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Knights continue long road back

October 21, 2000|By JACK HILL III

Knights continue long road back



SMITHSBURG - Middletown football coach Tim Ambrose knew his Knights weren't as bad as they were during the first three weeks of the season on the way to an 0-3 record.

For the fourth straight week, they've proved him correct.

Middletown rushed for four touchdowns and held Smithsburg to just 55 total yards on offense on the way to a 29-0 victory to ruin the Leopards' Homecoming.

"We said in the locker room before the game that we are not the same team that we were during the first three games of the season," Ambrose said. "We are playing a lot of players just one way and that helps to keep a lot of fresh players in there. All of that depth helps to take a lot of pressure off and it keeps us from using too many players both ways."

After going one way - down - to start the year, everything's looking up for the Knights (4-3, 4-2 Monocacy Valley Athletic League).

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Senior D.J. Costello, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound fullback rushed for 129 yards on 16 carries for Middletown. Costello also scored on a pair of 5-yard touchdown runs.

"We come out playing hard and we don't take any teams lightly," Costello said.

"Every team is a hard team. The offensive line did a real good job today. They played really hard. Good things happen when the offensive line blocks well and the backs run good."

Senior running back Greg MacIntosh added two short touchdown runs for the Knights.

While he was happy to get on the board, he was even more impressed that his team's defense kept the Leopards (1-6, 0-6) off it.

"I think that our defense did well today, especially our defensive secondary," MacIntosh said.

"We were able to shut down their passing game and their running."

Harry Baker made 13 tackles, while Mike Dietrich and David Engelman added 10 tackles each for Smithsburg (1-6 overall, 0-6 MVAL).

"Middletown has got a good ballclub and they are playing like the Middletown of old," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "I think that we played a good first half, particularly on defense. We were able to run the ball a little bit more than we normally do. In the second half, they came out and physically wore us down with their size and their two big backs (Costello and MacIntosh)."

Middletown 29, Smithsburg 0

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M - Greg MacIntosh 3 run (Ryan Fritz pass from Jake Earp)

M - D.J. Costello 5 run (Jack O'Leary kick)

M - Costello 5 run (O'Leary kick)

M - MacIntosh 4 run (O'Leary kick)

MiddSmith

First downs247

Rushes-yards48-25636-46

Passes10-16-11-10-2

Passing yards1119

Total offense64-36746-55

Fumbles-lost3-12-0

Punts-ave.3-31.36-39.2

Penalties-yards9-923-30

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