks in part to three North turnovers. On their six touchdown drives, the Cadets ran 27 of 31 plays on that side of the field.

"They just ran at will on us, and it didn't help that we were playing with our backs at the short end of the field," said Hubs coach Dan Cunningham. "We got physically manhandled in the trenches."


Frederick ran for 286 yards on 45 rushes, led by senior Josh Tomlinson, who had 133 yards on 17 carries -- good for 7.8 yards per rush -- and a touchdown. Sophomore playmaker Jalen Gee spelled Deon Walker at quarterback and rushed for three touchdowns, and caught another as the slot receiver.

Gee scored on runs of 1, 5 and 19 yards -- all through sizable holes at the line of scrimmage -- and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Walker.

"(Gee) already made his mark last year and in the offseason the (NCAA Division I) schools were already looking at him," said Frederick coach Vince Ahearn. "Obviously he has a promising career ahead of him, he just needs to work hard and be safe and healthy."

It didn't matter who was handling the ball out of the Frederick backfield. Walker ran seven quarterback keepers for 52 yards and a touchdown, and Andrew Hartman ran for 45 yards on just five touches.

Hartman also returned a kickoff 80 yards for his second return touchdown of the season. That score answered a 2-yard touchdown run by the Hubs' Anthony Winter that cut the deficit to 13-7 just seconds into the second quarter.

Just like that -- it took 12 seconds for the kickoff return to unfold -- North trailed 19-7.

"That was a back-breaker," Cunningham said. "You play for momentum and you start getting it on your side. Then that happens ..."

But it wasn't the last time that happened.

The Hubs pulled within six points once more when Steve Coccodrilli found Joe Mattei for a 19-yard scoring strike. But Frederick came back by covering 84 yards on seven plays to make it a two-touchdown lead at 27-13.

Frederick (1-1) led by as much as 34 points before North scored the final touchdown -- a 9-yard hookup between Anthony Wells and backup quarterback Lynn Lowman.

Lowman, who entered after the game was all but decided, completed 8 of 11 passes for 118 yards. Winter finished with 109 yards on 23 carries and Desmond Meade had 53 yards receiving for the Hubs (0-2).

Frederick 47, North Hagerstown 19

F -- Deon Walker 4 run (Trayvon Hoy kick)

F -- Jalen Gee 1 run (kick blocked)

NH -- Anthony Winter 2 run (Zach Leazier kick)

F -- Andrew Hartman 80 kickoff return (pass failed)

NH -- Joe Mattei 19 pass from Steve Coccodrilli (kick blocked)

F -- Gee 5 run (Gee run)

F -- Gee 19 run (Hoy kick)

F -- Gee 13 pass from Walker (run failed)

F -- Josh Tomlinson 3 run (Hoy kick)

NH -- Anthony Wells 9 pass from Lynn Lowman (kick failed)

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