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Leopards dance to win

September 15, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

SMITHSBURG - Josh Conway might have been auditioning for TV's Dancing With The Stars on Friday night.

The junior was at the forefront of No. 4 Smithsburg's 42-7 pasting of Poolesville. He was two-stepping everywhere - to the left, to the right - all over the football field.

Conway scored on a 20-yard pass play from Bryan Faulders, returned an interception 27 yards for another score, caught two passes that helped set up other scores and had a 30-yard run taking a snap under center to set up yet another. He also had a 38-yard punt return to begin Smithsburg's first offensive possession.

All in a good night's work.

"It all starts at the beginning of the week," said Conway. "We come out every week thinking we're going to win. That's the frame of mind we're in."

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Conway had plenty of teammates on stage with him.

Faulders had another outstanding game, completing 7 of 10 passes for 110 yards and scoring on a 1-yard sneak. Dan Rishell caught three of Faulders' passes for 56 yards. Ten Leopards ran the football and Erick Parker had 45 yards - 26 on a touchdown jaunt that made it 42-0 late in the third period, the Leopards' third touchdown in less than four minutes.

The Smithsburg (2-0) defense was stout, beginning with Michael Lawrence's sack of Poolesville (1-1) quarterback Nick Loftus and an interception by Alex Akers in the first period that kept the Falcons on their heels. All told, the Leopards allowed Poolesville 87 total yards.

"I expected to win, but I didn't expect to have a blowout like this," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "We dominated both sides of the line, our linebackers played great and we got them in long yardage all night.

"Bryan threw the ball real well and the receivers ran their routes."

Conway opened the scoring with 2:05 remaining in the first period when he took a pass from Faulders off the left wing. He left defenders behind with a dip left, another right and a last to the left while heading to paydirt.

"Being able to move like that comes from the cone (agility) drills," said Conway.

After Faulders hooked up with Rishell on a scoring pass for a 14-0 lead at the 6:53 mark of the second period, Orndorff called a timeout on 4th-and-three to discuss his play call at the Poolesville 36.

Returning to the field, it was Conway who lined up under center. He rolled to the left and was brought down 30 yards later, setting up a 6-yard TD run by Bobby Smith.

"I'm calling those timeouts to make sure everyone knows what I want run, that there is no confusion," said Orndorff. "Conway was on the option. He doesn't waste any moves."

Faulders and Parker scored in the third period to set the clock in motion.

Poolesville scored midway through the final period, with its first-team offense operating against Smithsburg's reserves.

Smithsburg has little time to regroup, facing a 5 p.m. road test on Thursday at Winters Mill.

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