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Leopards go to the air to ground Clear Spring

November 04, 2006|by CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

SMITHSBURG - The result was expected. The methodology was the surprise.

Despite possessing a solid rushing attack, Smithsburg's football team took to the air in dismantling Clear Spring 41-8 in an MVAL Antietam game Friday night.

Junior quarterback Brian Faulders completed six passes for 113 yards and three touchdowns, while Chad Brown rushed for 111 yards on 18 carries for the Leopards (5-4, 4-3).

"We have a thousand-yard rusher in Chad Brown, another one with about 500 yards in Bobby (Smith), and a strong offensive line," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "But we have good receivers, too, and Brian showed he can throw the ball. We stuck pretty much to our game plan, and he played with real maturity tonight."

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Touchdown passes of 39 yards to Joe Cacciola and 28 yards to Kevin Kocsis propelled the Leopards to a quick 13-0 advantage after less than seven minutes of play.

Clear Spring (1-8, 0-7) had no answer, finishing the game with a scant 53 yards of total offense and just 8 rushing yards. The Blazers' lone score came on Tyler Shifler's 89-yard return of a fourth-quarter Smithsburg fumble, when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

"I've said all season that we're going to get better one play at a time, and we did that tonight," said Clear Spring coach John Wilson, who used a number of sophomores from the JV squad in the game.

"We have a lot of young kids. (The Leopards) have 19 seniors. We have six, two of them are hurt, and another one is playing hurt."

After the two early scores, Smithsburg kept applying the pressure with rushing touchdowns from Aaron Householder (20 yards) and Brown (6 yards) that gave the Leopards a 27-0 lead at the half.

Smith capped a nine-play drive with a 2-yard TD run to start the third period, and Cacciola hauled in his second scoring pass of the game from 30 yards out to complete the Smithsburg scoring.

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