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Hawks' Mendes does it all; Senior QB shines as Hudson halts Auburn streak.

Byline: Tom Flanagan

HUDSON -- About the only thing more surprising than the final score of Thursday night's game was that Dan Mendes didn't win the 50-50 raffle drawing at halftime.

Mendes, a senior quarterback, did it all for Hudson High, as the Hawks pounded visiting Auburn, 33-0, at the Morgan Bowl.

Mendes rushed for more than 100 yards, scored three touchdowns, kicked a field goal and provided some solid hits from defensive back as the No. 10 Hawks jumped to a 23-0 halftime lead over the No. 5 Rockets.

Auburn, winners of five straight Super Bowls, had its 22-game winning streak snapped.

"I've been waiting for this game for a long time,'' said Mendes, who opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown on a keeper early in the first quarter. "I've been playing since I was a freshman, and Auburn has always had our number -- in the regular season, playoffs, Super Bowl.''

Hudson senior running back Dan Bothwell also rushed for more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown.

"We've got a pretty dangerous combination of running backs,'' said Hudson coach Dan McAnespie, whose team lost in the playoffs to the Rockets in each of the last two seasons. "I think the way we came out and hit was the key.''

Hudson was the aggressor throughout, and frustrated the Rockets' rushing attack. Auburn star running back Mark Wright, who ran for more than 170 yards in the Rockets' season-opening win over Chicopee Comp, was held in check, in part because of Hudson's hard-hitting defensive backfield, which included Mendes and Bothwell.

"We wanted to set the tone early, and make a statement right away,'' Mendes said. "Auburn is a really good team, and we knew that if we could come out and beat them, it would get the season going the way we want it to go.''

Mendes scored on a 1-yard plunge early in the second quarter, and Bothwell's conversion rush made it 15-0.

After an Auburn fumble, Bothwell capped a Hudson drive with a 4-yard run and the conversion rush that gave the Hawks a 23-0 lead.

Hudson effectively snatched away any chance the Rockets had of getting back into the game early in the second half.

After forcing Auburn to punt, Mendes made Hudson's first possession of the half count when he scrambled 79 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown, then added the PAT to make it 30-0.

Mendes closed the scoring with a fourth-quarter field goal for the Hawks, who open their Division 4 schedule at Groton-Dunstable next week.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Flanagan, Tom
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Sep 13, 2013
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