Hubbard blanks Dragons for sixth in a row
HUBBARD — On a night when Hubbard High School crowned a new Homecoming king and queen, the Hubbard football team showed Niles who truly owned the crown. Hubbard conquered Niles, 37-0, Friday night on its home turf.
“Defensively, we played a really sound game,” Hubbard coach Brian Hoffman said. “A lot of different individuals were playing well for us.”
According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, a 30-point deficit results in a running clock. It was only a week ago that Niles (1-5) forced this rule into effect when it was putting a hurting on Lakeview. Last night, Niles found itself on the wrong end of the running clock.
“Obviously they are a good football team,” Niles coach Jim Parry said. “They are physical up front. There was not much room for error, and we knew that coming in. A couple of times we blew our assignments, and a team like this is going to capitalize.”
Hubbard (6-0, 3-0 All-American Conference White Tier) rolled over Niles in the first half and took a 23-0 lead into the locker room. The Eagles senior quarterback Davion Daniels used the second play of the game to gallop for an 85-yard touchdown run when he blew through the middle of the Niles defense. Daniels dusted Niles for 164 yards on the ground in the first half.
“My offense opened up big holes for me to get in space and let me take off,” Daniels said. “When I faked the ball, they would chase the running back and I took off.”
As good as Hubbard’s offense played to begin the contest — it finished with 295 total yards in the first half — the defense was just as dominant. The Red Dragons offense was limited to only 37 total yards in the first two quarters.
“There were two things,” Parry said. “We couldn’t throw the ball because they were bringing a lot of pressure. We couldn’t get the edge at all, and we were forced to go off tackle.”
That momentum carried into the second half. Hubbard continued to control the contest on the ground, finising with 368 yards rushing on the night. Daniels and company were too much for Niles to overcome.
“Offensively, the running game begins up front with our offensive line,” Hoffman said. “Our running game was pretty good tonight. Kudos to our offensive line for making some holes for us.”