SPRING HILL — There may have been a new coach patrolling the sidelines for Hudson in Thursday night’s preseason classic at Springstead, but the results did not change much.
The Cobras were shut out 37-0 by Springstead after the Eagles scored three touchdowns in the first quarter on three turnovers.
“We are going to have to play better,” Hudson coach and Springstead alumnus Mark Kantor said. “It’s going to be a long road.”
After receiving the opening kickoff for a touchback, Hudson began its first drive with a lost fumble by tailback Noah Siegrist. Springstead punched the ball into the end zone on a 1-yard run by new feature running back Daniel Wright (nine carries, 66 yards, two touchdowns).
“I am running the ball 10 times better than I ever have before,” Wright said. “(Coach Bill Vonada) has taught me ball security and how to lean for that extra yard.”
Springstead quarterback Tyler Mahla showed his progression under center, masterfully leading the triple-option attack. He went 4-of-6 for 29 yards and one touchdown and ran for 72 yards on six carries.
The second Hudson drive saw sophomore Joey Caruso toss an interception on his first pass attempt, which led to another Eagles touchdown, a 2-yard pass from Mahla to Garrett Carroll. When the Cobras got the ball back, Caruso’s second attempt was picked off by linebacker Luke McLeod, who ran it back 40 yards for a third touchdown.
In a bright spot for Hudson, wide receiver and kick returner Jamie Hamby — who sustained a bruised spine in May’s spring game — made his return to the field. The senior returned four kickoffs for 86 yards and caught a team-high four passes for 25 yards.