Playoff Title Eludes Eagles

Playoff Title Eludes Eagles

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Friday night was a final for our Hubbard Eagles, grounded by SVSM’s and OSU’s recruit Parris Campbell “who ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns to defeat the Eagles in a 40-7 win. Campbell’s three scores were on runs of at least 36 yards,” states news.  The win gives the Fighting Irish the Division III, Region 7 title.

 It was Bencetic, LJ Scott, and Wassil who made Hubbard’s solo touchdown a memorable one.  Scott, on the handoff, sent it to Bencetic, who in turn threw it to Wassil for a 25 yard score.  This loss was the first of the season for the 12-1 Eagles.

 Hubbard’s playoff appearances have been significant:  (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999) Twelve in all. But meeting SVSM in the last two, and losing both had left the team with a strong taste for revenge in 2013.  “Even the Irish head coach recognized a different Eagles this year: ‘I told my team you take last year and you throw it out the window,’ said Boarman, who is in his seventh season at the Akron school. ‘This is a different Hubbard football team. They’re much more physical, bigger, stronger — definitely faster — we have our hands full this week,’” writes Kevin Connelly of the in his summary of tonight’s playoff.

 But the cards weren’t meant to fall for the Eagles tonight, in spite of the Eagles’ high-flying rushing attack trio of L.J. Scott, George Hill and Darnell Tate, who had rushed for more than 100 yards as Hubbard beat Aurora last week.

 No matter how you look at it, Hubbard schools and community are all phenomenally proud of the job their fighting Eagles did in 2013.  We know this will be a year that will live in the memory of each graduating senior player for a long, long time.  May they revisit that memory fondly, and know that we applaud all of their and their team mates’ efforts. Thanks again, boys, for a fantastic season!