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Hubs party like it's 2006

November 06, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

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    HAGERSTOWN -- Turn back the clock to 2006. North Hagerstown 44, South Hagerstown 0.

    Keep the same score, just move the ticker to 2009.

    For the seventh consecutive year, the Hagerstown Gridiron Classic trophy remained on the north side of town as the Hubs dismantled their neighborly rival on Friday night at Mike Callas Stadium.

    "Wow," smiled North coach Dan Cunningham after accepting the trophy. "I'm a little stunned."

    It was the North (4-6, 2-2) football team leaving South (2-8, 1-3) stunned, and the Hubs did it from the very beginning on both sides of the line as they took a 28-24-1 lead in the series.

    Derek Black returned the opening kickoff 35 yards to the North 48 and the Hubs, with the aid of a South penalty, drove 52 yards, with A.J. Staley scoring from South's 6.

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Immediately, the North defense went to work, spearheaded by Dylan Dopson's 21-yard sack of quarterback Hunter Phillips -- the loss was partially offset by to a North penalty. A bad snap on third-and-8 was costly for the Rebels as the Hubs jumped on the loose ball to set up a short field at South's 35.

Anthony Winter ran for 19 yards to help set up his own 3-yard touchdown, and quickly the Hubs led 12-0 with 3:37 left in the first quarter.

"I thought we had our own way on the first drive and that set the tone," said Cunningham.

Zach Eppard, Greg Pheabus and Zach Schreiber took turns with defensive stops in the second quarter as South went three-and-out on four straight possessions.

"That was part of our game plan, to pressure Phillips," said Cunningham. "The defense did a great job. All 11 did a great job beating their man with stunts."

Meanwhile, North's offense kept rolling. After Joe Mattei returned a punt 29 yards, Winter scored from the 7 with 5:57 remaining in the first half.

Starting its next drive from the South 48, North needed just two plays, the second Steve Coccodrilli's play-action 43-yard scoring connection to Black with 4:10 left in the half.

After the fourth quick three-and-out by South, North romped 72 yards behind signal-caller Lynn Lowman, who finished the march off with three straight completions. He hit Black for 34 yards, Desmond Meade for 21 and Pheabus out of the backfield for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 31-0 following the PAT.

"That was some fun tonight on that field," said Lowman, playing in his last prep football game. "Getting Greg that TD was like the old days with the Giants in junior football."

South crossed midfield for the first and only time all night in the final minute of the half on a 46-yard pass from Phillips to Nick Stubbs, but a faulty snap on a 30-yard field goal attempt by David Savage kept South off the scoreboard.

North scored twice in the final period under a running clock. Anthony Wells scored from the 2 with 8:45 remaining, then broke loose for a 24-yard score with a minute to play.

"We played tonight the way we've played all year," said distraught South coach Greg Kellick. "We had no blocking. They came right at us. We really came out flat."

North's defense was stingy, allowing minus-13 yards rushing on 23 tries and 51 yards in total offense.

"That was the objective," said Pheabus, who finished his North career as the Hubs' all-time leader in tackles. "We pushed their line, hit their gaps and created havoc."

The Hubs racked up 263 yards rushing, including 119 on 26 carries by Winter and 83 yards on 14 carries by Staley. In addition, North passed for 132 yards between Coccodrilli and Lowman.

However, Winter couldn't hop around in the celebration huddle as the Hubs accepted the winners' trophy. He suffered a severe ankle injury in the third quarter and his foot was heavily wrapped. Cunningham said the team doctor did not think it was broken since he had movement, but at the least it was a severe sprain.

North Hagerstown 44, South Hagerstown 0

NH--A.J. Staley 6 run (kick failed)
NH--Anthony Winter 3 run (pass failed)
NH--Winter 7 run (kick failed)
NH--Derek Black 43 pass from Steve Coccodrilli (run failed)
NH--Greg Pheabus 6 pass from Lynn Lowman (Desmond Meade kick)
NH--Anthony Wells 3 run (kick failed)
NH--Wells 24 run (Zach Leazier kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--South, Stubbs 13-29, Davis 1-5, Richardson 3-0, Phillips 3-(-36), Williams 2-(-1), Team 1-(1-10); North, Winter 26-119, Staley 14-83, Wells 6-31, Pheabus 2-21, Ballard 2-16, Coccodrilli 2-(-7).
PASSING--South, Phillips, 2-10-64-0; North, Coccodrilli 4-6-71-0, Lowman 3-3-61-0.
RECEIVING--South,, Stubbs 1-46, Richardson 1-18; North, Black 4-95, Meade 1-21, Staley 1-10, Pheabus 1-6.

South0000--0North1219013--44SHNHFirst downs518Rushes-yards23-(-13)52-263Passing yards64132Comp-Att-Int2-10-07-9-0Total offense33-5161-395Punts-avg.6-26.82-29.5Penalties-yards3-308-70Fumbles-lost3-21-1
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