Leopards smoke Blazers

September 29, 2007|By JACK HILL III

SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Leopards extended their season-opening winning streak to four games by beating the Clear Spring Blazers 63-0 on Friday night in the MVAL Antietam.

Smithsburg (4-0, 1-0) set the tone for the game when junior Josh Conway broke loose for a 60-yard punt return down the left sideline for a touchdown. Senior Matt Plumley made the first of his school-record nine extra-point kicks.

"I just read the punt right off the bat," Conway said. "I just read the holes and I knew where to go. The blocking did the rest. We came out tonight with fire. We play every game to win and we make sure that we come out with intensity."

The Leopards' defense allowed the Blazers (0-4, 0-1) just one first down, on the next-to-last play of the game with 39 seconds remaining. Smithsburg finished with 22 first downs.


"This was the third time this year that we did not have to punt once during the whole game," Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff said. "I thought we controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. We got some big plays on special teams."

Senior tailback Bobby Smith gained 99 rushing yards on 13 carries for Smithsburg, including a 3-yard TD run with 5:56 left in the first quarter.

Brandon Knight had a 9-yard touchdown run with 1:28 left in the quarter to increase the Leopards' advantage to 21-0.

Smithsburg scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to build a 42-0 halftime advantage. Kevin Kocsis scored on a 4-yard run, Eric Parker added a 23-yard scoring run and Knight added his second 9-yard TD run of the game.

"We substituted from the second quarter on," Orndorff said. "We got all of the kids involved."

Conway started the second half for Smithsburg by breaking loose for a touchdown on an 85-yard kickoff return down the right sideline. Parker added an 11-yard TD run in the third quarter.

The Leopards got their final score in the fourth quarter on a 16-yard run by Billy Lawrence.

"Smithsburg executed really well," Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate said. "Some of the things that we have been working on, we accomplished tonight. But we have still got to do a better job of blocking and tackling. We're a really young group of players. We only had three seniors dressed tonight. The other two seniors were hurt."

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