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Junior football draws 1,000 kids

September 04, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY - The Washington County Junior Football League held its annual Opening Ceremonies on Labor Day, followed by three football matchups - both including 'A' games for seventh and eighth graders and 'B' games for fifth and sixth graders.

"This is the largest group of players that we have ever had," league president Pete Buonocore said. "There are about 1,000 players in the league."

· The Smithsburg Patriots pulled out a 6-0 win over the Hagerstown Giants in a rematch of last year's 'A' title game.

Thomas Smith scored the only touchdown, breaking loose along the left sideline for a 35-yard scoring run for the Patriots 2:42 before halftime. Smith gained 72 yards on nine carries.

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Ryan Bolton recovered a fumble for the Patriots with 2:01 remaining. The Patriots ran out the clock to seal the victory.

The Patriots defense held the Giants to 39 yards.

"There were a lot of good games today," Buonocore said. "The final game was a rematch ... but it was a different outcome today. The Giants were undefeated in the previous two years."

In the 'B' game, the Giants edged the Patriots, 7-0.

Nick Karlen scored the only touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak for the Giants. Karlen threw a one-point conversion pass to Crosse Barvinchack.

· The Hancock Raiders beat the Hagerstown Buccaneers 20-0 in an 'A' game.

Quarterback Garrett Wiles rushed for all three Hancock touchdowns on carries of 2, 32 and 27 yards. Wiles added a two-point conversion kick.

The Raiders blanked the Buccaneers in the 'B' game, 18-0. Jesse Wolford finished with 69 yards on three carries for Hancock, including a 26-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.

Quarterback Logan Manning added a pair of touchdown runs on carries of 21 and 14 yards for the Raiders.

· The Hagerstown Packers defeated the Williamsport Bears in an 'A' game, 34-24.

Quarterback Cornelius Prather finished with five touchdown runs for the Packers on carries of 43, 30, 2, 21 and 49 yards. Prather accumulated 192 yards on 16 carries.

Tyler Byers had 118 passing yards for the Bears, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to Delontey Butler and an 11-yard TD to Alex Aleshire.

Aleshire added a 1-yard touchdown run, while Alex Fridley scored on a 7-yard run for the Bears.

The Bears defeated the Packers 26-0 in the 'B' game.

Brandon Jackson scored two touchdowns on runs of 1 and 25 yards for the Bears. Jordan Stonebreaker rushed for 74 yards on five carries, including a 52-yard TD run. Brandon Iseminger threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Wyatt Scriever.

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