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Rebels blast Indians in all three phases

September 03, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRING, W.Va. — South Hagerstown football coach Toby Peer didn’t need to be pinched.

What he had just seen was real. His Rebels scored a 59-7 victory over Berkeley Spring on Friday in South’s season opener.

But Peer was the first to admit it was like magic because what fans saw wasn’t actually what they got.

“You look at the score of this game,” Peer said. “You see the 59-7 score and you think it was an offensive game. For us, the defense and special teams set it all up. We got scores from all three phases of the game today.”

The Rebels forced turnovers on Berkeley Springs’ first four possessions — two fumbles and two interceptions — to set up their first four scores as they took a 26-0 lead. The first three came on big offensive plays, and the fourth was a 68-yard interception return by Ahmere Ware to give South all the lead it would need.

Everything else was gravy. Turnovers and special-teams plays set up or scored 46 of South’s 59 points in a game that all turned on the first play from scrimmage.

“I was very pleased with the defense and its turnover ability and we were very opportunistic on offense,” Peer said. “The defense set the tone and dictated the tempo. When it gets to be like that, they are able to play confident and fast.”

The Rebels got scores from all phases. Isiaha Smith and Ware each scored twice while quarterback Brandon Hess ran for a touchdown and threw for another. South ran up 324 of its 389 yards of offense in the first half for a 39-0 halftime lead.

The Rebels came out in the second half and scored three times despite running just one offensive play. C.J. Davis ran the second-half kickoff back 95 yards and John Kitchen scooped up a blocked punt and returned it 17 yards for another score. Smith capped the night with a 53-yard run up the middle to give the Rebels a 59-0 lead with 7:49 to go in the third quarter.

Berkeley Springs avoided the shutout on C.J. Gosley’s 3-yard run with 7:49 remaining.

The tide turned South’s way on the Indians’ first play from scrimmage, as Jordan Bucher stripped the Indians’ William Colliflower of the ball to set the Rebels up at Berkeley Springs’ 33.

Ware led South with 113 yards rushing while Smith added 84 more on the ground.

South Hagerstown    26    13    20    0    —    59
Berkeley Springs    0    0    0    7    —    7
SH — Brandon Hess 24 run (kick failed)
SH — Jakerian Jones 20 pass from Hess (kick failed)
SH — Andrew Wells 20 run (Hess kick)
SH — Ahmere Ware 68 interception return (Hess kick)
SH — Isiaha Smith 25 run (Hess kick)
SH — Ware 4 run (kick failed)
SH — C..J. Davis 95 kickoff return (kick failed)
SH — John Kitchen 17 blocked punt return (Chris Collins kick)
SH — Smith 53 run (Collins kick)
BS — C.J. Gosley 3 run (Zach Wise kick)

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