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Rebels start Peer era with victory

September 04, 2010|By MARK KELLER
  • South Hagerstown's Jordan Nicewarner celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter against Berkeley Springs on Friday at School Stadium.
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    Hunter Phillips has been here before.

    The South Hagerstown quarterback remembers all too well how the Rebels' 2009 season turned after an opening victory over Berkeley Springs.

    So Phillips thinks he has a good idea what the Rebels need to do after their 32-0 season-opening win over the Indians at School Stadium on Friday night.

    "Stay humble, keep working," Phillips said. "Keep giving 100 percent in practice. That's how we'll keep winning games."

    First-year South coach Toby Peer couldn't agree more with Phillips.

    "He's on to something," Peer said. "Our deal is this: Come early, stay late, work hard in between. Work hard ... that's how we're going to do it."

    Clearly the hard work paid off Friday for the Rebels on both sides of the ball. South (1-0) rolled up 381 yards offensively, most of it coming via the running game as high winds grounded the Rebels' passing attack.

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"That wind was a factor early on," Peer said. "We wanted to have more balance and take what they were giving us, but we decided it was not worth the risk to throw into that wind."

That turned out not to be a problem as Phillips and Nick Stubbs traded carries out of South's new spread offense and carved up the Berkeley Springs defense.

Stubbs carried 23 times for 157 yards and a touchdown, while Phillips -- who ran often last season but rarely by design -- ran 15 times for 168 yards and two scores.

Phillips turned out to be the Rebels' leading rusher, leading passer and one of their leading receivers. He was 3 for 6 passing for 25 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown to Jordan Nicewarner in the second quarter, and he caught two passes for 7 yards from Shon Chisom during a 2-minute drill late in the first half.

"Hunter is very athletic and we can use him in so many different ways and different positions," Peer said. "I knew that if he got (the offense) mentally, he would be just fine physically.

The Rebels held Berkeley Springs (0-2) to just 55 yards on offense and picked off two passes from Indians quarterback Zach White. Brandon Hess returned one interception 38 yards for a touchdown and Carlton Davis took the other to the end zone, only to have it called back on a penalty.

"We're going to load up the line of scrimmage, bring pressure and let our athletes be athletes in the backfield," Peer said. "And our DBs did a great job in coverage tonight."

The Indians completed just 2 of 19 passes on the night, with many of White's passes sailing high over the heads of his receivers. They only crossed midfield once, and that was due to a short South punt.

Phillips remembers the dropoff the Rebels experienced after last year's opener -- a six-game losing streak and a 2-8 season. He said he doesn't expect the same thing this year.

"The team morale is so different this year," Phillips said. "Everybody is playing as one and the seniors are showing the way."

South Hagerstown 32, Berkeley Springs 0

B. Springs 0 0 0 0 -- 0

South 6 13 13 0 -- 32

SH -- Nick Stubbs 6 run (kick failed)

SH -- Jordan Nicewarner 11 pass from Hunter Phillips (Cornelious Prather kick)

SH -- Brandon Hess 38 interception return (kick failed)

SH -- Phillips 28 run (kick blocked)

SH -- Phillips 76 run (Prather kick)

BS SH

First downs 5 16

Rushes-yards 31-28 50-345

Passing yards 27 36

Comp-Att-Int 2-18-2 6-10-0

Total offense 49-55 60-381

Punts-avg. 7-29.4 5-37.8

Penalties-yards 4-45 10-87

Fumbles-lost 1-0 2-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Berkeley Springs, Truax 18-55, Mason 6-4, White 4-(minus 14), McCumbee 2-(minus 4), Team 1-(minus 13); South Hagerstown, Stubbs 23-157, Phillips 15-168, Chisom 2-(minus 2), Collins 8-21, Team 2-1.

PASSING -- Berkeley Springs, White 2-17-2-27, French 0-1-0-0; South Hagerstown, Phillips 3-6-0-25, Chisom 3-4-0-11.

RECEIVING -- Berkeley Springs, Truax 1-9, Sealock 1-18; South Hagerstown, Nicewarner 2-15, Phillips 2-7, Stubbs 1-4, Prather 1-10.

Records: Berkeley Springs 0-2; South Hagerstown 1-0.

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