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Leopards blank 'Cats

October 28, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - Bobby Smith's quest for a little breathing room quickly became a breath of fresh air for the Smithsburg football team.

Locked in a tight game and pinned deep in the shadows of their own goal post, the Leopards broke things open when Smith broke loose for a 99-yard TD run to secure an 18-0 victory over Williamsport on Friday.

"I was just trying to get it out of our end zone," said Smith. "Somebody had a hold on my leg and I just kept kicking until I broke free. The offensive line did a great job and all I saw after that was daylight."

The play completely reversed the momentum. The Wildcats (1-7, 0-5 MVAL Antietam) gained possession on the Smithsburg 5-yard line when punter Joey Cacciola's knee hit the ground trying to retrieve a low snap.

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But six plays later - including a facemask penalty against the Leopards (4-4, 2-3) for a Wildcats first down - Williamsport found itself on defense with the ball on Smithsburg's 1.

"With a power team like Williamsport, to keep them out of the end zone was a big lift for us," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "Then Bobby - I think he was tackled four times on that play - he broke loose, and that was the ballgame right there."

Suddenly down 12-0, Williamsport went to the air on its next series, and Chad Brown took advantage, picking off Andrew Minella's pass at the Leopards 44 and returning it to the Wildcats 38. Six plays later, Brown rumbled 15 yards for his second touchdown of the game - and 10th of the season - for the 18-0 lead with 11:17 remaining.

Except for Brown's 38-yard touchdown run on the third play of the game, Williamsport managed to match the Leopards offensively throughout the first half.

"It was 6-0 (at the half) and we were moving the ball," said Wildcats coach Adrian Custer. "We had some good drives and had the momentum. But give (the Leopards) credit, they took the momentum away from us."

Brown finished with 130 yards on 17 carries for the Leopards, with Smith adding 117 yards on seven tries.

Kyle Cunningham (20 carries for 82 yards) and Kyle McDannell (19 carries for 79 yards) sparked Williamsport offensively.

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