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Wrong turns to right for Knights

October 09, 2009|By CURT HORNBECKER/Staff Correspondent

MIDDLETOWN, Md. -- One of the few mistakes the Middletown football team made all night turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to the Knights. That's the kind of night it was for South Hagerstown.

Sam Michaels muffed the snap on a field goal attempt, but alertly scooped up the ball and scampered 9 yards around a flat-footed Rebels defense, leading to the first of five unanswered touchdowns as Middletown routed South 42-6 on Friday night.

"I'm just totally baffled by that play," said Rebels coach Greg Kellick. "It's like we were in practice. We didn't go after it, we didn't do anything. That was a big momentum swing."

After Michaels' run, it took just two plays for the Knights (3-3) to take a 14-6 lead on a 7-yard Koby Cavanaugh run with 4:27 left in the half.

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Less than two minutes later, after South (1-5) failed to move the ball on offense, Sam Glushakow hit Will Lyons on a 38-yard TD pass. Just 62 seconds after that, Cavanaugh plunged in from 3 yards out for his third score of the game and a 28-6 Middletown advantage at the half.

"I thought field position was the biggest momentum factor in the game, and we had good field position tonight," said Knights coach Kevin Lynott. "The wind was a major factor, too. Our kickoffs into the end zone kept them in their own end of the field."

The Knight grabbed the early lead when a 30-yard punt return by Pat Ryan gave Middletown possession at its own 41.

After Michaels ran for 5 yards and connected with Grant McConaughey on a 27-yard halfback pass, Glushakow found Cavanaugh on a 31-yard pass play before the Knights fullback barreled over from the 1 for a 7-0 lead.

South responded with a 13-play, 77-yard drive, with Xavier Richardson rushing for 58 yards before quarterback Hunter Phillips sneaked it in from the 1. The extra-point kick was blocked, and the Rebels trailed 7-6 with 10:36 left in the second period.

Middletown's defensive line gave Phillips fits all night, sacking the Rebels junior four times for a total of 42 yards.

Middletown managed to complete 9 of 18 passes for 177 yards.

Xavier Richardson's 115 yards on 24 carries sparked South offensively.

Middletown 42, South Hagerstown 6

M--Koby Cavanaugh 1 run (Nathaniel Iott kick)

S--Hunter Phillips 1 run (kick failed)

M--Cavanaugh 7 run (Iott kick)

M--Will Lyons 38 pass from Sam Glushakow (Iott kick)

M--Cavanaugh 3 run (Iott kick)

M--Sam Michaels 5 run (Iott kick)

M--Lance Lagos 33 run (Iott kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--South, Richardson 24-115, Wood 6-7, Davis 1-6, Phillips 10-7. Middletown, Michaels 13-57, Cavanaugh 8-40, Glushakow 4-17, Lagos 7-53, Lumley 7-28, T. Lyons 4-0.

PASSING--South, Phillips 11-4-0-21. Middletown, Glushakow 16-8-0-150, Michaels 1-1-0-27, T. Lyons 1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING--South, Williams 1-11, Richardson 1-(-8), Kitchens 1-5, Nicewarner 1-13. Middletown, Vaynman 1-21, Ryan 1-8, Michaels 2-45, McConaughey 1-27, Cavanaugh 1-31, Burns 1-1, Wenner 1-6, W. Lyons 1-38.

So.. Hagerstown6000--6Middletown72177--42MiddSHFirst downs1020Rushes-yards41-13742-193Passing yards21177Comp-Att-Int4-11-09-18-0Total offense52-14860-370Punts-avg.8-30.12-43.0Penalties-yards8-362-10Fumbles-lost2-04-2
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