Leopards spot first victory

October 16, 2005|By ACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - Justin Thompson ran for 237 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown, as Smithsburg celebrated its Homecoming - and its first victory of the season - by beating South Hagerstown 14-6 Saturday afternoon in an MVAL Antietam game.

"I'm happy that the kids won the Homecoming," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "The kids played a good ballgame on both sides of the ball. I hope the boys see what the results are when they play a whole ballgame. I thought the key was that the line did a great job. Everybody on the line blocked real well. The fullback blocked well and so did the wideouts."

Smithsburg (1-5, 1-2) got on the scoreboard first when Andrew Bohan fired a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Mitchell on the first play of the second quarter to give the Leopards a 6-0 lead.

The Leopards extended the margin with just 1 minute, 5 seconds remaining in the quarter when Thompson broke loose down the left sideline for his long scoring run.


"The key today was that we just came together and played as a team," Thompson said. "We got pumped up. It took us five games. Now, we have to do it for the rest of the season. I just had everyone block for me and I got it done."

Ishmael Noriega charged through the middle for the two-point conversion to extend Smithsburg's lead to 14-0.

South (1-5, 1-2) reduced the deficit to 14-6 with 7:41 to go in the fourth quarter when Marcellus Sumlin threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Lucas Lichtenburg. Sumlin completed 9 of 18 passes for 109 yards.

The Rebels had a final chance with 47 seconds left in the game, but on fourth-and-20 at their own 45, Sumlin was sacked to end the threat.

"The defense played a really great ballgame," Orndorff said. "At the end, they bent but they didn't break."at the Rebels 14-6 for their first win of the season.

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