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High School Football: Hubs' offense outduels Wildcats

October 05, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | will.robinson@herald-mail.com
  • North Hagerstown's Kyle Hewlett (3) breaks the tackle of Williamsport's Justin Kennedy during Friday night's MVAL Antietam football game at Williamsport.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — North Hagerstown’s powerful offense continued its winning ways at Williamsport on Friday. The Hubs stretched their winning streak to four games with a 53-27 MVAL Antietam victory over the Wildcats.

North Hagerstown (5-1, 2-0) flexed its muscle in the first half, scoring 40 points.

After a long kick return by Tre Anderson set up North’s first drive at Williamsport’s 3-yard line, Kyle Hewlett scored his first touchdown 19 seconds into the game.

After an interception by Preston Carey at Williamsport’s 15, Nick Karlen’s first pass of the game went for a 79-yard touchdown to Reginald Moody.

Carey later scored on a 67-yard run to give North a 20-0 lead in the first quarter.

“The game is won up front and I think our line played a solid three quarters,” said North coach Dan Cunningham. “Credit goes to Williamsport’s defense, they shot our gaps and got in the way of our ball carriers, but a lot of upfield blocks and second-chance runs put us in good position.”

North’s line allowed the tandem of Hewlett and Carey to combine for 289 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Carey scored his second touchdown on a 4-yard run in the second quarter, and Hewlett found the end zone again with a 60-yard scamper in the third.

Williamsport’s passing game had some trouble with three interceptions in the first half — including a 42-yard return for a score by Gabe Fridgen. But both T.J. Boyer and Savon Brown found their favorite target in Jesse Zeger.

Boyer opened the second quarter with a 42-yard bomb to Zeger to get the Wildcats (0-6, 0-3) on the board. Later in the frame, Zeger scored his second touchdown on a 53-yard flea-flicker pass from Brown. Zeger scored his third touchdown in the third quarter on a 48-yard pass from Boyer.

“Jesse had a huge game tonight. I keep trying to get him and his brother Kevin into the end zone,” said Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker. “T.J. did a good job finding him, and it was nice to see that flea-flicker from Savon work so well.”

While the Wildcats’ offense came alive in the first half, Williamsport’s defense took the fight to the Hubs in the second. The Wildcats forced five fumbles in the second half, including a 37-yard return for a touchdown by — who else? — Zeger.

However, Fridgen’s second interception return for a score, a 10-yarder with two minutes remaining in the game, sealed the win for the Hubs.

“Defensively, we’re battered, but Gabe had a heck of a night,” Cunningham said. “We set the tone early, and credit goes to them. We’re going through a lot of linebackers right now, but our guys stepped it up tonight.”

North Hagerstown 53, Williamsport 27
North    20    20    7    6    —    53
Williamsport    0    14    6    7    —    27
First Quarter
NH — Hewlett 3 rush (Grunberg kick)
NH — Karlen 79 pass to Moody (Grunberg kick)
NH — Carey 67 rush (kick blocked)
Second Quarter
W — Boyer 42 pass to Zeger (Shoemaker kick)
NH — Carey 4 rush (kick blocked)
NH — Fridgen 42 interception return (Grunberg kick)
NH — Karlen 42 pass to Anderson (Grunberg kick)
W — Brown 53 pass to Zeger (Shoemaker kick)
Third Quarter
NH — Hewlett 60 rush (Grunberg kick)
W — Boyer 48 pass to Zeger (kick blocked)
Fourth Quarter
W — Zeger 37 fumble return (Shoemaker kick)
NH — Fridgen 10 interception return (kick failed)

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