Etzel's 327-yard night puts Clear Spring past Hancock

September 18, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Clear Spring's Sam Elwood is tackled by Hancock's Tanner Dobzranski during the first quarter of the Blazers' 52-12 victory.
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    HANCOCK -- Mike Etzel might wake up this morning wondering if his Friday night was for real.

    It was indeed.

    The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Clear Spring senior riddled Hancock for a school-record 327 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries and caught two passes for 43 yards to lead the Blazers to a convincing 52-12 victory over the Panthers.

    "We've been waiting for that from Mike," said coach Craig Bathgate as the Blazers picked up their first win after two excruciating losses. "He got into the second level of defense and just got going."

    Many of Etzel's yards came after initial contact by Hancock defenders.

    "I just kept on pushing," said Etzel. "We ran basic stuff and rode behind my thoroughbreds."

    Hancock coach Dave Mahaffey was impressed.

    "I said when he was a sophomore that he was going to be a nice back," he said. "He never quits on a play."


Etzel's heroics guided the Blazers to 603 yards of total offense.

All told, Clear Spring authored 415 yards rushing on 41 plays while the defense thwarted Hancock to the tune of eight net yards on 23 efforts.

Quarterback Adam Mellott was 10 of 13, including four completions to Sam Elwood, for 188 yards passing. Mellott and Elwood also each ran for a touchdown.

"(Mellott) made no poor decisions," said Bathgate. "He clicked on all cylinders."

Etzel's first score came from the 1 with 5:37 remaining in the first period to cap a 62-yard drive.

Ryan Aaron's interception set up the second score when Etzel went over right tackle, escaped some tackling efforts and bolted to the left to go 43 yards.

Down 12-0, Hancock (1-2) drove from its 30 to inside the Blazers 20 but came away empty-handed after a pass was dropped at the goal line.

"If we score there, it changes the early complexion of the game," said Mahaffey.

Late in the second quarter, Elwood scored from the 4 to finish a drive set up by Etzel's 28-yard run. Etzel made it 26-0 at the half on a 4-yarder with 1 minute remaining. A 36-yard screen pass from Mellott to Etzel was the big play.

Etzel romped 68 yards on a counter for Clear Spring's first score in the second half, but Hancock immediately answered when Eli Souders returned the kickoff 90 yards to paydirt.

Two more scores were traded in the third -- Mellott's 5-yarder and Sounders scoring on a 17-yard pass from Garrett Wiles.

Etzel opened the fourth quarter with a 52-yard run and Stephen Smith finished Clear Spring's scoring with a 10-yard run.

"We ran a lot of counters and isos," said Bathgate. "It was good to have the mix of options with the passing game."

Tanner Dobzranski had 45 yards on 12 carries for Hancock.

Clear Spring's defense also generated five turnovers, four coming on interceptions, including two by Aaron.

"We didn't quit," said Mahaffey. "We were aggressive but we overran everything on defense."

Clear Spring's added more standards to the school record book. The 52 points surpassed last year's 51-0 win over Rappahannock County and the team rushing and team total offense are also single-game records.

Clear Spring 52, Hancock 12

Clear Spring 6 20 13 13 -- 52

Hancock 0 0 12 0 -- 12

CS--Mike Etzel 1 run (kick failed)

CS--Etzel 43 run (kick failed)

CS--Sam Elwood 7 run (Mike Sensenbaugh kick)

CS--Etzel 4 run (Sensenbaugh kick)

CS--Etzel 68 run (kick failed)

H--Eli Souders 90 kickoff return (pass failed)

CS--Adam Mellott 5 run (Sensenbaugh kick)

H--Souders 17 pass from Garrett Wiles (pass failed)

CS--Etzel 52 run (Sensenbaugh kick)

CS--Stephen Smith 10 run (kick failed)

CS Hanc

First downs 24 9

Rushes-yards 41-415 23-8

Passing yards 188 163

Comp-Att-Int 10-14-1 10-24-3

Total Yards 55-603 47-171

Punts-Avg. 0-0 3-40.0

Penalties-yards 6-55 5-30

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1


RUSHING--Clear Spring, Etzel 25-327, Smith 4-43, Mellott 6-33, Elwood 3-14, Aaron 3-(minus 2); Hancock, Dobzranski 12-45, Faith 6-8, Wiles 5-(minus 43).

PASSING--Clear Spring, Mellott 10-13-0-188, Elwood 0-1-1-0; Hancock--Wiles 10-21-3-163, Manning 0-2-1-0.

RECEIVING--Clear Spring, Elwood 4-77, Etzel 2-43, Michael 1-32, Habel 2-28, Miller 1-8; Hancock, E. Souders 5-64, Poole 3-53, McKinley 2-46.

Records: Clear Spring 1-2, Hancock 1-2.

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