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Wildcats flipped by Leopards

October 29, 2005|By CURT HORNBECKER

SMITHSBURG - If one Thompson doesn't get you, the other one will.

That's probably what Williamsport's football team is thinking, anyway.

Geared to stop Justin Thompson - the senior who rushed for more than 200 yards in each of his last two games - the Wildcats were burned by Matt Thompson in a disappointing 20-13 loss to county rival Smithsburg in an MVAL Antietam game Friday night.

In the final minutes of the fourth period, Williamsport seemed poised to score the potential game-winning touchdown when Matt Thompson stepped in front of the Williamsport receiver for an interception at the 5-yard line and returned it to the 21 to secure the win.

"He's a smart ball player," said Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff. "(He's) very ball-smart. It helps to have a kid like that playing center field."

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Thompson also came up big in the first two Smithsburg scores, with a 43-yard run on the second play from scrimmage to set up Andrew Bohan's 5-yard TD run for a 7-0 Leopards lead. Minutes later, Thompson hauled in a Bohan pass and outran the Wildcats safety for a 75-yard score.

"I thought their safety was going to step up," said Thompson. "But when I found out I was already past the safety, I just kept running."

Williamsport (3-5, 1-4) came right back, using its power-running game to march 63 yards in seven plays with Kyle Cunningham gaining the final 5 yards to slice the lead to 14-7.

Bohan passes of 17 and 21 yards, both to Dustin Mitchell, midway through the second period sparked the final TD for the Leopards (2-6, 2-3), with Justin Thompson scoring from the 1 to push the Smithsburg lead to 20-7.

Williamsport battled back, driving 52 yards on 10 plays, capped by Cunningham diving in from the 1, to close the gap to 20-13.

"This team is a bunch of warriors," said Wildcats coach Adrian Custer. "We got down twice, but never gave up. Our playmakers just have to make plays."

Williamsport had an opportunity to take the lead late. The Wildcats faced a second-and-10 from the Leopards 14 when Matt Thompson picked off the Justin Bussard pass to ice the win.

Unlike the last two weeks, Justin Thompson was held to just 84 yards on 21 carries. He had a 74-yard TD run nullified by a penalty late in the game.

Williamsport's defense thwarted the Leopards offense through much of the second half, limiting Smithsburg to 23 rushing yards and 35 yards of offense.

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