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Huskies go to Plan B to turn back Blazers

September 30, 2011|By BRETT NIEVES | Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING — Alex Baker was the catalyst for Northern Garrett’s offense Friday night in a 19-13 win over Clear Spring.

Baker, listed as a running back, was playing in a ‘wildcat’ role, both running and passing the football. He initiated an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive — where he touched the ball on 10 plays — to give Northern Garrett a six-point lead with 39 seconds left to play.

“Baker is a good runner and a playmaker,” Northern Garrett coach Phil Carr said. “He’s probably our best athlete.”

With the score knotted up at 13 in the closing minutes, Baker began marching his team down the field. He went 4-for-5 for 35 yards and a touchdown on the drive while carrying the ball five times for 21 yards. He completed a 5-yard go-ahead touchdown pass to Kyle Rosenberg.

“Our quarterback got hurt earlier this season,” Carr said. “We had to come up with a way to move the ball down the field.”

Baker finished with 76 yards rushing on 14 carries and a touchdown, while completing 9 of 12 passes for 87 yards and another score.

Clear Spring had a mere 39 seconds to charge the down the field and try to tie the game in the final seconds — and nearly did, but quarterback Adam Mellott was stood up just before the goal line.

Mellott went 14-for-20 for 222 yards and two touchdowns.

“(Mellott) is the best quarterback I’ve coached,” Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate said. “We ask him to do a lot, but he always seems to find the open guy.”

The Huskies (2-3) scored in the first quarter after recovering a Clear Spring fumble. A 40-yard run by Chris Murdock set up a 10-yard touchdown scamper by Josh Mason to put Northern Garrett up 7-0.

The Blazers (3-2) responded in the second quarter when Mellott hooked up with Ryan Aaron for a 21-yard touchdown strike.

Northern Garrett took a 13-7 lead after Mason bulldozed his way into the end zone from a yard out. Clear Spring answered immediately with a 35-yard touchdown pass from Mellott to Aaron. The score stayed tied at 13 when the Blazers missed the extra point.

“We battled tonight,” Bathgate said. “We just came up short as a team.”

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