Bursting Bubblers

Smith follows Indians lin to cool off Boiling Springs

Smith follows Indians lin to cool off Boiling Springs

October 23, 2007|By TIM KOELBLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Waynesboro halfback Ian Smith may find a pile of steaks might be too expensive to buy for his linemen. Perhaps a huge batch of cheeseburgers might be more in line.

On Monday night, the final score was Smith 28, Boiling Springs 14 as Waynesboro (3-5, 3-2) won its third straight game in closing out its home schedule with a Mid-Penn Capital contest.

"The offensive line all blocked well for me," said Smith. "They were doing it all, there were some holes."

Smith ran for a career-high 245 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries, and booted a field goal and an extra point to account for every Waynesboro point. He surpassed the 200-yard mark against James Buchanan last year, but Monday's performance was special for him.

"I wanted to do it for the seniors playing the last time here," he said. "The coaches call me 'third-grader' because of my size, but I just keep trying to play from the heart."


"Everyone here knows what (Ian) can do," said Indians coach Darwin Seiler. "A lot of people underestimate him because of his size. He knows how to hit the holes."

Smith gave Waynesboro a 7-0 lead with 5:25 left in the first quarter on a 47-yard run, following two big blocks from the line of scrimmage.

After Boiling Springs (4-4, 2-3) scored on a 10-yard run by Gary Griffith on the first play following a Waynesboro fumble early in the second period, the Indians responded with a pair of scores by Smith to take a 19-7 halftime lead.

With 5:02 left, Smith capped a 53-yard drive with a 4-yard burst after quarterback Terrell Rickard ran 42 yards on a rollout.

After stopping the Bubblers on downs, the Indians marched 53 yards again, with Smith's 28-yard burst setting up his 5-yard TD run with 29 seconds remaining.

The Waynesboro defense, which produced shutouts the previous two weeks, was tested in the third quarter.

The Indians stopped the Bubblers on downs to stop a 12-play drive, and Smith made Boiling Springs pay for it with a 57-yard run up the middle that led to his 28-yard field goal for a 22-7 lead.

Boiling Springs then marched from its own 33 to the Waynesboro 1 in 13 plays. Quarterback Brandon Ellis scored from there to slice the lead to 22-14 early in the fourth quarter.

Waynesboro answered quickly on a drive that included a nifty 39-yard completion from Rickard to Aaron McKenzie down to the Bubblers 23. Four plays later, Smith bulled in from the 9 with 7:04 left.

Waynesboro locked up the game on Nathan Kauffman's interception.

Rickard did a good job putting Boiling Springs in long-field situations with his punting, averaging 45.2 yards on four boots.

"Terrell's punting was super and our special-teams coverage on kicks and punts was outstanding," said Seiler. "And I thought we controlled the offensive line and got them tired."

Waynesboro outgained Boiling Springs 295-157 on the ground and 334-275 overall.

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