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High school football: Smith's big game leads Rebels to win in opener

September 06, 2013|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Nobody said following up a 2,000-yard rushing season was going to be easy for Isiaha Smith. And for two quarters Friday night, it looked like the going would be quite rough for South Hagerstown’s senior running back.

That all changed in the first minute of the second half.

Smith broke off a 74-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage after halftime and finished with 261 yards and five touchdowns as the Rebels opened the season with a 49-26 win over Century in a game slowed and marred by penalty flags.

Smith had 56 yards on nine carries in the first half and scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards to help the Rebels (1-0) to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. But Century’s defense kept him from breaking free and that allowed the Knights (0-1) to climb back into the game.

Justice Guthrie connected with Isaac Houston on a 21-yard touchdown pass to pull Century within 21-7. It came at the end of a drive that saw the Knights penalized on four consecutive snaps and offsetting penalties called on two other plays.

South’s ensuing drive netted just 6 yards in 10 plays as the Rebels were flagged three times and another pair of offsetting penalties was called. A fumbled snap in punt formation was picked up by Century’s Brenden Herbert and returned 17 yards for a touchdown that cut South’s lead to 21-14.

On the first play of South’s next possession, Mike Ashwell picked off a Brandon Jackson pass, giving the Knights an opportunity from the Rebels 40 with just under a minute in the half. Guthrie hit Houston for an 18-yard gain, but the drive stalled.

Smith’s long touchdown run gave South a 28-14 lead in the third, but Century answered. Guthrie completed 4 of 5 passes on the Knights’ next drive, ending with a 19-yard scoring strike to Deion Minor to make it 28-20.

Jackson broke the big run on South’s next drive, going 35 yards to the Century 22. He added a 12-yard run to set up Smith’s fourth touchdown, a 10-yard blast off right tackle to give South a 35-20 edge at the end of three.

Smith had runs of 14 and 30 yards, while Jackson and Josiah Johnson both scampered for 17-yard gains on yet another scoring drive for the Rebels. Smith finished the job with his fifth touchdown, his third of the night from 2 yards out.

Johnson closed the scoring for South midway through the fourth with a 20-yard touchdown run. He finished with 64 yards on seven carries, while Jackson ran for 92 yards on 11 attempts.

Guthrie completed 14 of 22 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns for Century. Carter Robins threw for 81 yards in the fourth quarter, including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Gray Gams.

Ramal Martinez scored on a 61-yard fumble return for South in the first quarter.

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