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Lights-out performance

Hubbard stays unbeaten with statement win over Struthers

September 28, 2013
By MATTHEW PEASLEE - Tribune Chronicle ( , Underthelights

STRUTHERS - In his inaugural game at Laddie J. Fedor Field in Struthers, Hubbard quarterback Brennan Wassil went through some more firsts.

His first power outage delay.

"Everybody was pretty rowdy," he said. "Everybody was yelling."

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His first major injury.

"I got my head jammed in," he said. "I was tripped up and laid my head went down to the ground and I felt my neck get real hot."

His first 5-0 start to a season.

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Hubbard’s L.J. Scott, center, fights off Struthers’ defender Austin Yemma, right, and rushes past Struthers’ Temeko Holness (10) on his way to the end zone for a second-quarter touchdown. The Eagles won, 31-7.

"This is actually more wins now than I have in my entire high school career," Wassil said after Hubbard's 31-7 victory over Struthers on Friday. "It feels great to have our whole community and everyone behind us. The band is great, the student section is great and the fans are great."

The Eagles are pretty great, too.

Junior running back L.J. Scott scored twice to go up 14-0 early in the second quarter. Late in the second quarter, an electrical pole in the north end zone caught fire causing the visiting side lights to go out, as well as the scoreboard, with 2:48 left until halftime. Both teams headed to the locker rooms and each band performed their routines during a hour and a half delay.

"I thought they did that on purpose, to be honest," Wassil said, laughing, as Hubbard gained all the momentum early. "But I saw the breaker going off and it was pretty crazy."

Challenging, too, for the coaching staffs.

"It was tough because we didn't know whether we'd bring them out too soon or what," Eagles coach Brian Hoffman said. "That aspect was difficult, but it all worked out well."

The long delay was considered halftime and once power was restored and the half was finished, there was just a five minute break before the third quarter.

"We came back out in the second half, I guess you could call it the second half, and really didn't miss a beat," Hoffman said.

With the ball as the game resumed, Hubbard ran four plays before Scott ran for another score, putting the Eagles up 21-0, from 46 yards out.

Struthers entered the game as the area's top defense, allowing just 163.3 yards per game and giving up only 8.5 points per game. Hubbard continues to stay atop the area in scoring and totaled 328 yards, with 290 coming on the ground. Scott went down in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and finished with 179 yards on 16 carries. George Hill added 95 yards on 16 carries.

"We feel like we've got a pretty good offensive attack with our running backs and offensive line," Hoffman said. "We feel like we can run the football and do it successfully."

Marcus Donnadio picked off a Wassil pass with 1:31 left in the third, but Hubbard safety Isiah Scott punched it out as Donnadio turned upfield. Aries Shaw recovered it, giving the Eagles a first down and setting up a Vlassios Pizanias 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

On the Wildcats next possesion, Gary Muntean hit Dalton Moore for a 41-yard pass that took them inside the five yard line. Trying to punch it in the end zone, Nick Pollifrone fumbled and a host of Eagles swarmed on the ball.

"The defensive effort was great," Isiah Scott said. "We actually played as a team. I was loving it. We stuck with (our goal of stopping the run) and had a chance to shut them down."

Struthers (4-1) gained just 183 total yards.

"When a good team puts pressure on you mistakes happen sometimes," Wildcats coach Curt Kuntz said. "There's not a more talented team in the area than Hubbard."

Struthers played without starting running back Luke Witkowski (stomach flu) and Braxton Koup (torn rotator cuff) for most of the second half. Muntean was 7 of 12 passing for 108 yards, while Wassil threw for 38 yards on 3 of 6 passing with a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.