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Railroaders prevail in Zwilsky-Thompson runfest

October 22, 2005|By CURT HORNBECKER

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Perhaps the only two things more offensive than the weather Friday night were the Smithsburg and Brunswick football teams.

Combining for an astounding 872 yards of total offense - 831 on the ground - the MVAL Antietam foes had no answers for Eric Zwilsky and Justin Thompson.

But a quick start - and three unanswered TDs by the Railroaders midway through the game - put the Leopards in a hole from which they couldn't escape, as Brunswick remained undefeated in Antietam play with a 47-27 win.

At 195 pounds, Zwilsky proved virtually unstoppable, amassing 271 yards rushing on 21 carries, including six plays of 15 yards or more.

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"We can't put two plays or three plays together defensively," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "We just can't be consistent, and that's so frustrating. At some point in time our defense and offense are going to show up at the time, and we'll have a heck of a ballgame."

But the Railroaders (5-2, 4-0) didn't have much more success stopping the more diminutive Thompson, who finished with 238 yards on 37 carries, including touchdown runs of 35 and 39 yards.

"(Thompson) has been averaging 150, 170 yards per game," said Brunswick coach Kevin Lynott. "We had to respect him, and the kid still had a great game against us."

The Railroaders broke on top early, rolling 73 yards in just four plays, with Zwilsky accounting for the final 20 yards.

Four plays later, Marcus Henderson picked off an Andrew Bohan pass and returned it 34 yards for a quick 13-0 lead.

On five successive Thompson rushes, Smithsburg (1-6, 1-4) closed the gap to 13-7, but Brunswick needed less than two minutes to take a 19-7 lead after Chris Papanicolas pounced on a fumble in the end zone at the end of the first period.

Thompson runs of 2, 13, 10 and 35 yards closed the gap to 19-14 early in the second quarter before Brunswick quarterback Aaron Main snuck in from the 1 less than 90 seconds later on a 65-yard march aided by 20 yards of penalties against the Leopards.

When the ensuing Smithsburg drive bogged down at the Railroaders 29, Brunswick took full advantage, scoring on just four plays with Andrew Derr racing in from 52 yards out for a 33-14 halftime lead.

Thompson ran nine more times in an 11-play drive that stalled on the Brunswick 4, but the Railroaders managed to cover the 96 yards on just eight plays, with Zwilsky covering the final 59 yards.

Joey Cacialo took the ensuing kickoff 79 yards for a TD, but it was too little, too late for the Leopards.

A 3-yard dive by Derr and Chad Brown's 5-yard run for Smithsburg in the fourth period rounded out the scoring.

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