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HUBBARD, OH- In what has become rivalry week for the Northeast 8 Conference, Hubbard and South Range locked horns again, and while the Eagles’ stout defense slowed down the high-octane offense, it could not stop the Raiders from earning another NE8 Crown with a 28-0 final tally to finish out another 10-0 season.

The Raiders spread out their scoring efforts like a slot machine putting up 7’s in each of the four frames on a perfect fall evening in Hubbard.

Billy Skripac got the Range on the board just over two minutes in the first when the senior QB sprung into the endzone from four yards out making it 7-0.

The next score game was just before the half when Skripac connected with Shane Lindstrom from 44 yards out to double up the score at 14-0.

With 3:36 to go in the third quarter, Skripac would use his legs from a yard out to plunge into the endzone for his second rushing touchdown of the night and post up a 21-0 score over the Eagles.  South Range would wrap up the scoring and the conference in the fourth when the “E-Train” Blake Ewert followed his line into paydirt for a 1-yard score and to put the game away 28-0.

South Range’s offense was held relatively in check considering the video game numbers they’ve had the rest of the season, finishing with 319 total yards on 38 total plays.  Skripac would finish the night as the top performer with 8 of 12 completions for 175 yards through the air along with a score, 49 rushing yards, and two trips to the Touchdown Cafe.

Blake Ewert would be a perfect compliment to the rushing attack with 13 carries and 40 yards, while Lindstrom got loose again on one carry for 46 yards to go along with his 72 yards on 3 receptions.

Defensively, Nick Plunkett led the defense with an astounding 7 tackles, JD Crouse had four and a half tackles including a sack and a tackle for loss.  Bailey Ryan also had 4.5 tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

For Hubbard, Nik Hendrix went 13 for 23 through the air for 42 yards, while Garland Warren led the way on the ground with 31 yards, Ben Wilcox had 30 yards added to the 63 total yards of rushing on the night.

Mason Hodge led the Eagle defense with 6.5 tackles, while Ben Wilcox gave the Raider backfield fits throughout the night with 4.5 tackles including 1.5 TFLs.

Both teams anxiously await their playoff opponent, South Range (10-0) finishes at the top of their region in Division 5, while Hubbard(6-4) appears to hold the 14 seed, and perhaps will setup a second meeting with Girard in Week 11.

YSN will have both playoff games available along with many others with the Playoff Power Pass on October 28th.


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