This Friday is the annual Hagerstown Gridiron Championship featuring the Hubs of North Hagerstown (3-5) and Rebels of South Hagerstown (2-6). Although both teams have subpar records, a great crowd and competitive game is expected.
South is led by junior quarterback Lance Ford who has done it all for the Rebels. Ford has passed for 704 yards with seven touchdowns while also rushing for 371 yards and a county-best eight touchdowns. Wide receiver Teriq Morris is Ford’s favorite target, catching 24 passes for 408 yards and four TDs. Senior Sean Eisenhowser leads the Rebel defense with 105 tackles.
The Hub offense is led by junior quarterback Luke Kercheval and senior running back Zach Moore. Kercheval leads the county in completions (79) and passing yards (1072), while Moore has 544 rushing yards and tied for the county lead with eight rushing touchdowns. Louie Lee is North’s leading tackler with 85.
The Rebels lead the all-time series with 33 wins, winning last season’s match-up at Callas Stadium, 28-7. North has recorded 31 wins in the series with their last win coming in 2020, a 21-20 overtime victory at School Stadium.
This rivalry has been dominated by South Hagerstown over the last ten years with the Rebels winning eight of the last ten games with an average victory margin of 27-6. For only the second time during this 10-year stretch North will enter the game with a better record than South.
Who will hoist the trophy this season? The answer will be determined on the field Friday by a few players who will add their names to the history of Hagerstown’s biggest football game. In this rivalry those impact players have ranged from superstars to unsung heroes. Whoever steps up and leads their team to victory will be added to the history books with other Hagerstown Football legends.
So if you’re free Friday evening head out to South’s School Stadium at 6:00 PM and catch one of the area’s best high school rivalry football games.