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Cougars get their kick in Smithsburg

October 08, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The Catoctin Cougars were playing "make-it, take-it" rules Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars recovered each of their first two kickoffs, then converted those possessions into touchdowns as they took a 35-0 lead on the way to a 48-26 MVAL Antietam victory over Smithsburg.

After winning its first two games, Smithsburg (2-3, 0-2) has lost three in a row.

"Catoctin played a great football game," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "Their special teams played good. Our special teams did not play good. They outhustled us."

Catoctin (4-1, 2-0) took a 6-0 lead just 3 minutes, 11 seconds into the game when Nicholas Stiles dashed along the right side for an 85-yard touchdown run. For the day, Stiles gained 159 rushing yards on only 11 carries. Stiles added two more touchdown runs and a touchdown reception.

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On the ensuing kickoff, the Cougars hustled downfield and beat the Leopards to the live ball to maintain possession.

With 6:27 remaining, Robert Groft scored on a 1-yard touchdown run through the middle and quarterback D.J. Doyle added a conversion run to extend Catoctin's lead to 14-0.

Once again, the Cougars kicked off and beat the Leopards to the ball to maintain possession.

With 3:39 to go, Doyle completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Stiles on the left side and Colten Eureka kicked the extra point to increase Catoctin's advantage to 21-0. Eureka made four of his six extra-point attempts.

"We came in here focused," Catoctin coach Doug Williams said. "Our kickoff team gave us the ball twice and that was huge. Our defense gave us good field position and that gave our offense a short field. The offense capitalized on the short field and the opportunities."

The Cougars added two touchdowns in the second quarter on a 6-yard run by Stephen Owens and a 5-yard run by Kyle Sanders to build a commanding 35-0 lead with 6:27 left in the period.

Just 50 seconds later, Smithsburg got on the scoreboard on a 14-yard run by Kevan Schellenberg and an extra-point kick by Tom Morrisey to reduce the deficit to 35-7.

Chad Brown, who had 104 rushing yards on 22 carries, had a 5-yard touchdown run for the Leopards. Kevin Kocsis and Bobby Smith also had touchdown runs for the Leopards.

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