Cougars run past Rebels

September 17, 2010|By CHRIS CARTER

THURMONT, Md. -- Standing on the Catoctin football field after Thursday night's game felt almost like being in quicksand.

Yet there was no sinking the Cougars' running game.

The dynamic Catoctin rushing attack dominated on the rain-soaked field, rolling up 557 yards and five touchdowns as the Cougars cruised to a 38-13 victory against visiting South Hagerstown.

Austin Carter led the way with 194 yards and a touchdown, Kellen Maxey had 155 yards and Eric Barbour added 81 yards and three scores for the Cougars (3-0), who averaged 10.5 yards per carry.

"Catoctin is very strong up front and the offense is very deceptive," said Rebels first-year coach Toby Peer. "It's not like they did anything that we didn't know they could do. The bottom line is they are just a very good football team. They did win a state title last year."


The first half was played under a steady downpour, which would only benefit a team hell-bent on running the ball. On its opening series, Catoctin broke off runs of 19, 16 and 23 yards -- each by a different back -- and needed only six plays to march 73 yards to take a 6-0 lead with 6:00 left in the first quarter.

The second scoring drive featured runs of 41 and 25 yards, and Barbour scored for the second time for a 12-0 lead with 3:20 left in the period. Barbour added his third and final score with 7:29 remaining in the second quarter and Carter scored from 2 yards out with 2:41 left.

But while the South defense struggled mightily, its offense showed plenty of promise.

Nick Stubbs carried the Rebels deep into Catoctin territory twice in the first 15 minutes, but both drives stalled. Despite 89 first-half rushing yards from Stubbs, South found itself trailing 26-0 at halftime.

"We were very worried about (Stubbs) and (quarterback Hunter Phillips)," said Catoctin coach Doug Williams. "We watched them play in two games so far and they looked very good. If they stay healthy then they will put up a lot of yards."

The Rebels were finally able to crack the end zone after taking possession at the Catoctin 12-yard-line following a fumble. On the first play, Stubbs ran off tackle before flipping across the goal line to make the score 32-6.

Stubbs finished with 125 yards and Phillips gained marginal yardage for much of the game until he broke off a 30-yard scoring run in the final minutes to make it 32-13, well too late for any kind of comeback attempt.

After a season-opening win, the Rebels have dropped two straight, albeit to Maryland powerhouses -- Catoctin is the defending Class 1A state champion.

"Two weeks in a row we got beat by a better team, but our guys never gave up," Peer said. "We're not changing anything. We're going to do what we do and try to get better at it every day. You can't get better by changing everything you do."

Catoctin 38, South Hagerstown 13

S. Hagerstown 0 0 0 13 -- 13

Catoctin 12 14 6 6 -- 38

Ca -- Eric Barbour 2 run (run failed)

Ca -- Barbour 8 run (run failed)

Ca -- Barbour 5 run (Kellen Maxey run)

Ca -- Austin Carter 2 run (run failed)

Ca -- Harlan Lawson 11 pass from Nick Maxey (pass failed)

SH -- Nick Stubbs 12 run (kick failed)

SH -- Hunter Phillips 30 run (Phillips kick)

Ca -- Zach Paguirigan 16 run (pass failed)


First downs 13 26

Rushes-yards 41-213 53-557

Passing yards 36 35

Comp-Att-Int 3-11-1 4-5-0

Total offense 52-249 58-592

Punts-avg. 5-26.8 0-0

Penalties-yards 4-20 4-40

Fumbles-lost 3-1 5-2


RUSHING--South Hagerstown, Stubbs 24-125, Phillips 11-38, Chris Collins 4-25, Charles Herring 2-25; Catoctin, Carter 11-194, K. Maxey 7-155, Barbour 13-81, Paguirigan 4-55, Bewley 4-40, Lawson 6-17, Laramore 3-7, Sprankle 2-5, Houck 1-3, N. Maxey 2-0.

PASSING--South Hagerstown, Phillips 3-11-1-36; Catoctin, N. Maxey 3-4-0-30, Laramore 1-1-0-5.

RECEIVING--South Hagerstown, Meade 1-21, Davis 2-15; Catoctin, Carter 2-19, Lawson 1-11, Paguirigan 1-5.

Records: South Hagerstown 1-2; Catoctin 3-0.

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