A rushing symphony was put on by Walkersville's Quentin Ezell and North's Anthony Winter, two of the better running backs in the area.
Winter ran 30 times for 168 yards and a touchdown to just edge Ezell, who finished with 109 yards and a score on 26 carries.
While they battled, Depacua was the change of pace that changed the game.
"(Winter) is the best back we have seen," said Walkersville coach Ryan Himes. "We saw the second half of the Smithsburg game and he scared us. Our kids did a good job tackling him. We were running the same plays. Quentin was getting 3 and 4 yards, but we went to Jose because we knew he would get to the hole just a little quicker."
North (2-4) trailed 17-7 at the half and made an statement with its first possession of the third quarter. Winter carried the ball on nine of the Hubs' 11 plays, collecting 66 yards, and his 3-yard touchdown helped North close the gap to 17-13.
Strong winds took away the passing games and stingy defenses limited yardage for the rest of the game until Walkersville's final drive.
The Lions took the ball on North's 43 and started out with an 11-yard run by Ezell. Walkersville threw the big curve with Depacua with two quick-hitting runs to get to the 23.
North helped out with an offside penalty, followed by the personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct calls, to set up Depacua's burst from the 4 to seal the game.
"We were down four and we couldn't do the things to run a sustained drive like we wanted," Cunningham said. "The game plan went out the window. You can't say enough about the offense. Anthony was great and (A.J.) Staley gave us some good runs, but you can't keep starting inside your 15."
North and Walkersville traded 14-yard scoring passes in the first quarter for a 7-7 tie. Steve Coccodrilli hit Derek Black as the Hubs scored on their opening drive. The Lions countered with Jeremy Musselman finding Brian Schultz with 46 seconds remaining in the period.
Walkersville took a 17-7 halfime lead as Musselman converted a 27-yard field goal and Ezell lumbered 23 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
North outgained Walkersville 157-137 on the ground, but Walkersville outgained North 217-171 overall.
Walkersville 24, North Hagerstown 13
NH -- Desmond Meade 14 pass from Steve Coccodrilli (Meade kick)
W -- Brian Schultz 14 pass from Jeremy Musselman (Musselman kick)
W -- Musselman 27 field goal
W -- Quentin Ezell 23 run (Musselman kick)
NH -- Anthony Winter 3 run (kick failed)
W -- Jose Depacua 4 run (Musselman kick)
RUSHING: North Hagerstown -- Anthony Winter 30-168, A.J. Staley 9-28, Greg Pheabus 1-(-3), Desmond Meade 1-(-5), Team 1-(-8), Steve Coccodrilli 1-(-9), Lynn Lowman 1-(-14); Walkersville -- Quentin Ezell 26-109, Jose Depacua 9-31, Jon Tseng 2-1, Jeremy Musselman 4-(-4).
PASSING: North Hagerstown -- Coccodrilli 1-2-0-14, Lowman 0-4-0 0; Walkersville -- Musselman 6-13-0 80.
RECEIVING: North Hagerstown -- Derek Black 1-14; Walkersville -- Joe Zuniga 4-65, Brian Schultz 2-15.
No. Hagerstown7060--13WWalkersville71007--24NHWalkFirst downs1016Rushes-yards44-15741-137Passing yards1480Comp-Att-Int1-6-06-13-0Total offense50-17154-217Punts-avg.4-26.34-36.3Penalties-yards10-943-25Fumbles-lost2-10-0