All in the family

Leopards, Orndorffs sidetrack Railroaders to give honor to Smithsburg's 'Daddy'

Leopards, Orndorffs sidetrack Railroaders to give honor to Smithsburg's 'Daddy'

October 11, 2008|By MARK KELLER


SMITHSBURG -- The calendar didn't show that Friday was Father's Day, but don't tell that to the Orndorffs.

Smithsburg quarterback Kyle Orndorff persevered from a rough start to make Buddy Orndorff, his father and head coach, proud on Friday. That led to a 49-14 MVAL Antietam win over Brunswick and allowed the elder Orndorff to honor former Leopards coach Carroll Reid, the man he affectionately calls "Daddy."

"This was a good night, a big win," Buddy Orndorff said. "I said to the kids before the game, 'This is Carroll Reid's night, but it's about the game.' It was nice to give him a win."

The Leopards (6-0, 2-0) rolled up 385 yards after giving the ball away on the first play of the game on Kyle Orndorff's first interception of the season.


Marcus Hall picked off the pass at the line of scrimmage and returned it all the way to the Smithsburg 25. Three plays later, Ethan Baker scored on a 3-yard pass from Jeff Lambright to give the Railroaders (1-5, 0-2) a 6-0 lead just 1:05 into the game.

"I got a little down on myself, but everyone was joking with me about it and getting on me," Kyle Orndorff said. "So that's how it went."

"It's one of those deals that you know it's going to happen sooner or later," Buddy Orndorff said. "You knew he wasn't going to go the whole season without an interception."

It marked just the second time this season the Leopards have trailed in a game, but it didn't last long.

Less than two minutes later, Josh Conway went around right end on a reverse nearly untouched for a 60-yard touchdown run. Coby Blum added the point after -- one of seven on the night -- and Smithsburg took a 7-6 lead.

From there, the Leopards defense got tough. Brunswick ran just eight plays in its next three drives. Two ended with punts, one with an interception by Conway. The Railroaders didn't get another first down until the 6-minute mark of the second quarter.

By that time, Smithsburg had extended the lead to 28-6. Orndorff scored on a 1-yard run, then completed his first pass of the game to tight end Tyler Barnhart, who made a nice move to break free for a 22-yard touchdown.

Erick Parker scored on a 2-yard run and Orndorff connected with Conway on a 67-yard touchdown pass with 2:47 to go in the first half as Smithsburg took a 35-6 lead.

Parker (3-yard run) and Conway (30-yard run) each scored again in the second half to put the Leopards up by 35 and start the running clock.

"To be honest, my goal tonight was to try to get the running clock so we could get the game done and have the festivities for Coach Reid tonight," Buddy Orndorff said. "It took us a little longer than I hoped, but that's a testament to Brunswick. That's going to be a team to be reckoned with in a year or so."

Conway finished with 123 rushing yards and 80 receiving. Parker added 126 yards on the ground.

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