High School Football: Rebels turn it on in third quarter to whip Wildcats

October 19, 2012|By MARK KELLER |
  • South Hagerstown's Willie Rivas breaks a tackle by Williamsport's Jesse Zeger during Friday night's MVAL Antietam football game at School Stadium.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — For two quarters, Randy Longnecker was having flashbacks to 2011.

Even though his team trailed South Hagerstown 7-3 at halftime Friday night, the Williamsport football coach couldn’t help thinking back to the Wildcats’ biggest win a year ago.

“It was feeling pretty special there at the half,” Longnecker said. “Playing really well, down 7-3 at halftime, it was a lot like the North (Hagerstown) game last year.”

Until the start of the third quarter, that is.

South’s offense came to life in the second half, scoring five touchdowns in the third quarter alone and running away with a 48-12 MVAL Antietam victory over the Wildcats to extend its winning streak to nine games.

“We were a little sluggish in the first half, but a lot of that is because (Williamsport) played well,” South coach Toby Peer said. “This game is a competition, and they competed, executed and played well. We just had to settle in and not panic.”

The Rebels (8-0, 4-0) settled in nicely in the third quarter, leaning on workhorse running back Isiaha Smith and quarterback Brandon Jackson to rev up the offense. The two combined for 242 yards on 18 carries in the third quarter alone as South turned that 7-3 lead into a 41-10 cushion.

Smith had touchdown runs of 39 and 22 yards in the third, while Jackson scored on runs of 3, 27 and 51.

“(Smith’s) first score in the second half took the wind out a little bit,” Longnecker said. “If we could have gotten a stop there, it might have turned out a little different.”

Smith finished the game with 266 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns. Jackson — facing his former team — ran for 120 yards and also scored three times.

The Wildcats (0-8, 0-5) used field position to their advantage in the first half, pinning South inside its own 20 — twice inside the 5 — with punts by Zach Hopkins.

Then the Williamsport defense — spearheaded by Josh Miller and Travis Kendle — kept Smith bottled up for much of the first two quarters. Smith ran for 134 yards in the first half, but the majority of that came on a 78-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Ryan Shoemaker. But South’s defense was equally stingy, holding Williamsport to 74 yards in the first half.

Brown threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Zeger in the third quarter and Josh Miller tackled Smith in the end zone for a safety to account for Williamsport’s other scoring.

Reggie Anderson ran for a 33-yard touchdown for the Rebels late in the fourth quarter to activate the running clock.

“Each game, each week, each team presents a new challenge and a new look,” Peer said. “The biggest thing is to keep our focus and not lose our heads. In the end, it turned out the way we wanted it to.”

South Hagerstown 48, Williamsport 12
Williamsport    3    0    7    2    —    12
S. Hagerstown    0    7    34    7    —    48
First Quarter
W—FG 31 Ryan Shoemaker
Second Quarter
SH—Isiaha Smith 78 run (Craig Coffin kick)
Third Quarter
SH—Smith 39 run (kick failed)
SH—Brandon Jackson 3 run (Coffin kick)
SH—Jackson 27 run (Coffin kick)
W—Kevin Zeger 56 pass from Saavon Brown (Shoemaker kick)
SH—Jackson 51 run (Coffin kick)
SH—Smith 22 run (Coffin kick)
Fourth Quarter
W—Safety, Smith tackled in end zone
SH—Reggie Anderson 33 run (Coffin kick)

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