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Rebels show little fight in ugly loss

September 18, 2009|By MARK KELLER

HAGERSTOWN -- Last Friday, following a loss to Urbana, South Hagerstown football coach Greg Kellick said he expected the rest of the Rebels' games this season to be hard fought.

He was proved wrong Thursday night.

Catoctin pushed the much-bigger Rebels around the field at School Stadium and took advantage of South's miscues in a 43-8 victory in an MVAL intraconference game.

The Cougars (3-0) ran for 235 yards on 38 carries, averaging 6.2 yards per rush, while holding South to 30 yards on 19 carries -- all despite South's decisive size advantage on both lines.

"There wasn't any fight in us tonight. I'm very embarrassed," Kellick said. "This is the first time I've ever been embarrassed walking off this field. And I am. We didn't play well and I have to take the blame for that."

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It was a nightmarish first half for the Rebels (1-2), who gained just 31 yards before Hunter Phillips connected on two long passes just before halftime. They lost three fumbles -- all of which led to Catoctin touchdowns -- and had a punt blocked that the Cougars recovered in the end zone for another touchdown.

On the other side, the Cougars scored on all four of their first-half possessions and one of South's. They led 37-0 at halftime, putting the running clock into effect in the second half.

"If someone would have told me this would happen, I'd say they were crazy," Kellick said. "We knew they were going to move the ball and score. They had three or four plays we knew we had to stop, we showed them what they had to do to stop them.

"We looked bad, played bad. We took a step back tonight."

Phillips ended up throwing for 207 yards for South, including a 75-yard touchdown pass to Dulaney Williams on the first play of the fourth quarter. Trailing 43-0 at that point, the score couldn't even stop the running clock, even if it did give the Rebels one of their only bright moments of the game.

The Cougars recovered a South fumble just 2 1/2 minutes into the game, then drove 40 yards for their first score -- a 1-yard run by Austin Carter. Dylan May hit Sean Reaver for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

South moved backward on its second possession and faced a fourth-and-19 from its own 25. Ryan Wood's punt was blocked and covered in the end zone by Braden Myers. Carter added the two-point run to give Catoctin a 16-0 edge.

Myers got in on the action again in the second quarter, recovering a South fumble on a kickoff to set up another Catoctin score.

Symbolic of South's struggles was its final drive of the first half. With time running out, Phillips connected with Williams for a 35-yard gain to the 41, then found Jordan Nicewarner at the goal line. But Nicewarner was stood up and held out of the end zone as time ran out.

"We'll find some positives in this, I guarantee it," Kellick said. "We'll come out here and be ready to play Smithsburg next week."

Catoctin 43, South Hagerstown 8

C -- Austin Carter 1 run (Sean Reaver pass from Dylan May)

C -- Braden Myers recovered blocked punt in end zone (Carter run)

C -- Nick Maxey 7 run (Landon Routzahn run)

C -- Paul Barbour 1 run (kick blocked)

C -- Nick Nowalckzik 9 pass from May (kick good)

C -- Devon Patterson 5 run (pass failed)

SH -- Dulaney Williams 75 pass from Hunter Phillips (Phillips run)

Catoctin162160--43South0008--8CatSHFirst downs139Rushes-yards38-23519-30Passing yards28207Comp-Att-Int2-4-07-14-0Total offense42-26333-237Punts-avg.0.02-10Penalties-yards2-203-30Fumbles-lost2-13-3
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