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Titans, Bears win titles

November 12, 2007|By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY - The Boonsboro Titans and the Williamsport Bears both won Washington County Junior Football League titles with shutouts Sunday afternoon at Martin L. Snook County Park.

The Titans blanked the Hagerstown Browns 14-0 in the "A" Division championship game, while the Bears blanked the Hagerstown Redskins 13-0 in the "B" Division championship game.

In the "A" game, Matthew Smidlein ran for 116 yards, Kyle Briggs ran for 41 yards and each scored a touchdown for the Titans (10-1).

"The offensive line opened up some holes today," Smidlein said. "I couldn't have done it without the linemen. They did a good job of blocking. Kyle Briggs helped me out with the running game. All of the hard work has helped out all of the players a lot. It has helped us to go a long way."

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Titans coach Tom Samples was impressed by his team's effort.

"Matt Smidlein has been a blessing all year," Samples said. "Once he hits the holes, he continues upfield and it is hard to catch him. The offensive line did a great job blocking. We have had good, hard running by Kyle Briggs. Our strong defense held everybody in check all year long and that was a big key right there. This was definitely a complete team effort. Everyone contributed."

The Titans broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter on Briggs' 9-yard touchdown run. Josh Harwood then added the two-point conversion kick. The Titans got their other score in the third quarter on a 10-yard run by Smidlein.

"We lost our opening game of the season to the Titans," said Browns coach John Weeks, whose team fell to 9-2. "Then we put together a nine-game winning streak before losing again to the Titans today. We just had some missed opportunities today. Other than that, it was a good ballgame."

The "B" game was a battle of the unbeatens as the Bears and Redskins entered with 10-0 records.

The Bears scored both of their touchdowns during the second quarter. The first came on an 11-yard pass from Brandon Iseminger to Wyatt Scriever. Brandon Jackson added the one-point conversion run. The second touchdown came on a 15-yard run by Jordan Stonebreaker.

Bears coach Roy Palmer had nothing but praise for his team.

"We have only given up two scores all year long, one in the regular season and one in the playoffs," Palmer said. "The team concept is not hard to teach to this group of players. There is a lot of character on this team. It's the best bunch of kids that we have ever been around. It's all heart, and they give it everything that they have got."

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