Parker haunts Wildcats

November 01, 2008|By MARK KELLER

Erick Parker isn't the scariest guy in the world, but he sure spooked the Williamsport football team on Friday.

Parker came dressed as a tailback for Halloween and did the trick to treat No. 4 Smithsburg to 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 25 carries to lift the Leopards to a 41-0 MVAL Antietam victory over the Wildcats.

Parker took advantage of Williamsport's giving nature -- taking advantage of what the Wildcats' defense presented -- to grind out the yardage and lead Smithsburg (9-0, 4-0) into next week's showdown with equally undefeated Boonsboro.

"I usually run on the inside," Parker said. "But (Williamsport) was stacking up the middle and I was able to run the plays to the outside."


Parker's runs put some sense in a game that had everything eerie about it except for something to go bump in the night.

The Leopards started slowly, fumbling the ball four times in the first half -- including two lost bobbles by Parker -- after spending most of the pregame standing around during Senior Day ceremonies.

The miscues kept the game much more interesting than coach Buddy Orndorff would have liked, while Smithsburg's defense made sure the Wildcats didn't think they were coming to this party dressed as upset specialists.

"We played our typical Senior Night-Homecoming-Carroll Reid Night first half," Orndorff said. "We have had so many distractions for the last four weeks. Turnovers killed us in the first half. We had run so many solid plays and came away without the ball."

Smithsburg led 6-0 after the first quarter on Parker's 2-yard run and 19-0 at the half after a 3-yard score by Tyler Scott and a diving 9-yard TD catch by Josh Conway from Kyle Orndorff on the last play before the intermission.

Just to make sure the distractions didn't hamper Smithburg, the Leopards' defense held Williamsport to one first down, minus-11 yards rushing and 31 yards of offense in the first 24 minutes.

"We came out prepared and were pretty focused," said Williamsport coach Adrian Custer. "We played well and stopped them up the middle early. But they got that touchdown at the end of the first half and it popped us. Then their line took over."

Smithsburg changed its costumes from banquet guests to football team to start the second half and asserted itself to finish off Williamsport.

Parker scored on an 18-yard run on the Leopards' opening possession of the second half for a 27-0 lead at the end of three quarters.

"We were able to run all night," Orndorff said. "They were giving us a lot of things that we like to run against."

Williamsport was forced to become a passing team as Smithsburg wiped out the Wildcats' running game -- their longest run was 2 yards.

Smithsburg grinded out two final scores, with Parker scoring from the 4 with 6:08 remaining before reserve fullback Jong Kim went off left tackle for 13 yards during the running clock for the final margin.

Smithsburg finished with 400 yards of offense, including 295 on the ground as Scott added 75 yards. Williamsport finished with 72 yards of offense, including minus-24 rushing.

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