Hudson coach Dan McAnespie has always preached the importance of special teams, and the time and effort the Hawks have dedicated to special teams paid off last night. Hudson got a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown and blocked a field goal to earn a hard-fought, 14-7, win over Gardner in a physical battle between two young, inexperienced teams at the Morgan Bowl last night. Danny Brisbois’ punt return for a score came just seconds into the second quarter, while Darnell Butler’s field goal block helped spark Hudson’s lone scoring drive. James Adams had Hudson’s other touchdown, grabbing a 1-yard scoring pass from Dan Mendes. “We tell the team the game is 40 percent offense, 40 percent defense, and 20 percent special teams,” McAnespie said. “If we can win special teams, then we only need to win one other aspect of the game to win a game. (Last night), we did a great job on special teams and won the battle on defense. It wasn’t pretty and we had some miscues, but we fought hard and earned a win.” The Hawks were tough on defense, allowing the Wildcats just 154 total yards. Junior linebacker Dan Bothwell had a monster game, creating havoc in the Gardner backfield, while Victor Zabalu, Gavin Lewis, and Dave Rogers also had strong games for the Hawks.
Hudson 14, Gardner 7
Friday, Sep. 7, 2012, at Hudson
|Gardner||TD||Peter Gallant 3-yard run (Peter Gallant kick)|
|Hudson||TD||Bobby Brisbois 50-yard punt return (Dan Mendes kick)|
|Hudson||TD||James Adams 1-yard pass from Dan Mendes (Dan Mendes kick)|
Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 6:21 p.m.