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Smithsburg slams Blazers

October 03, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Leopards scored 10 touchdowns in the first half and recorded a 69-24 win over the Clear Spring Blazers on Saturday in an MVAL Antietam game.

"The kids played a good football game," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "It was one of those games where you want your kids to play good ball, but you don't want to run the score up. We had the second and the third team defenses in for over half of the ballgame. We started substituting everywhere at the beginning of the second quarter."

Smithsburg kicker Justin Nieves made nine of 10 PATs.

Clear Spring (0-5, 0-2) got the ball first, but on its second play from scrimmage, Smithsburg's Matt Feiser intercepted a pass at the Leopards 1-yard line and returned it to the 20.

Justin Thompson started the scoring on a 56-yard touchdown run down the left sideline just 1 minute, 1 second into the game for Smithsburg (5-0, 2-0). Just 3 1/2 minutes later, Thompson rushed to the left side again for a 12-yard touchdown run.

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Thompson rushed for 120 yards on only eight carries, while Feiser added 80 yards on seven carries.

"We played our game well and everyone did their jobs," Thompson said. "We got our running game going and that sparked us to 69 points. We have a big variety of weapons with running backs and wide receivers."

Clear Spring got on the scoreboard midway through the first quarter when junior defensive back Donnie Lapole returned an interception 10 yards for a touchdown.

The Leopards added three more touchdowns in the first quarter on a 39-yard pass from Daniels to Dustin Mitchell, a 7-yard run by Feiser and a 15-yard run by Daniels.

Smithsburg scored the first three touchdowns of the second quarter on an 8-yard run by Feiser, a 1-yard run by backup quarterback Andrew Bohan and a 9-yard run by Troy Bradner.

After that, Blazers' quarterback Tyler Braithwaite fired a 70-yard touchdown pass to Lapole.

The Leopards got the final two touchdowns of the second quarter on a 12-yard run by Bradner and a 32-yard run by Josh Talbert.

Clear Spring added two touchdowns in the third quarter when Derek Dyer returned the second-half kickoff 80 yards and Lapole caught a 25-yard pass from Braithwaite, who finished with 205 passing yards.

"Buddy Orndorff has established a quality program," Clear Spring coach John Wilson said. "Their kids are respectful, they hustle and they hit the weight room."

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