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High school football: Rebels put Indians away early

August 31, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • South Hagerstown's Isiaha Smiths scores the first of his three touchdowns Friday night against Berkeley Springs.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — South Hagerstown had the good-time feeling just moments into its season opener on Friday night.

Ramal Martinez blocked a punt on Berkeley Springs’ first possession that resulted in a safety and the Rebels vaulted from a 2-0 lead to a 47-0 victory.

All the scoring came in the first half which resulted in a clock-running second half.

The scoring came in a hurry in the first half, led by 220-pound Isiaha Smith, who rambled up and down the South turf through the Berkeley Springs defense for three touchdowns and 242 yards on only nine carries.

“No. 39 (Smith) will get the ball often this year,” said South coach Toby Peer.

Taking Berkeley’s free kick after the safety, South marched and scored when Smith ran 29 yards for a touchdown.

On the Rebels’ next possession, after a penalty, Smith bolted 81 yards for a score, bulling his way easily through the Indians’ defensive line.

The next score came with a little more time built in, capping a six-play drive with a 33-yard pass-and-run play from Brandon Jackson to Teon Maesar.

Another quick out by the Berkeley offense gave South another opportunity, and the Rebels used it wisely with Kevin White dashing 31 yards to paydirt for a 28-0 lead.

Smith became a one-play star again in the second quarter with an 83-yard scoring run.

Those scores were followed by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Michael Hill to Drequan Johnson and a 50-yard TD run by Hill.

At halftime, South had collected 485 of its 542 total yards in the game.

Peer kept his starters on the bench the entire second half.

“We give our kids credit,” Peer said. “Berkeley Springs is a very young team.”

South displayed the potency on offense with Jackson and Hill rotating in at quarterback. Jackson also completed three passes and Hill two.

“They are weapons and we’ll keep rotating them in,” said Peer.

Despite the victory, there was an ear of concern for Peer as the Rebels were guilty of 14 assessed penalties for 120 yards.

“That’s something that needs to be cleaned up,” he said. “It’s the same for everyone, but we had one scrimmage and three practices washed out. We’ll clean them up.”

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