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Hubbard beats Canfield, now waits its fate

October 27, 2012
By TIM CLEVELAND - Tribune Chronicle (tcleveland@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

HUBBARD - Heading into its Week 10 home game against Canfield, Hubbard knew it needed a win and some help to make the Division III state playoffs.

The Eagles certainly took care of their part of the bargain, as Larry Scott rushed for 229 yards and five touchdowns to lead Hubbard to a 58-28 rout Friday night.

"It was amazing. I came out here and did it for my team," Scott said. "We're a family and we plan on being in the playoffs. It would feel real nice to get in. I feel like we worked extra hard for it."

"Outstanding night. Offensive line played well, too," Hubbard coach Brian Hoffman said. "Quarterback played well. It's a team effort. It's a good way to end the season."

With the win, Hubbard unofficially moved up to the eighth and final spot in the Division III, Region 9 computer rankings and a possible road game at Chagrin Falls.

"Honestly, we're hopeful but we still don't know for sure," Hoffman said. "They're not final yet. So, we're hoping."

Hubbard set the tone for the game right away, as Scott ran 60 yards for a touchdown just 12 seconds into the game. After Canfield tied the game on a Kimu Kim 5-yard score, the Eagles added a field goal and a 27-yard TD from Scott for a 17-7 lead.

"They're an excellent football team," Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky said. "Great offense with Scott, Darnell Tate and Brandon Harb at quarterback. They're a well-oiled machine. They're really deserving of going to the playoffs."

After Scott scored his third touchdown in the second quarter, Harb showed off his arm.

Facing a third and 15 on the 38, Harb threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Isiah Scott, and on the next possession, he added a 57-yarder to Tate. The second scoring pass, with 1:32 left in the first half, gave Hubbard (7-3, 3-3 All-American Conference, American Division) a 44-14 halftime lead.

Harb finished 5-of-6 passing for 168 yards and added 43 yards on the ground.

Before he was pulled from the game, Larry Scott added 6- and 28-yard touchdowns in the third quarter. The first score was set up by an interception by Cole Bencetic, who returned the ball to the Canfield 20.

Canfield (2-8, 1-5) got a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter from Jake Dawson and scored two second-half touchdowns, as Alec Heldreth ran a fumble back 52 yards in the third quarter and Aaron Jenkins had a 9-yard score in the fourth.

"Our kids kept playing, that's all," Pavlansky said. "That's what we like about our kids. No matter what the score is, they're going to play hard for 48 minutes."

Hoffman said he was proud of the way his starting defense allowed only one touchdown.

"One legitimate touchdown that first series," he said. "We made some adjustments after that first series. Our kids played well. We're just proud of the all-around team effort tonight. It's a good way to go out on the season. We'll be crossing our fingers for the next hour or so and hopefully things fall our way."

tcleveland@tribtoday.com