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Rebels blank FSK, off to 2-0 start

September 09, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

UNION BRIDGE, Md. — South Hagerstown’s defense set the tone with early stops and then its offense finally got in the game, and the end result was a 19-0 victory for the Rebels over Francis Scott Key on Friday night.

While the offense sputtered early, the Rebels made three defensive stops in fourth-down situations, extending into FSK’s first possession of the second quarter.

After the third stop, the South offense clicked on a 56-yard drive that included a 42-yard run on a keeper by quarterback Brandon Hess.

That rush set up a 14-yard pass from Hess to Carlton Davis in the left corner of the end zone as Davis got behind two FSK defenders and was spotted by Hess.

“The defense settled into the game plan and the offense finally started up,” said South coach Toby Peer. “The (offense) was a little lethargic in the first half.”

On their second possession of the third quarter, South needed only one play to score after FSK turned the ball over on downs.

From his own 45, Ahmere Ware found daylight on the left side of the line and went untouched 55 yards with 3 minutes left in the period, with Jordan Dickens’ kick making it 13-0.

After another turn of possessions early in the fourth quarter, Hess hit Davis on a nifty 18-yard pass in which Hess rolled out of the pocket and trouble on a third-and-13 play.

On the next play, Hess connected with Michael Hill for a 46-yard scoring strike with 7:37 remaining.

“We finally got some balance in the offense in the second half,” said Peer.

The Rebels’ defensive effort was special with the amount of time it spent on the field in the first half.

With South still trying to find its offense, the Rebels ran only 13 plays in the first half, while FSK called out 31 signals.

“(FSK) gets credit, they played hard and physical and we had to earn what we got,” said Peer.

The Rebels managed 113 yards rushing, with two plays — Hess’ 42-yarder and Ware’s TD — accounting for 97 yards of those yards. Hess was 6 of 8 passing for 96 yards.

South’s defense, in 55 efforts, yielded only 196 total yards.

After starting the season at 2-0 on the road, South gets to taste home-field cooking this Friday against Boonsboro.

South Hagerstown 19, Francis Scott Key 0
South    0    6    7    6    —    19
FSK    0    0    0    0    —    0
Second quarter
SH — Carlton Davis 14 pass from Brandon Hess (kick failed)
Third quarter
SH — Ahmere Ware 55 run (Jordan Dickens kick)
Fourth quarter
SH — Michael Hill 46 pass from Hess (kick failed)

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