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Lemons caps career in sweet finale

The Hudson running back rushes for four touchdowns and throws for another in a 35-14 victory over Mitchell.


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published November 3, 2001

HUDSON -- Hudson running back Dale Lemons closed out his high school career in style Friday.

Lemons had a hand in all five of Hudson's touchdowns in a 35-14 win over Mitchell.

Lemons rushed for 178 yards and four scores and tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Robert Petrucci.

"I just wanted to go out with a bang, you know?" Lemons said.

"Nothing better than this."

Hudson (4-6) stumbled in the first half, allowing Mitchell to take the early lead. The Cobras fumbled three times and Mitchell converted the mistakes into 14 points.

Mitchell quarterback Sean Gillen connected with receiver D.J. Satinoff on both touchdowns.

Gillen hit Satinoff for a 29-yard score in the first quarter and the two combined for a 33-yard score in the second quarter.

Lemons kept Hudson in the game, rushing for 125 yards and two scores in the first half.

Lemons had a 3-yard run in the first quarter and then added a 43-yard touchdown run to tie the score at 14 before halftime.

Mitchell (1-9) quickly lost control of the game in the second half.

Gillen fumbled after a sack on the third play of the third quarter. Hudson recovered at the Mitchell 7-yard line and quickly took a 21-14 lead on a 2-yard run by Lemons.

Mitchell gave Hudson the ball on its side of the field after a three-and-out.

Lemons gained 40 of Hudson's 46 yards on the ensuing drive, capping the march with a 13-yard touchdown run.

Hudson's Josh Bunting intercepted Gillen on the next drive, setting the Cobras up at the Mitchell 36-yard line.

Lemons capped a 28-0 surge with a halfback option pass on a third-and-goal at the Mitchell 25-yard line.

"Momentum's a big thing," said Mitchell coach Scott Schmitz.

"When they got it, we just couldn't get it back."

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