River Hill mixes it up, routs Long Reach, 52-21

Smith rushes for 3 scores as No. 12 Hawks go to 8-0

Football

October 24, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill's offense displayed it all. Power running. Speed running. Short passing. Long passing. Lots of formations. Lots of men in motion. A powerful line that didn't give up a sack and won the war in the trenches. A superb kicker.

Unbeaten and 13th-ranked Long Reach had allowed just 59 points in its previous 11 games, but River Hill's offense changed it up so well that the No. 12 Hawks scored a 52-21 homecoming victory yesterday - their second-best point total in school history.

"We're tough to defend against," said River Hill coach Brian Van Deusen. "We had a good game plan that created nice mismatches, and after scouting five game films we were pretty confident going in. But we didn't think we'd score 52 points."

Tyler Martin pounded inside for 52 tough yards on 15 carries.

Darol Smith flashed his speed on touchdown runs of 57, 49 and 23 yards.

"We weren't intimidated by their defensive reputation," Smith said. "They are a great team, but we sent out a message that you have to bring your `A' game against us."

Ben Hostetler completed 10 of 19 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown without throwing an interception and was a workhorse at defensive back.

"They have a lot of speed, but we watched a lot of game film and knew their keys, so we felt confident," said Hostetler, whose Hawks (8-0 overall, 7-0 league) jumped out to a 28-0 lead.

Greg Nowak caught five passes for 103 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown catch. He also intercepted two passes.

David Erdman, a 6-foot-4, 276-pound offensive tackle, led a 240-pound-average line that included Kevin Beagle, B.J. Benning, Josh Horton and Boris Tartakovsky.

"We've been blowing other teams off the ball all season and playing the whole game," Erdman said. "We take pride in keeping our quarterback safe."

Ryan Deiter kicked seven extra points and a 37-yard field goal, in addition to repeatedly booming his kickoffs deep into the end zone. His field goal had 20 yards to spare.

Leading 38-21 early in the fourth quarter, River Hill's defense stopped a 57-yard Long Reach drive inches short of a first down at the 5-yard line.

The Lightning dropped to 7-1.

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