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Knights, Keeney roll over Leopards

October 21, 2002|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Leopards found out how good 6-foot, 210-pound senior tailback Josh Keeney is Saturday afternoon.

Keeney rushed for five touchdowns and 293 yards on 23 carries to lead No. 2 Middletown to its fifth straight win, beating the Leopards 43-3 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League football game.

Keeney now leads the Tri-State area with 23 touchdown runs and 1,289 rushing yards.

"I can't thank the line enough," Keeney said. "The line did a great job of blocking today. They opened up holes all day. I was able to penetrate through them. I had a great game today. We just have to keep up the tempo and come out ready against Boonsboro next week."

Middletown (6-1, 5-1) rushed 39 times for 430 yards and pulled into a first-place tie with South Hagerstown, which was beaten by Catoctin on Friday night.

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"Brian Cosgray, Bryan DeMoss, Ryan Cutsail, Jason Doherty, Troy Birkenbuel and tight end David Haertel all did a great job of blocking for Keeney," Middletown coach Tim Ambrose said. "They gave him a lot of room and they made some key blocks. You get great results when you have a good running back and a good offensive line."

Keeney got Middletown on the scoreboard with 7:08 remaining in the first quarter on a 7-yard touchdown run. Will Gawler kicked the first of his five extra point kicks.

Dan McCallion scored on a 14-yard touchdown run and John Boyle had a two-point conversion run for the Knights with 10:34 to go in the second quarter. Keeney added a 1-yard touchdown run for Middletown with 3:46 to go in the period to boost the lead to 22-0.

Brandon Fisher kicked a 32-yard field goal with 1:02 left in the first half to help Smithsburg (2-5, 1-5) reduce the deficit to 22-3.

Keeney scored on touchdown runs of 27, 11 and 14 yards in the third quarter to help the Knights jack up their lead to the final margin of 43-3.

"In spite of all of the adversity that our team has faced this year, we haven't given up," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "Middletown is a tremendously strong, big team. It's like the big fish beating up on the little fish. Keeney is bigger than any of our linemen."

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