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Leopards run into trouble

September 10, 2005|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG

On the second play of the game, Archbishop Spalding's Brian Rutland broke no less than five attempted tackles by Smithsburg defenders.

The key word there - attempted.

The visiting Cavaliers dodged one attempted tackle after another and bulldozed their way to a 50-6 win over the Leopards on Friday night.

"It was like flag football and we couldn't even find the flags to tackle," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "We weren't pretty tonight."

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Spalding (2-0), running a double-wing offense with quick pitchouts that left the Leopards befuddled, needed only 33 attempts to roll up 438 yards on the ground, while Smithsburg managed only 90 rushing yards and 175 total yards.

"I hope we can establish a running game sometime before I die," said Orndorff.

It was the worst loss for a Smithsburg unit since the final game of the 1997 season, when the Leopards lost 53-6 to Boonsboro as Orndorff closed out the season as head coach after taking over for Carroll Reid.

On the scoreboard, Smithsburg was very much in the game in the first period, trailing 8-6 with 3:16 on the clock.

Spalding scored on its first possession, going 69 yards on seven plays and closed by Rutland's score from 2 yards out, followed by a successful two-point conversion.

Smithsburg's ensuing drive stalled at the Cavaliers 34-yard line, but a punt went off the hands of Spalding's Justin Hughes and Matt Thompson pounced on the loose ball at the 2 to give the Leopards life.

Quarterback Andrew Bohan needed one play to squirt into the end zone, but the extra-point kick failed.

From that point on, it was all Spalding as the Cavaliers waltzed to a four-touchdown second period.

Matt Cassilly struck from 12 yards, Rutland tallied from 10 yards on a drive set up by Rutland's 27-yard run, Mike Whittles scooped up a fumble and ran 54 yards for a score, and Bryce Reem bolted 15 yards for a TD near the end of the half.

Hatley, who rushed for 163 yards on eight tries, scored on a 57-yard run with 5:40 left in the third period, before the Cavaliers followed up on an interception with a 56-yard run by Jake Trantin on the final play of the quarter.

In his debut as quarterback, Bohan suffered through a four-interception night and went 6-for-16 for 85 yards. Matt Thompson had four receptions and Chris Brown had two for 80 yards, including a nifty 55-yard hookup with Bohan in the second quarter.

"(Bohan) threw some nice passes ... that's about all we had going," said Orndorff. "We were coming off a good scrimmage. It showed (Spalding) had already played."

Justin Thompson led Smithsburg on the ground with 44 yards on nine carries.

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