FREDERICK, Md. - It didn't help the Smithsburg Leopards that Chad Brown missed Thursday's game against Tuscarora.
What really hurt the Leopards was their inability to execute blocks offensively and make tackles defensively.
All those ingredients added up to a subpar performance against Class 3A Tuscarora in the form of a 35-0 thumping, sending the No. 4 Leopards to their first loss after two wins.
"I don't know if one guy (Brown) could have made a difference tonight," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff after watching his outmanned troops surrender 318 total yards, all but 30 coming in the first half. "They just wore us down."
Forced to punt on its opening possession, Smithsburg pinned the Titans on their own 8-yard line.
The Titans (3-0) put together a 16-play, 92-yard drive that took 8 minutess off the clock and ended with Cruz Mannherz scoring from the 2-yard line, the first of his four scores.