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Walkersville rout leaves stunned Rebels wishing for amnesia

Walkersville rout leaves stunned Rebels wishing for amnesia

October 20, 2009|By MARK KELLER

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    Greg Kellick sees South Hagerstown's football season quickly turning historic, but for all the wrong reasons.

    "We'll probably set a record for fumbles lost in a season. We might be the lowest scoring team in school history. We might give up the most points," Kellick said. "We could go in the history books, but not for anything good.

    "The good thing is, there's only one way to go -- and that is up."

    Kellick is hopeful that the Rebels hit their rock bottom Monday night, when they were trounced by Walkersville 50-0 at School Stadium in a game that was postponed from Friday.

    The Rebels (1-6) have lost six in a row since winning their season opener against Berkeley Springs. They have scored just four touchdowns during their losing streak.

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However, with 55 points this season, they have already surpassed the lowest-scoring team in school history. The 1981 Rebels scored only 30 points in an 0-10 season.

The 1988 Rebels allowed a school-record 355 points. This year's squad would have to surrender 135 points in its final three games to surpass that.

The school record for fumbles lost wasn't readily available, but this year's Rebels took a large step toward that mark by losing four Monday night -- two of which led directly to Walkersville scores.

Add in a muffed kickoff which Walkersville recovered and converted, two blocked punts that turned into Lions touchdowns and a safety and its easy to see why the game was so lopsided.

"We had bad field position the entire game, and that's the same thing that happened to us at Middletown," Kellick said. "When you're starting from your 10 and 20 every time you get the ball and they're starting at your 30 and 40, you're going to end up on the short end a lot of the time."

Jose Depadua ran 19 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns and Jeremy Musselman threw for three more scores -- all in the first half -- for the Lions (5-2).

It didn't take long for the game to get away from the Rebels. They went three and out on their first possession and Ryan Wood's punt was blocked and covered by Walkersville at the South 10-yard line. Two plays later, Depadua scored on a 7-yard run.

Rebels quarterback Hunter Phillips was sacked in his own end zone for a safety and a 9-0 Walkersville lead midway through the first quarter. After the free kick, the Lions made it 16-0 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Musselman to Brian Schultz.

South had its best scoring opportunity late in the first quarter, thanks to three straight 15-yard penalties against Walkersville. A 15-yard run by Phillips got the Rebels into field-goal range, but David Savage pulled a 33-yard try wide to the left.

Three plays later, Depadua broke off a 65-yard touchdown run on the final play of the first quarter for a 22- 0 Lions lead.

"We're just not very disciplined right now, we're not playing as a team," Kellick said. "We thought we had the fumble thing solved. But we're going to come out and work hard and get ready for Boonsboro. That's what we have to do."

Walkersville 50, South Hagerstown 0

W -- Jose Depadua 7 run (Jeremy Musselman kick)
W -- Safety, quarterback sacked in end zone
W -- Brian Schultz 15 pass from Musselman (Musselman kick)
W -- Depadua 65 run (kick failed)
W -- Jacob Miller 35 pass from Musselman (Musselman kick)
W -- Depadua 11 run (Musselman kick)
W -- Jon Tseng 2 blocked punt return (Musselman kick)
W -- Miller 6 pass from Musselman (Musselman kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Walkersville, Depadua 19-153, Babazadeh 9-42, Musselman 5-34, Stewart 1-3, Miller 1-(minus 9). South Hagerstown, Richardson 7-29, Phillips 5-9, Davis 1-5, Stubbs 4-2, Wood 1-0, Prather 1-(minus 1).
PASSING--Walkersville, Musselman 6-8-0-101. South Hagerstown, Phillips 7-13-0-57.
RECEIVING--Walkersville, Miller 2-41, Zuniga 2-32, Schultz 1-15, Stewart 1-13. South Hagerstown, Kitchen 1-15, Moroz 1-15, Stubbs 2-12, Richardson 1-5, McFadden 1-9, Green 1-1.

Records: Walkersville 5-2; South Hagerstown 1-6.

Walkersville222800--50South Hagerstown0000--0WalkSHFirst downs117Rushes-yards34-22919-46Passing yards10157Comp-Att-Int6-8-07-13-0Total offense42-33032-103Punts-avg.3-38.33-(-1.7)Penalties-yards16-1557-58Fumbles-lost1-15-4
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