Leopards' No. 2 has a No. 1 day vs. Poolesville

September 13, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

POOLESVILLE, Md. -- Billy Lawrence is normally the No. 2 receiver in the Smithsburg offense.

Friday night against Poolesville, the Leopards senior was second to no one.

Lawrence had 94 yards receiving on three catches -- all touchdowns from quarterback Kyle Orndorff -- as Smithsburg rolled to a 27-0 road victory against the Falcons.

"That's a career-high by far," said Lawrence, who said his previous high was only 27 yards. "(Josh) Conway is our starting wide receiver and he got most of the attention. He was kind of the diversion."

That was clearly the case on Lawrence's first scoring catch. Conway peeled toward the sideline while Lawrence ran a post into the end zone. He was wide open for a 33-yard touchdown to give Smithsburg a 6-0 lead with 53 seconds left in the first quarter.


Lawrence found paydirt again with 4:31 left in the second quarter. He ran a similar post and drew man coverage, beating his defender for the score -- also for 33 yards -- for a 13-0 lead.

"It was nice to see Billy emerge tonight," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "If (opposing teams) are going to keep double-teaming Josh, then we're going to keep getting the ball to Billy and other people for touchdowns. ... And that's fine."

Lawrence caught his third touchdown after getting behind the secondary on a perfectly run fade route. Kyle Orndorff dropped the ball in for a 28-yard score to give the Leopards a 20-0 edge with 30 seconds left before halftime.

Orndorff, making his second varsity start, finished 4-for-7 for 120 yards and the three TDs. His other completion was a 26-yarder to Conway.

"It's really nice to have a No. 2 guy with some speed like Billy," Kyle Orndorff said. "He can fly."

The passing game complemented a running game that was more efficient than effective. Eight players carried the ball for the Leopards, gaining a modest 139 yards on 40 carries.

Reserves Jake Gouff and Taylor Demuth combined to gain 68 yards on the ground in the fourth quarter, with Demuth capping the game with a 3-yard TD with 49 seconds left.

Still, that run attack was miles better than Poolesville, which ran 39 times for just 65 yards. The Falcons (0-2), who have yet to score a point this season, finished with only 98 yards of total offense. They had two drives stall inside the Leopards' 6-yard line -- including their opening drive.

"I definitely think that took something out of them," Buddy Orndorff said. "When you drive that close and don't get anything, it does take it out of you. We bent but we didn't break."

n Trailing 20-0 with 4:18 left in the game, Poolesville took yet another hit when linebacker T.J. Prather was injured chasing down Gouff. He laid on the ground for more than a half-hour while medical personnel attended to him before being taken outside the stadium by ambulance.

Prather was then lifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital with what appeared to be neck or back trauma. His status was unknown as of The Herald-Mail's press time.

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