No. 1 River Hill rolls into state final

Hostetler, Martin account for seven touchdowns in rout of Franklin

River Hill 56 Franklin 7

Class 3A football

December 02, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

River Hill is going to the state final for the first time as a result of last night's impressive 56-7 rout of visiting No. 8 Franklin in the Class 3A state semifinal played in Clarksville.

"M&T on three, M&T on three, one-two-three!" yelled a voice in front of the River Hill team after the game.

Quarterback Dan Hostetler ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more, and Zach Martin ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. Martin has rushed for 1,553 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.

The top-ranked Hawks won their 13th consecutive game at home since 2004 to go to 13-0, and will play Friendly (13-0), a 43-21 winner over Urbana in the other 3A semifinal, likely next Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

River Hill, in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, lost in last year's state semifinals to eventual champion Gwynn Park of Prince George's County.

"We wanted to be playing our best ball at the end of the year during playoff time," said Hawks coach Brian Van Deusen, whose Hawks scored 50 or more points for the fourth time this season.

"We were real focused," Van Deusen said. "We've never been to M&T Bank Stadium before, so the kids were focused all week. They came out early, made some big plays and I think we kind of put them away in that first quarter."

The Hawks scored on their first four possessions to take a 28-0 first-quarter lead that ballooned to 42-0 before the Indians (10-3) got on the board on the final play of the first half on a 19-yard pass from Josh Gibson to Rashad Blackwell.

Martin scored on a 5-yard run on the game's opening drive. Nick Thomas then recovered a fumble at the Franklin 25 to set up a 1-yard score by Hostetler.

Hostetler then tossed touchdown passes to sophomore Mike Campanaro from 53 yards and to Greg Nowak from 4 yards for the 28-0 lead.

"We spent a lot of hours in the film room preparing," Hostetler said. "Most of the credit has to go to our line because they just dominated and blew them off the ball and opened up big holes for our backs."

River Hill's defense contained explosive Franklin running back Scott Noble. The Hawks held Noble, bound for James Madison, to 36 yards on 11 carries.

"We were worried all week because Noble is a great back, one of the best in the area," Van Deusen said. "Our focus was on Noble and to make them do something else."

"It's a tough one to deal with, but I told these guys to have a lot of pride in what they accomplished this year," said Franklin coach Anthony Burgos, whose Indians made the state semifinals for the first time since 1978.

"Obviously things spiraled out of control a little bit early and they have a great team. Nobody thought we would be in this position."

Franklin 0 7 0 0 - 7

River Hill 28 14 7 7 - 56

RH-Martin 5 run (Trench kick) RH-Hostetler 1 run (Trench kick) RH-Campanaro 53 pass from Hostetler (Trench kick) RH-Nowak 4 pass from Hostetler (Trench kick) RH-Martin 11 run (Trench kick) RH-Hostetler 2 run (Trench kick) F-Blackwell 19 pass from Gibson (Gibson kick) RH-Martin 9 run (Trench kick) RH-Campanaro 6 run (Trench kick)

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