Hubs' trio slashes Indians

September 25, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • North Hagerstown's J.R. Railing hauls in a touchdown pass while defended by North East's Logan Dent during Saturday's game.
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    The Three Musketeers paraded up and down Mike Callas Stadium's Conservit Field as football players on a Homecoming Saturday afternoon.

    Anthony Winter -- call him Athos -- ran for 137 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Trey Johnson -- call him Porthos -- ran for 105 yards and a score on 10 carries. Rico Johnson -- call him Aramis -- rushed for 100 yards and two TDs on 10 carries.

    They sashayed their way through a leaky North East defense and led the Hubs to their third straight win, a 47-0 rout that got out of hand early, thanks to three first-quarter touchdowns by the Hubs.

    "It's nice to have three outstanding backs we can rely on and a front line doing a good job," said North coach Dan Cunningham. "We've come a long way since the opener."

    Winter saw only limited action in the first quarter after scoring on runs of 50 and 66 yards on North's first two possessions.


After a 12-yard run on the third possession, he came out of the game dehydrated and never returned.

"I'm used to Friday games, stayed up later because I couldn't sleep and then had a Big Mac before the game," said Winter. "I could have played more."

There was no need to worry with other capable backs.

Rico Johnson took a pitch from quarterback Steve Coccodrilli and romped 30 yards with 2:02 left in the first quarter.

North (3-1) failed to score on its next set of plays, but hit paydirt soon after. Trey Anderson bolted through a gaping hole and scampered 79 yards for a score with 6:08 left in the first half.

"(Fullback) A.J. Staley threw a great block," said Anderson. "It was a power sweep and I just followed him."

With 40 seconds remaining and J.T. Root calling signals, the Hubs finished off a 397-yard first half when Root connected with J.R. Railing on a 39-yard pass play.

After the North defense handled North East for 15 yards in losses on two rushing plays, Rico Johnson set off on a 55-yard run around right end for a 40-0 lead, setting off a running clock with 5:30 left in the third period.

Following a 62-yard punt by North East that put North on offense at its own 2-yard line with under three minutes remaining -- and with the Hubs likely planning on simply running out the clock -- Railing executed a simple blast over right tackle for a 93-yard touchdown.

North's six rushing touchdowns accounted for 373 of its 477 rushing yards. The Hubs picked up another 134 yards passing, giving them 611 total yards.

"I'm really pleased with how (Trey) ran the football," said Cunningham. "He's a sophomore that does a little bit of everything well."

Defensively, North stymied the Indians, allowing 19 yards on 31 carries and only 16 yards passing.

"That's two weeks in a row we've put together a really good defensive effort," said Cunningham.

The Hubs get into a meatier part of their schedule the next three weeks, with Smithsburg, Walkersville and Middletown ahead.

North Hagerstown 47, North East 0
North East 0 0 0 0 -- 0
North 20 14 6 7 -- 47

NH--Anthony Winter 50 run (Alex Courtney kick)

NH--Winter 66 run (kick failed)

NH--Rico Johnson 30 run (Courtney kick)

NH--Trey Johnson 79 run (Courtney kick)

NH--J.R. Railing 39 pass from J.T. Root (Courtney kick)

NH--Rico Johnson 55 run (kick failed)

NH--Railing 93 run (Courtney kick)

NE North

First downs 4 12

Rushes-Yards 31-19 39-477

Passing Yards 16 134

Comp-Att-Int. 3-7-0 5-6-0

Total Offense 38-35 45-611

Punts-Avg. 8-34.0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 2-10 5-40

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0


RUSHING--North East, Irrgang 18-53, Durham 4-9, T. Brown 1-(minus-1), Gillespie 3-(minus-1), Harganx 5-(minus-41); North, Winter 6-137, T. Anderson 10-105, R. Johnson 10-100, Railing 1-93, Root 4-15, J. Anderson 2-4, Coccodrilli 1-(minus 4).

PASSING--North East, Hargan 3-7-0-16; North, Coccodrilli 2-3-0-38, Root 3-3-0-96.

RECEIVING--North East, Smith 2-9, Irrgang 1-7; North, Hall 3-52, Colvin 1-43, Railing 1-39.

Records: North East 0-4; North Hagerstown 3-1.

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