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by Dan Eckles
Sep 15, 2011 | 1170 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo/John Byrne - Reed linebacker Drew Bryant tackles a Hug ball carrier to the ground during the first-half of the Raiders' romp Thursday.
Tribune photo/John Byrne - Reed linebacker Drew Bryant tackles a Hug ball carrier to the ground during the first-half of the Raiders' romp Thursday.
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There are bad halves of football. And then there is what the Hug Hawks suffered through Thursday night in their Northern 4A League affair at Reed. If it could have been worse for Hug, it’s hard to imagine how.

Hug turned the ball twice and both resulted in Reed touchdowns. On Reed’s other seven first-half possessions, the Raiders torched Hug for six touchdowns and a field goal. By halftime, Reed led 58-0 and forced the officiating crew to implement a running clock. In the end Reed walked off a 65-0 victor.

Hug finished the game with only two first downs and just 49 yards of total yards in the lopsided loss. It completed only 2-of-16 passes and had 21 rushing attempts for -8 yards.

Reed needed just 47 seconds to get on the scoreboard. It got the opening possession and went 72 yards on five plays. Raiders quarterback A.J. Silva capped the quick drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Alex Young.

“We want to go up-tempo every game,” Silva said. “We want to go faster and faster. It was effective. we caught them shifting at the snap a lot. We had guys open tonight. They ran good routes. I just wanted to hit them.”

Hug was forced to punt after a three-and-out on the ensuing possession. Reed went right back to work, taking advantage of a short field. The Raiders went 43 yards and needed only four plays this time. Ty Shepard handled the scoring honors with a 6-yard touchdown run that led to Reed forging ahead 14-0 just three minutes into the game.

Three plays later, Hug was again forced to punt. The Raiders got a short field again, taking over at the Hug 46. On this night, it did not matter where Reed started. It was going to score. The Raiders did need seven plays to find the end zone on their third possession. Silva and Beau Tittensor hooked up on a 6-yard pass-and-catch scoring combination that gave Reed a 21-0 edge at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter.

Reed wound up tacking on 17 more points before the first quarter was even over. Silva booted a 39-yard field goal. Then he hit Hibler for a 13-yard touchdown reception. The Raiders’ final score of the first quarter came when senior linebacker Broc Westlake recovered a Hug lateral in the end zone.

“I recognized that went backwards right away,” Westlake said of the unintentional lateral. “As it left the quarterback’s hands, I was sprinting for it. It was fun to score … We all played well. You have to come out every week, no matter who you’re playing and play like it’s championship week. We knew if we played hard, everything would take care of itself.”

The scoreboard read 38-0 Reed, with 24 seconds still to go in the first quarter, after that trio of scores.

“It’s a tempo thing for us,” Reed coach Ernie Howren said. “And it’s not necessarily about scoring. We just want to get the tempo as fast as we can and if we are fortunate enough to score quick, that’s great. That’s part of our mindset, that we’re always working on.”

Reed did not let up. It added another touchdown just over two minutes into the second quarter. That came on a 10-yard John Covello scoring scamper.

Another Hug three-and-out put the Reed offense back on the field. A 42-yard march ended with a Silva to Connor Cox 20-yard touchdown at the 3:59 mark of the second quarter, making it 52-0.

Silva, who only played in the first half, finished the game 13-of-17 for 195 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

Reed’s final score of the first half came after another Hawks gift. Hug fumbled and Raiders lineman Jared Greenwald scooped up the loose pigskin and ran it back the five yards to pay dirt for the eighth touchdown of the first half for the RHS gridders. That accounted for the 58-0 halftime margin.

In the third quarter, Reed only scored once, but then again it only had one possession in the 12-minute stretch of mercy-rule running clock. Shepard was credited with the touchdown on a 33-yard TD run.

“I was just really pleased with the kids in all three facets of the game,” Howren said. “They understood the game plan and executed it well.”

Reed (2-1, 1-0 Northern 4A) will travel to McQueen for its next game, Sept 23.

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