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South ends 19-game losing streak

September 15, 2000

South ends 19-game losing streak



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor


One week was more than enough.

That's the length of time the South Hagerstown football team owned the longest losing streak in Maryland - and they were more than happy to pass along ownership.

"It's nice to pass it along to some other school," said South coach Greg Kellick after the Rebels' 21-0 win over Smithsburg at School Stadium on Friday. "And do it with my blessing."

It was South's first win since Sept. 11, 1998, when it beat Smithsburg 32-12 - one week before the beginning of a 19-game losing skid.

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"The biggest thing is that it ended here," said senior Mike Jeter, who also played on the 1998 team. "We worked really hard this week to get this one. But we're not stopping here."

The Rebels (1-1, 1-0) should have plenty of momentum to go on. They dominated Smithsburg (1-1, 0-1) on both sides of the ball, controlling the line of scrimmage from start to finish.

South racked up 298 yards on the ground, led by the tailback duo of David Line and Tony Marker, who combined for 230 yards.

"They both want to be the starting tailback, and they're both upset when they're not in there," Kellick said. "I told them both they're going to get plenty of time. That's quite a one-two punch."

The Rebel defense stuffed nearly everything the Leopards tried, holding them to 53 yards total offense and forcing five Smithsburg turnovers.

"They controlled everything up front, offense and defense," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "When that happens ... game over. They ran at will all night."

Line and Marker carried the load for the Rebels on their first scoring drive, which came after the defense blocked a Smithsburg field goal.

Line broke runs of 11, 18 and 23 yards to get the ball into Leopards territory and a 19-yard sweep by Marker moved the ball inside the 10. Four plays later, Domonique Richmond scored on a 2-yard bootleg.

Shannon Suttle recovered a fumble in the third quarter and Line converted it into another South score. Line carried four times for 40 yards, including a 23-yard run around left end for the touchdown.

Richmond hit Jeter with a 20-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.

"The nice thing about this win is that when you win sloppy, you still have things to work on," Kellick said.

"When you play a good game and win, you can build on it. We'll build on this big time."

South 21, Smithsburg 0


Smithsburg0000-0

S. Hagerstown7077-21

SH - Domonique Richmond 2 run (Brian Haupt kick)

SH -David Line 23 run (Haupt kick)

SH - Mike Jeter 20 pass from Richmond (Haupt kick)

SmithSH

First downs219

Rushes-yards23-5158-298

Passing yards243

Comp-Att-Int1-9-33-10-1

Total offense32-5368-341

Punts-Avg.4-35.23-25.3

Fumbles-lost2-22-0

Penalties-yards1-104-40

Records: Smithsburg 1-1, 0-1; South Hagerstown 1-1, 1-0.

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