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Hubs fall as Cadets get best of friends

September 10, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

HAGERSTOWN — Frederick’s Vince Ahearn and North Hagerstown’s Dan Cunningham worked together over the summer, coaching a handful of players from both their squads in an NFL-sponsored 7-on-7 tournament.

The two coaches and their players were on opposite sides on the field Saturday night, and Ahearn’s Cadets upended Cunningham’s Hubs 38-30.

“It was a tough game for both the coaches and the players,” Ahearn said. “We played together over the summer and no one wanted to see the other team fail.”

Frederick grabbed an 8-7 lead early in the second quarter and never relinquished it. The Hubs battled back late in the game and, trailing by eight points, couldn’t convert on a fourth-and-five and turned the ball over on downs, which ultimately ended the game.

Despite making a key stop late in the game, Ahearn said the Cadets’ defense needs some fine tuning.

“We have some serious defensive issues that need to be worked out,” Ahearn said. “It was great to get the win, but we need a lot of work on the defensive side of the ball.”

Offensively, Frederick (2-0) was prolific. Quarterback Matthew Hynes completed 8 of 14 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cadets had some success running the ball, too, as Jerel English ran for 94 yards on 14 carries and reached paydirt twice.

North (1-1) scored the game’s first tocuhdown as an 11-play drive was capped by a 9-yard touchdown strike from J.T. Root to Josh Hall.

Frederick answered back in the second quarter when Hynes hit Jalen Gee on a 21-yard touchdown pass. The Cadets successfully converted the two-point conversion to take an 8-7 advantage.

Another 21-yard touchdown pass from Hynes, a 6-yard TD run by English and two two-point conversions gave Frederick a 24-14 lead at the break. English scored again in the third quarter to give the Cadets a 32-14 lead.

A drive-saving 37-yard run by Root followed by a 36-yard touchdown run by Kyle Hewlett and a successful two-point conversion pulled North within 10 late in the third.

After Frederick went up 38-22 in the fourth, Root scampered into the end zone in the and converted another two-point conversion to trim the lead to eight.

“The kids battled tonight,” Cunningham said. “We’ll rebound from this, and it will make us a better team.”

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