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High School Football: Interception helps Hubs derail 'Roaders

September 28, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Ironically, in a classic battle between North Hagerstown’s running attack and Brunswick’s passing game, it was Brandon Brown's 77-yard interception return that gave the Hubs the cushion they needed to secure a 35-21 victory over the Railroaders in an MVAL Antietam game at Mike Callas Stadium on Friday night.

Just 94 seconds after a Nick Karlen quarterback sneak gave North (4-1, 1-0) a 13-8 advantage, Brown picked off Collin Nusbaum’s pass and sped down the right sideline to provide the Hubs with a two-touchdown advantage.

The Hubs’ offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing Kyle Hewlett to lead a North Hagerstown rushing attack that racked up 306 yards on the night.

Hewlett finished with 164 yards on just 12 carries.

Meanwhile, Brunswick (2-3, 1-1) had plenty of success through the air, as Nusbaum completed 21 of 36 passes for 252 yards, including eight completions to Blaine Price for 114 yards.

A 24-yard Railroaders punt gave North excellent field position on the Brunswick 35-yard line early in the first half, and the Hubs needed just two plays to take a 6-0 lead, with Tre Anderson scampering 33 yards for the score.

But the Railroaders needed just six plays — aided by a North penalty — to claim an 8-6 advantage. Nusbaum hit on three straight passes for 54 yards, leading to Michael Conrad’s 3-yard TD run.

When North’s subsequent drive stalled on the Railroaders 30, Brunswick marched down the field, only to be stopped on fourth down at the Hubs’ 7.

North then went 93 yards on 12 plays, climaxed by Karlen’s 1-yard sneak to take the lead. Shortly thereafter, Brown’s interception gave the Hubs a 12-point lead with 4:21 left in the half.

An 8-yard scoring strike from Nusbaum to Jacob Struss with just 1:14 left in the half sent the team into the intermission with North leading 20-15.

North nearly added another score late in the third period, but the Railroaders’ defense stiffened and stopped the Hubs short on a fourth-and-goal at the 1.

A 59-yard Brunswick punt gave the Hubs the ball on their own 2. North used 17 plays to drive 98 yards for a 28-15 advantage, with Karlen finding Anderson on a 21-yard reception for the score.

Hewlett made it 28-21 on a 48-yard touchdown run with 4:41 left. The Hubs answered, driving 80 yards on seven plays with Conrad running it in from 2 yards out for the final score.

North Hagerstown 35, Brunswick 21
Brunswick    8    7    0    6    —    21
North    6    14    0    15    —    35
First Quarter
NH — Tre Anderson 2 run (kick failed)
B — Michael Conrad 3 run (Jensen Foster run)
Second Quarter
NH — Nick Karlen 1 run (Mark Grunberg kick)
NH — Brandon Brown 77 INT return (Grunberg kick)
B — Jason Struss 11 pass from Collin Nusbaum (Nusbaum kick)
Fourth Quarter
NH — Anderson 21 pass from Karlen (Preston Carey run)
NH — Kyle Hewlett 48 run (Grunberg

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