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Knights edge Railroaders in football

October 06, 2000

Knights edge Railroaders in football



By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor


BRUNSWICK, Md. - All the things that were supposed to be on the line for this game weren't.

Playoff standings, league titles ... Middletown and Brunswick had those goals snatched away from them weeks ago.

So the Knights could probably be excused for celebrating their 10-9 win over the Railroaders Friday night as if they had just won a playoff game.

"We lost three games and we're just not used to that," said Middletown coach Tim Ambrose. "So when we win, and win like we did tonight, it's fun for them."

Middletown (2-3, 2-2) didn't win by much. In fact, they won the game by inches.

Jack O'Leary's 19-yard field goal from the left hash skimmed off the right upright and through with 4 minutes, 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Knights the 10-9 lead.

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"It felt like it was a good kick. I knew it was a big one," O'Leary said.

O'Leary tried a squib kick on the ensuing kickoff, but hit a Brunswick lineman at the 45-yard line. The Railroaders (0-5, 0-4) couldn't capitalize on the good field position and Middletown's Ryan Lewis picked off a Marcus Smith pass to seal the deal.

O'Leary set up Middletown's first score in the third quarter with a 15-yard punt return to the Brunswick 45. D.J. Costello, who gained 155 yards, carried five times to the 1 before Chris Anderson scored on a keeper.

On Brunswick's next play, Smith dropped the snap from center, picked up the ball and handed to Brandon Dykes, who went around left end and - after losing a shoe - outran the defense for a 74-yard touchdown.

But Middletown blocked the PAT.

"In a one-point game, you can cite any number of plays," said Brunswick coach Mark Mitchell. "Every chance is crucial in those types of games."

Chris Owens kicked a 23-yard field goal as time ran out in the third quarter to give Brunswick a 9-7 lead.

Middletown 10, Brunswick 9


Middletown0073-10

Brunswick0090-9

M - Chris Anderson 1 run (Jack O'Leary kick)

B - Brandon Dykes 74 run (kick blocked)

B - Chris Owens 23 FG

M - O'Leary 19 FG

MiddBruns

First downs156

Rushes-yards44-23035-167

Passing yards10324

Comp-Att-Int9-18-13-12-2

Total offense62-33347-191

Punts-Avg.4-29.86-30.7

Fumbles-lost3-32-0

Penalties-yards7-805-35

Records: Middletown 2-3, 2-2; Brunswick 0-5, 0-4.

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