High School Football: Hubs go with flow to wash away Catoctin

October 18, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE |

HAGERSTOWN — Maybe it was playing football on a different night that threw North Hagerstown off kilter.

The Hubs took some time to get into the flow of Thursday’s game against Catoctin on Homecoming night, but when they did, it was a powerful swing of momentum that boosted North to a 48-6 victory.

It also gave coach Dan Cunningham a school-record 70th victory, surpassing Glenn Cross.

“I’m just happy they’ve kept me around this long,” said Cunningham, who is now 70-53 since taking over in 2001.

Isaiah Keyes scored three touchdowns and picked up 177 yards rushing on 13 carries to lead a 48-point blitz in the middle two quarters of the MVAL Antietam contest.

Four other players scored for North (7-1, 4-0). The Hubs also had two other scores negated by penalties.

“The first quarter we were just getting settled in,” said Cunningham. “Our defense came to play. It was tough finding the ball early.”

Catoctin (3-5, 2-3) gained 63 yards on the ground with its wing-T and misdirection offense in the opening quarter.

But North, behind Gabe Fridgen and Crosse Barvinchack, made adjustments and clamped down on the Cougars, while the offense rolled.

“Every week (Fridgen) brings us a big game,” said Cunningham, “and we moved Crosse to linebacker two weeks ago and he’s been very good.”

North scored its opening 6-pointer on a drive that covered 84 yards, beginning in the first quarter. On the opening play of the second quarter, Keyes rambled 32 yards, making a pair of zig-zag cuts that left Catoctin defenders without shoes.

“We’ve got guys that can stop on a dime,” said Cunningham. “We’ve got some flashy, explosive kids.”

On North’s next possession, the rain began to fall. North went 53 yards with Roland Renner finding a gaping hole on the left side and dashing 39 yards for a score.

The Hubs weren’t done as Keyes pounced on a loose football on Catoctin’s first possession at the 27.

He converted it on North’s first play, rumbling 27 yards to give North a 21-0 lead with three touchdowns inside of three minutes.

They scored a fourth with 1:47 left in the first half when Preston Carey scored from the 3 after North reaped the benefit of a Catoctin fumble on the 10.

“It’s not that we didn’t come to play in the first quarter,” said Cunningham. “We got the momentum and rode it.”

On the opening sequence of the second half, North went 58 yards on runs of 26 and 15 yards by Carey to set up a 6-yard scoring pass from Nick Karlen to Kenneth McCrary, his first reception of the season.

Catoctin muffed a punt that gave North possession at the Cougar 8. Two plays later, Tre Anderson scored from the 1 at the 5:30 mark for a 41-0 lead.

The Cougars’ next set of downs resulted in a three-and-out. Keyes received a punt at North’s 49 and rolled 51 yards to paydirt to finish the third quarter.

Catoctin managed a score from the 13 when backup quarterback James Georgoff hit Mark Speak for a touchdown as lineups were predominantly marked with second-teamers.

The Hubs had 369 yards rushing, including 271 coming in the second and third quarters.

Carey had 62 yards, Kyle Hewlett added 55 and Renner had 50.

Other than what Catoctin gained in the first quarter, North became very stingy, allowing only 64 yards on the ground the rest of the game.

North now faces “must win” games in the final two weeks with playoff implications on the line. The Hubs host Boonsboro, 6-1 heading into tonight’s game against Brunswick, next Friday and then unbeaten rival South Hagerstown in two weeks.

“It’s one game, one week at a time,” said Cunningham. “This is a focused group.”

North Hagerstown 48, Catoctin 6
Catoctin    0    0    0    6    —    6
North    0    28    20    0    —    48
Second Quarter
NH—Isaiah Keyes 32 run (Mark Grunberg kick)
NH—Roland Renner 39 run (Grunberg kick)
NH—Keyes 27 run (Grunberg kick)
NH—Carey 3 run (Grunberg kick)
Third Quarter
NH—Kenneth McCrary 6 pas from Nick Karlen (kick failed)
NH—Tre Anderson 1 run (Grunberg kick)
NH—Keyes 51 punt return (Grunberg kick)
Fourth Quarter
C—Mark Speak 13 pass from James Georgoff (kick failed)
    Cat    NH
First downs    11    14
Rushes-yards    40-127    32-345
Passing yards    13    24
Comp-Att-Int    2-8-1    2-6-0
Total offense    48-140    38-369
Fumbles-Lost    2-2    5-1
Punts-Avg.    4-33.5    0-0
Penalties-yards    6-45    6-47

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