Football runs wild on RedHawks

By Danny Albers

If football was going to beat Miami (Ohio) (1-7, 1-3 MAC) and its high-flying offense it needed to have a more consistent offensive attack than the one it displayed the last three weeks.

That is exactly what the Huskies (5-2, 2-1 MAC) did, dominating on the ground and rushing for 433 yards as a team. Their 433 rushing yards trumped the 414 yards on the ground they totaled over their past three games combined. The Huskies had six rushing touchdowns from five players, racing to a 51-point total.

The Huskies established the run game right out of the gate, as all of the plays on their opening drive were running plays.

“You usually script your first few,” said head coach Rod Carey. “Then you get in a few situations that dictate you might want to run, so it just kind of worked out that way.”

The Huskies got back to their bread and butter of running the ball. They carried the ball 55 times compared to their 22 pass attempts.

“It’s part of our offense; it’s what we do,” Carey said. “Tonight I felt like Drew [Hare] and [Anthony] Maddie ran the ball effectively, and that helps open up the other guys running and the throwing game.”

Starting quarterback Drew Hare and backup quarterback Anthony Maddie had rushing touchdowns. Hare was the Huskies’ leading rusher, running for 180 yards and two touchdowns; it was his first career 100-yard rushing game. Maddie rushed for 49 yards on the ground, finding the end zone once in his two series of action.

“Every player was trying to execute their play,” Hare said. “I thought we moved the ball well early, the [offensive] line did a great job, the receivers outside blocking and catching the ball, everybody was just doing their job.”

Three tailbacks had rushing touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Jordan Huff and sophomore Aregeros Turner only had one carry each. Huff and Turner were able to find the end zone in separate goal line plays. Most of the carries went to redshirt senior Cameron Stingily, who rushed for 133 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries.

“I tried to run with attitude,” Stingily said. “I felt like that was what I have been missing is attitude. The offensive line was out there executing around the perimeter, and we just came out there to play today.”