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Blazers start fast to beat Panthers

September 16, 2011|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent
  • Clear Spring's Jesse Gentry (21) breaks up a pass intended for Hancock's Hunter McKinley (11) during Friday night's game.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — Clear Spring’s train kept rolling on Friday, as the unbeaten Blazers took it to the Hancock Panthers in a 34-6 victory.

The Blazers (3-0) wasted no time, quickly recovering Hancock’s opening onside kick to set Clear Spring up at its 42-yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Adam Mellott found Mike Sensenbaugh for a 21-yard touchdown and Ryan Aaron converted a two-point conversion run to put Clear Spring up 8-0.

Less than a minute later, Jared Brant intercepted a pass by Hancock’s Garrett Wiles and returned it 38 yards for another Blazers touchdown.

“We told our players that we have to go out and get a big start, and that’s exactly what they did,” said Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate.

The Blazers allowed a 19-yard fourth-down scoring pass from Wiles to Tanner Faith after a fumble in the first quarter for Hancock’s only score. But Clear Spring answered with a 9-yard touchdown run by Sam Elwood for a 20-6 lead at halftime.  

“In the second half we slowed down and we got a little complacent,” said Bathgate. “We had unnecessary penalties. I didn’t like that too much.”

Clear Spring’s defense gave Hancock good field position in the second half with one of those penalties: A 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct for tackling a returner out of bounds. The offense also had a false start.

“We wanted to be more efficient. Those penalties slow you down and can throw off your rhythm,” Bathgate said.

The Blazers scored twice more — a 3-yard quarterback keeper by Mellott in the third quarter and a 4-yard TD run by Stephen Smith in the fourth.

Clear Spring’s special teams also had a great game, as punter Tylar Habel had two booming punts in the second half — one of 54 yards and another of 50.

“We still played well on both sides of the ball — especially on special teams — but we had little mistakes that are all fixable,” Bathgate said. “We want to fix those mistakes before we face Boonsboro. That’s going to be a tough game.”

Clear Spring 34, Hancock 6
Clear Spring    20    0    7    7    —    34
Hancock    6    0    0    0    —    6
First Quarter
CS – Mike Sensenbaugh 21 pass from Adam Mellott (Ryan Aaron run)
CS – Jared Brant 38 interception return (kick failed)
H – Tanner Faith 19 pass from Garrett Wiles (kick failed)
CS – Sam Elwood 9 run (kick failed)
Third Quarter
CS – Mellott 15 run (Jonathan Durboraw kick)
Fourth Quarter
CS – Stephen Smith 4 run (Durboraw kick)

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