LOWELL | Alex Metz and Ian Drobac rained on Lowell's homecoming celebration.
The senior running backs combined for 95 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the first quarter to lead Hobart to a 20-10 win over the Red Devils on Friday night at The Inferno.
"That's something we've been pushing for because we've had some rough starts this season," Hobart coach Ryan Turley said. "But we took control tonight."
Metz took control from the start, running for 67 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Drobac bulldozed his way into the end zone to make it 7-0 at the 10:55 mark.
"I was able to cut and find an opening," Metz said of his big play. "It was great because it got the team fired up."
Metz rushed for 80 yards in the first quarter and added 28 yards in the second quarter to amass 108 yards rushing in the first half as Hobart dominated the ball, taking a 17-3 into the half.
"We established both sides of the ball in the first half," Turley said. "And we established the line of scrimmage in the first half. I'm happy with that."
Metz finished with 144 yards on 18 carries, while Drobac added 44 yards and two TDs on 11 carries "Ian and I have good chemistry," Metz said.
The Brickies (4-2, 3-1) rushed for 177 yards in the first half of the Northwest Crossroads Conference match-up, in which seven of the last eight games between the rivals has been decided by a touchdown or less.
"They whipped us up front," Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said. "They won the line of scrimmage. We're two teams that pound the ball. And the team that controls the line is going to win the game."
George Fields kept the Red Devils (3-3, 1-2) in the game with 54 yards rushing on 14 carries in the first half and finished with 111 yards on 32 carries.
"He's a great back and we keyed on him," Turley said. "We needed to know where he was."
Fields broke free for an 18-yard run late in the fourth quarter, and took the subsequent hand off for a 9-yard run, before running it in from 2 yards out to make it 17-10 with 4:15 left in the game.
"We knew Lowell wasn't going to quit," Turley said."
After a 37-28 win over Andrean last week and a convincing win this week, Hobart has established itself as a team that won't roll over.
"We finally got two wins in a row," Turley said. "We've been trying to string that together. You have to to go deep into the playoffs."