Falcons can't keep pace with Leopards

September 16, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg football team used a 20-point first quarter to get its offense going, and the Leopards never looked back, defeating the Poolesville Falcons 33-19 on Friday night.

No. 7 Smithsburg (2-0) finished with 240 rushing yards and 21 first downs.

"The offensive line and the fullback did a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "The backs did a great job of finding the holes and running north and south. This also enabled both of our quarterbacks to throw the ball. Both tailbacks ran the ball well tonight. The fullback also ran the ball well and blocked well. I thought the special teams also played well."

Chad Brown and Bobby Smith rushed for two touchdowns each for the Leopards (2-0). Smith gained 109 rushing yards on 22 carries, while Brown added 85 rushing yards on 15 carries.

"I am really happy," Orndorff said. "We were able to win our first home game. It is nice to be 2-0 when you are getting ready to play a couple of big schools."


The Leopards scored on the first play of the game as Kevin Kocsis returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown.

Poolesville (0-2) tied the score a minute later when Nick Loftus threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Campbell.

Smithsburg took the lead for good at 13-6 with 7:25 remaining in the first quarter when Brown scored on a 26-yard run and Tom Morrisey got the first of his three extra-point kicks.

Smith added a 17-yard touchdown run with 2:35 to go in the first quarter to extend the Leopards' lead to 20-6.

Loftus fired a 94-yard touchdown pass to Tom Hughes with eight minutes left in the second quarter as the Falcons reduced the deficit to 20-12.

Brown had a 3-yard touchdown run just 1:47 into the third quarter to help Smithsburg increase its advantage to 27-12.

Mike O'Halloran had a 9-yard touchdown run and Hughes kicked the extra point as Poolesville cut the lead to 27-19 with 27 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

The Leopards got their final score with 4:51 to go in the fourth quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run by Smith for the final 33-19 margin.

Loftus finished with 277 passing yards for Poolesville.

"They just killed us with their line," Poolesville coach Steve Orsini said. "They are a lot more physical than us. I thought that we would give them a better game. They have got a good physical team."

They have got some speed in the backfield."

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