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Smithsburg gets past Boonsboro

November 11, 2002|by JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - For Dustin Sier and his senior teammates, it was all about finishing up at Smithsburg with fond memories.

There was one way to do it. A way the senior classes had missed out on for nearly the last decade - by beating arch-rival Boonsboro.

The Leopards became the first Smithsburg team in eight years to finish on a winning note with a thrilling 14-13 overtime victory over the Warriors on Friday in the season finale for both teams.

Sier rushed for 173 yards, including two touchdowns, on 27 carries to lead Smithsburg to its first win over Boonsboro since its 29-22 win in the Maryland Class 1A state championship game on Dec. 3, 1994.

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"It was probably the best ballgame that I have ever played in," Sier said. "I have loved playing here at Smithsburg right from the beginning. I couldn't dream playing anywhere else. I'm going to miss playing football here. It is the greatest experience that I have ever had."

With the game tied at 7-7 at the end of regulation, Smithsburg (3-7, 2-7) got first crack with the ball at Boonsboro's 10 in the overtime period.

Sier got the Leopards the board quickly starting with a 2-yard run on first down before capping the drive with a dash along the right sideline for an 8-yard score. Brandon Fisher kicked the extra point to give Smithsburg a 14-7 lead.

Boonsboro (5-5, 5-4) then got its chance.

On the first play, senior Nathan Himes burst for a 10-yard touchdown run to get the Warriors within one point.

Boonsboro chose to go the two-point conversion and the win, but Himes was tripped up short of the goal line to seal Smithsburg's victory.

It was the play the Leopards needed to get that final sendoff for the seniors while Sier made his mark on Smithsburg's records.

Sier finished the season with 1,079 yards rushing for 3,579 rushing yards for his three-year career.

Sier finishes third on Smithsburg's all-time rushing list, behind Andy Reid and Colby Bachtell.

It became the fitting end for Smithsburg seniors.

"All of our seniors have done a great job of leading the team this year," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "I can't be prouder of a group of kids. They have never given up all year long."

Senior defensive back Jeff Mills helped the Leopards stay in the game by turning over two turnovers.

"Smithsburg played with a lot of courage and determination," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We found a way to hang in there and get it into overtime. They were just one play better. They defended on that final play very well."

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