Football: Century 'handled business' in rout of North Hagerstown

Century's J.T. Schneider chats with us post-game.

Brandon Will found himself in the right place at the right time.

Will, a Century linebacker, picked off a North Hagerstown pass and returned it for 27 yards to the Hubs’ 5-yard line early in the first quarter. On the Knights’ next drive, senior running back JT Schneider punched in the Knights’ first score of the game.


Schneider and the Knights rolled from there and never looked back as they improved to 2-1 with a 45-13 victory Saturday over the Hubs at Western Regional Park.

Schneider compiled 16 carries for 99 yards on the ground (unofficial) and scored three touchdowns for the Knights.

“Our line was on fire and they were opening up big holes for us, for me and the other running backs,” Schneider said. “Our fullbacks were just kicking out and just going right up the holes and making it easy for us. Our receivers, when we got to the second level, they were just blocking good so I give all the credit to them.”

Century led 24-0 — thanks to a 37-yard field goal from Kevin Hackett and two more scoring runs from Schneider — before the Hubs got on the board with 8:31 still to play in the first half. Quarterback Jaynaz Melendez found Elijah Keyes for a 2-yard score and Will Canas-Lopez kicked the extra point for the Hubs (2-1).

Landon Bruce gained 37 yards on a run when the Knights regained possession and five drives later, quarterback Brett Kropinski carried the ball five yards to put the Knights up 31-7 with 5:02 remaining in the half.

The Knights put up a big defensive stop on the Hubs’ offense and Aaron Wolcott sacked Melendez for a significant loss of 11 yards. The Knights continued their momentum, enough for Bruce to find the end zone to help bolster the Knights’ lead at the half.

Century scored on five straight possessions and Kropinski’s second scoring run with 5:12 remaining in the the third quarter capped the spree.

Century coach Todd Edmondson said his players’ focus has been pivotal to the season’s early success, and he credited Century’s captains — Schneider, Stanton, Charlie Hackett, and Aaron Wolcott — for being good leaders.

“The best part about it is you can see them leading through the whole program, so it’s nice,” the coach said. “We handled business today but we have to get better.”

The Hubs found the end zone with seconds on the clock when Melendez ran in from the 1-yard line. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Hubs and they host Walkersville next week.

Hackett was 6-for-6 on extra points to go with his field goal. Edmondson said he was pleased with his team’s effort in staying true to their game plan.

The Knights open Carroll County Athletic League play at Francis Scott Key next week.

“We’re starting to practice like we play,” Edmondson said. “We’re starting to click on both offense…I enjoyed the special teams, but we converted on special team’s errors and when we get the ball inside the 20, it’s nice that we’re able to get seven, and even three now.

“We’re putting points on the scoreboard which is good.”


North Hagerstown 0 7 0 6 — 13

Century 17 21 7 0 — 45


C-JT Schneider 5 run (Kevin Hackett kick)

C-Hackett 37 field goal

C-Schneider 11 run (Hackett kick)

C-Schneider 6 run (Hackett kick)

NH-Elijah Keys 2 pass from Jaynaz Melendez (Will Canas-Lopez kick)

C-Brett Kropinski 5 run (Hackett kick)

C-Landon Bruce 1 run (Hackett kick)

C-Kropinski 2 run (Hackett kick)

NH-Melendez 1 run (Canas-Lopez kick)