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Leopards get back on track

October 22, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The Railroaders helped put the Smithsburg football team back on the winning track Saturday afternoon.

Senior tailback Chad Brown ran for 131 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Leopards beat Brunswick 26-12 in an MVAL Antietam game, snapping their four-game losing streak in front of their Homecoming crowd.

"Our team showed great effort," said Brown, who has rushed for 744 yards and scored eight touchdowns this season. "We had a great week of practice. After four weeks of losses, it is great to get that off of our shoulders. We would like to end the season with a winning streak, so we can have a winning record.

"I would have to say that unity was the key to our victory today. We brought it together as one. Nobody on the team had an ego."

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Smithsburg (3-4, 1-3) got on the scoreboard first as Bryan Faulders tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Joe Cacciola on the left side with 5:10 remaining in the first quarter. Matthew Plumley, who went 2-for-4 in extra-point attempts, made it 7-0.

Faulders fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Kocsis through the middle with 8:51 to go in the second quarter to help the Leopards take a 13-0 halftime advantage.

After a scoreless third quarter, Brown ran 28 yards for a score just 29 seconds into the fourth to extend Smithsburg's lead to 19-0.

Brunswick (3-4, 1-3) got on the scoreboard with 5:17 left when Grant Wilson ran 9 yards through the middle for a touchdown to reduce the deficit to 19-6.

Brown answered with 3:42 left, running 2 yards up the middle as the Leopards put the game out of reach at 26-6.

"It feels great rushing for two touchdowns, but it means nothing without a victory," Brown said. "I feel that the team is starting to make some improvement now."

The Railroaders got their final score when Wilson went straight through the middle for a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:34 left in the game.

"It is always great to win Homecoming," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "We controlled the line and moved the ball. We had a balanced offensive attack with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns."

Jared Daniels and Kevan Schellenberg led Smithsburg with eight tackles each.

"The defense played the best ballgame of the year," Orndorff said. "The key for the defense turning it around today was that they read their keys and they played football."

Wilson finished with 98 rushing yards on 18 carries for Brunswick.

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