Not So Lit­tle

Ham­burg han­dled by Lit­tlestown, 48- 7

The Hamburg Area Item - - Sports - By Jeff De­wees

HAM­BURG » Ham­burg knew the grad­u­a­tion losses of a pair of 1,000- yard run­ning backs might sig­nal a rough go on of­fense com­ing into the 2017 sea­son.

The Hawks could not have imag­ined how rough a start it has turned out to be.

Fri­day night at Hawk Hill, Lit­tlestown scored five firsthalf touch­downs and held the host Hawks off the score­board un­til late in the con­test to regis­ter a 48- 7 win in Ham­burg’s home opener.

The Hawks ( 0- 3) have scored two touch­downs in three games.

A year ago, Jor­dan McAl­lis­ter and Lo­gan Wer­ley backed sig­nal caller Tan­ner Quigley and de­liv­ered a 6- 5 cam­paign to first- year head man Chuck Kutz.

All three are gone. Kutz and the Hawks are search­ing for the an­swers. Those, so far, have been tan­ta­liz­ingly elu­sive.

“We’re very young, we’re play­ing some fresh­man as well,” Kutz said. “It’s a learn­ing curve and we’re only go­ing to be as good as how quickly they learn

and get bet­ter.”

Late last week, Kutz tried fresh­man Ryan Mose­man un­der center in re­lief of orig­i­nal starter Dono­van Remp, who got banged up.

Mose­man started Fri­day’s home opener against Bolts; he was 5 of 12 for 10 yards and was sacked four times. Mose­man’s young arm was not in­ac­cu­rate — there were four re­ceiver drops in the first half. The run­ning game pro­duced just 106 net yards on 29 car­ries; Lo­gan Her­ber pro­vided 81 yards of that and 55 of those on one tote.

Bren­dan Hamil­ton scored Ham­burg’s lone touch­down, with 4: 55 left, a 10- yard scam­per that made it 48- 7.

“To try to get a lit­tle more pass- ori­ented,” was Kutz’s re­ply to start­ing Mose­man against Lit­tlestown. “I thought he did a nice job a week ago.”

The Thun­der­bolts blew the game open with a 27- point sec­ond quar­ter that bal­looned a 7- 0 edge to 34- 0. Quar­ter­back Jakob Lane scored a pair of touch­downs, on 1- and 28- yard dashes, while Corbin Brown book­ended those with touch­down runs of 50 and 12 yards.

Lit­tlestown ( 2- 0) planted the end zone of five of its first six pos­ses­sions and seven of nine over­all. Brown ran for 80 yards on six car­ries. Lane strug­gled with his arm ac­cu­racy at times — at one point Lit­tlestown’s ju­nior QB mis­fired on seven straight at­tempts, but it still did not af­fect th Bolts’ abil­ity to move the foot­ball.

Six- foot- 2, 245- pound se­nior quar­ter­back Devin Gul­lick­son re­lieved Lane. Gul­lick­son ripped of a 50- yard rum­ble down the left side­line on his sec­ond snap and di­rected the re­sult­ing scor­ing drive, which he fin­ished from the 1, to make it 41- 0 early in third quar­ter.

Lit­tlestown’s big­gest is­sue Fri­day was laun­dry — the Bolts were flagged nine times for 80 yards to the con­ster­na­tion of their long­time head coach.

“We had ‘ em out­manned a lit­tle bit,” vet­eran Lit­tlestown head coach Mike Lippy said. “But we had so many darned penal­ties, that had it been a dif­fer­ent game, we would have been in a hole.” Lit­tlestown 48, Ham­burg 7 Lit­tlestown — 7 27 14 0 — 48 Ham­burg — 0 0 0 7 — 7 First quar­ter LT- Dy­lan Mor­rey 2 run ( Alex Potts kick), 8: 30 Sec­ond quar­ter LT- Corbin Brown 50 run ( kick failed), 10: 05 LT- Jakob Lane 1 run ( Potts kick), 6: 26 LT- Lane 28 run ( Potts kick), 5: 24 LT- Brown 12 run ( Potts kick), : 09 Third quar­ter LT- Devin Gul­lick­son 1 run ( Potts kick), 9: 34 LT- Ja­son Pen­ton 8 run ( Pott kick), 1: 40 Fourth quar­ter H — Bren­dan Hamil­ton 10 run ( Alex Blatt kick), 4: 55

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ham­burg’s Ryan Mose­man ( 19) throws the ball while be­ing hit by Lit­tlestown’s Malachi Fodor ( 70) and Brock Bor­ror ( 86) dur­ing Ham­burg’s game against Lit­tlestown at Ham­burg on Septem­ber 8.

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ham­burg’s Ryan Mose­man ( 19) throws the ball to team­mate Bren­dan Hamil­ton ( 29) dur­ing Ham­burg’s game against Lit­tlestown at Ham­burg on Septem­ber 8.

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ham­burg’s Bren­dan Hamil­ton ( 29) keeps a hold on the ball while be­ing tack­led by Lit­tlestown’s Dy­lan Morey ( 34) dur­ing Ham­burg’s game against Lit­tlestown at Ham­burg on Septem­ber 8.

SARAH PIETROWSKI - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Ham­burg’s Justin Con­tr­eras ( 2) tries to take down Lit­tlestown’s Matt Pugh ( 32) dur­ing Ham­burg’s game against Lit­tlestown at Ham­burg on Septem­ber 8.

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