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Cougars could be ‘Kings of Hagerstown’ after tonight

By Bob Madison - For the Chronicle | Oct 1, 2021

Davis Cummings (62) and Jah’Lonnie Hollis (52) anchor a strong Cougar offensive line. David Pennock

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — North Hagerstown won the toss when it hosted Jefferson last Friday in its annual Homecoming game. But the outmanned Hubs won nothing else in the game at Mike Callas Stadium as the Cougars scored at will, while they had time, to come away with a 56-13 win that kept them unbeaten at 5-0. The other Hagerstown public school — South Hagerstown — comes to Shenandoah Junction tonight as a decided underdog.

The Cougars rang up 49 first-half points before the game officials decided to play with a running clock in all of the second half. Jefferson led by 42 points at halftime.

In the second half, the only doubt left was whether Jefferson could get all the players it wanted to find game action for into it before the fleeting game clock ran out.

So few actual plays were run in the second half, that Jefferson had to call an actual timeout that did stop the clock to bring two players at a time onto the field.

Quarterback Sammy Roberts threw four TD passes — two going to tight end Caysen Lanza. Keyshawn Robinson scored twice, one on a 45-yard interception return. Spencer Powell caught a 20-yard scoring heave from Roberts. Christian Blowe gave the Cougars a quick 7-0 lead with a short run. Jefferson’s last points of the opening half came when North’s quarterback fumbled and the Cougars recovered and went in to score from the Hub seven.

Evan Tewell (3) runs off a tackle for a long gain. David Pennock

Evan Tewell, Robinson and Blowe were Jefferson’s first-half ball carriers. Roberts scrambled for needed yardage when necessary.

Oren Humphreys was perfect on place kicks after the many touchdowns. Humphreys also boomed his kickoffs into the end zone or inside the Hub 10-yard line.

Joey Slaughter, Davis Cummings, Brady Chrisman, Lee Forshee, Jared Wilberger and Lanza were among the flocks of tacklers and blockers that continually disrupted or quieted anything North High had in mind on either offense or defense.

The Cougars never had to punt in a first half that saw them score three TDs in the first quarter and then four more in the second quarter.

Tonight’s opponent — South Hagerstown — has lost twice (Oakdale, Smithsburg) and won twice (Tuscarora, Catoctin) in it four games against Maryland schools.

Oakdale downed the Rebels, 42-13. Smithsburg got its only win of the season when it edged the Rebels, 15-14. Winless Tuscarora fell, 39-0, and Catoctin lost a 24-22 verdict to South just last week.

After South Hagerstown, the Cougars next see James Wood from Winchester. Many area high school football followers await Jefferson’s eighth game of the season, which will be against Martinsburg at Martinsburg. The Cougars finish the regular season with games against win-starved Hedgesville and county rival Washington.

Jefferson’s scoring onslaught didn’t seem to dampen the Homecoming crownings at halftime at North High, but the non-stop Jefferson points meant a second loss in four games for the Hubs.