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Thompson runs over 'Roaders

October 16, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Justin Thompson rushed for 277 yards and five touchdowns as Smithsburg was tested Friday night but remained undefeated, picking up a road win over Brunswick, 49-33 in the MVAL Antietam.

Running behind a line that included two players brought up from the JV team as replacements for injured starters, Thompson broke off scoring runs of 34, 57, 19, 62 and 48 yards.

"The offensive line did a great job," Thompson said after the game. "Everyone on the team contributed to this win."

Smithsburg (7-0, 4-0) trailed through much of the first half, but scored a tochdown and field goal in the final minute to take a 23-17 halftime lead.

Trailing 17-14, Josh Daniels completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Chris Brown on fourth down to give the Leopards the lead for good.

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A Matt Thompson interception on the next Brunswick possession set up a 26-yard field goal by Justin Nieves to give the Leopards the six-point halftime cushion.

Smithsburg broke the game open in the third quarter. Thompson - after two long scoring runs in the first quarter - hit paydirt for the third time three minutes after the break, this time from 19 yards out.

After Brunswick fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Daniels extended the lead to 36-17 on a 2-yard keeper.

Justin Thompson ended the next Railroaders drive with an interception, then added to the lead two plays later with a 62-yard scamper off left tackle.

"He runs real hard," Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff said of his tailback. "He's only 160 pounds but he slashes and makes it hard for defenders to get a straight shot on him."

Brunswick responded when Eric Zwilsky scored on an 18-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Zwilsky rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries.

The Railroaders cut the lead to 43-33 when Aaron Main threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Papanicolas with 3:49 remaining to conclude a 15-play, 96-yard drive.

Thompson dashed any hope of a Brunswick comeback, however, as he broke three tackles and raced 48 yards for a score on the first play of the next possession.

"This was the first time we've truly been tested in the last few weeks," Orndorff said. "Brunswick never gave up but neither did we."

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