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Leopards lash Lions

October 05, 2008|By Jack Hill III

SMITHSBURG - The No. 4 Smithsburg Leopards football team celebrated Homecoming on Saturday afternoon by defeating Walkersville, 35-23, to reach the halfway point of the season undefeated.

"It was a typical Homecoming," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "We played a real good first half. We lost concentration in the third quarter. Then we came together in the fourth quarter to win the ball game. It was a great win against an excellent football team. It makes for a great Homecoming. It's great to be 5-0. We have some tough games left. We have to work harder to get better."

Smithsburg senior quarterback Kyle Orndorff fired three touchdown passes to give him a Tri-State area-leading 11 on the season. All three of Orndorff's touchdown throws went to senior receiver Billy Lawrence.

Orndorff finished with 193 passing yards to increase his season total to 553. Orndorff also added a touchdown run.

"The key to the victory was the line giving me time to get the ball to Billy," Kyle Orndorff said. "Walkersville had double coverage on Josh Conway and that left Billy wide open. Fullback Tyler Scott made a few clutch blocks on my touchdown passes. Walkersville put so much pressure on. Walkersville played really hard and they played with so much heart."

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Lawrence has seven touchdown receptions on the season. He had 157 receiving yards in the game.

"I think it was a big win, since we are now 5-0," Lawrence said. "We hope to make it to the playoffs. I think our offense did good today. We made a few mistakes, but we corrected them."

Smithsburg's defense also contributed as Conway intercepted two passes and Alex Akers made eight tackles.

Coby Blum made all five of his extra-point kicks for the Leopards.

Orndorff threw a 35-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to help Smithsburg take a 14-0 halftime lead.

Walkersville (1-4) tied the score at 14 in the third quarter when quarterback Jeremy Musselman ran for a 1-yard score and later added a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jay Dertzbaugh. Musselman also threw a two-point conversion pass to Dertzbaugh.

The Leopards took the lead for good at 21-14 with two minutes remaining in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run by Orndorff.

Orndorff added a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter.

After that, Musselman fired a 44-yard touchdown pass to Joey Zuniga and then kicked the extra point for the Lions to close the score to 28-21.

Scott then ran for a 3-yard touchdown to give Smithsburg a 35-21 advantage with 4:46 to go.

Walkersville got the final two points of the game with 3:08 left on a safety when Smithsburg was called for intentional grounding in the end zone.

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