Urbana unloads on South

September 11, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE

IJAMSVILLE, Md. -- For a few moments, South Hagerstown had Urbana right where it wanted.

Both teams opened with scoring drives and South Hagerstown trailed 7-6 with 7:23 left in the first quarter.

Then the Hawks began to unload their full arsenal, and by night's end they rocked to a 55-19 victory over the Rebels in Urbana's home opener.

Even Nick Stubbs' prolific effort wasn't enough for the Rebels (1-1). The senior ran 16 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns and had 145 yards in kickoff returns, but South's defense couldn't keep the Hawks in their nest.

Quarterback Michael Spahr led an Urbana offense that produced 270 yards rushing and 276 passing -- that's 546 yards on 54 plays and a 10.1 yards-per-play average.


Spahr completed 12 of 15 passes with two TDs, and Wes Carey and Matt Semelsberger each ran for 115 yards.

"I told the kids they played with passion for four quarters," said Rebels first-year coach Toby Peer. "It's a true evaluation of a player on how hard he plays for four quarters."

Carey bounced South for a 52-yard touchdown romp on Urbana's first drive.

Stubbs answered with a 55-yard return on the kickoff. Later, a nifty gut-check call on 4th-and-10 at the Urbana 40 resulted in a 26-yard completion from Hunter Phillips to C.J. Davis that helped get the Rebels on the board at the 7:29 mark when Phillips scored from the 3. However, Phillips missed the PAT kick to leave the Rebels trailing by one.

Urbana responded with two additional first-quarter scores and three more in the second period for a 42-6 advantage at the half, with 377 total yards already in the books.

The second period eliminated all suspense. Jude Merkel picked off a pass by Shon Chisom and returned it 35 yards to paydirt, then Merkel hooked up with Spahr on a 70-yard catch-and-run score, set up by another interception, for a 35-6 lead.

"(Urbana) is a good, well-coached team and the bottom line is that they just beat us because they are bigger, faster and stronger and executed," said Peer.

Stubbs was among the Rebels who kept battling. With 1:28 left in the third quarter, he bolted off right tackle and raced 73 yards for a score.

On South's next possession early in the fourth quarter, Stubbs went nearly untouched for a 60-yard score.

"(Nick) plays and practices hard," said Peer. "Everyone kept playing hard tonight."

Urbana 55, South Hagerstown 19

S. Hagerstown 6 0 7 6 -- 19

Urbana 21 21 7 6 -- 55

U--Wes Carey 52 run (Josh Rivera kick)

SH--Hunter Phillips 3 run (kick failed)

U--Aaron Bing 7 pass from Michael Spahr (Rivera kick)

U--Carey 1 run (Rivera kick)

U-Jude Merkel 35 interception (Rivera kick)

U--Merkel 70 pass from Spahr (Rivera kick)

U--Blake Gatewood 1 run (Rivera kick)

U--Matt Semelsberger 11 run (Rivera kick)

SH--Nick Stubbs 73 run (Phillips kick)

SH-Stubbs 60 run (kick failed)

U-Semelsberger 5 run (kick blocked)

SH Urb

First downs 7 17

Rushes-yards 26-245 39-270

Passing yards 31 276

Att-Comp-Int 4-12-2 12-15-0

Total yards 38-276 54-546

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

Punts-Avg. 3-39.0 1-33.0

Penalties-yards 4-33 6-55


RUSHING--South Hagerstown, Nick Stubbs 16-204; Hunter Phillips 10-34; Shon Chisom 1-4; Jarrod McFadden 1-3. Urbana, Matt Semelsberger 15-115; Wes Carey 14-115; Blake Gatewood 4-26; Peter Schofield 3-10; Kevin Bettis 2-4; Michael Spahr 0-0.

PASSING--South, Hunter Phillips 3-7-0-25; Shon Chisom 1-5-2-6. Urbana, Michael Spahr 12-15-0-276.

RECEIVING--South, C.J. Davis 1-23; Jordan Nicewarner 2-8; Kenny Kitchens 1-(minus-3). Urbana, Aaron Bing 5-61; Jude Merkel 4-160; Derek Macierowski 2-54; Connor Cunningham 1-2.

Records: South Hagerstown 1-1; Urbana 2-0.

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