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Grand old league gets a facelift

September 05, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY - The current year of 2006 is the 40th anniversary of the Washington County Junior Football League.

One big change for this season is that both the A team and the B team for each of the league teams will play their own separate games instead of playing together in one game.

The games involving the A teams will be played in four six-minute quarters, while the games involving the B teams will be played in four five-minute quarters.

"I think that the new format will do three things," league president Don Davis said. "It will get the kids out of here at a decent hour on a school night. With the split, it gives the kids more than their share of playing time. Finally, it is going to bring the competitive level of the play up. We have added the kickoff and the kickoff return and those things are working well."

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Davis believes that the new format will be successful and he feels that the people will like it.

"The parents are happy," Davis added. "The referees and the high schools are pleased with what we are doing. The end zone clocks help keep the games in pace and helps the kids set the pace that they are going to have to keep once they move up to high school. All in all, it was a good day for everybody. It should be a good season. It was a definite improvement of the past. It can only get better and it will."

The league had two pairs of A team and B team games on Labor Day at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park.

The Hagerstown Packers and the Smithsburg Jets split two games.

The Packers pulled out a come-from-behind 18-14 victory during the A game in what was a see-saw battle.

Cornelius Prather scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown for the Packers on a 7-yard run to the right side with 5:37 remaining in the game. It was the second of two touchdowns for Prather, who had a 6-yard score earlier in the game.

Michael Johnson came through with a 68-yard touchdown run for the Packers.

Dylan Ianardo scored both touchdowns for the Jets on carries of 56 and four yards.

The Jets got an 18-13 comeback win during the B game.

The Jets took the lead for good with 4:02 to go in the third quarter when Zane Gardenhour scored on a 55-yard touchdown run to the right side. It was Gardenhour's third touchdown run of the game as he earlier scored on carries of 60 and 46 yards.

Brandon Whittaker got two touchdown runs for the Packers on carries of 78 and 65 yards.

The matchup between the Hagerstown Giants and the Clear Spring Chargers was a rematch of last November's league championship game that the Giants won 34-27 in overtime.

The Giants won big in both games on Monday.

Cory Ballard got a pair of touchdowns on runs of 45 and eight yards to lead the Giants to a 38-0 win in the A game.

Roland Renner scored two touchdowns on runs of 27 and 24 yards to spark the Giants' 20-0 win in the B game.

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