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The big games, by the numbers

November 07, 2008|By TIM KOELBLE

There's no other way to bill tonight's high school football battle between Smithsburg and Boonsboro than "Game of the Year."

So much is at stake for both teams: A perfect regular season, solidifying a playoff postion, the MVAL Antietam Conference title and bragging rights over the archrival.

Never before in the 41-year history of this contest have the two schools entered the fray as unbeatens in the same season.

Last season, Smithsburg entered the game 9-0 and left 9-1 after a 6-3 Boonsboro team emerged with a 25-20 victory.

This is the first time Boonsboro has gone 9-0 in the 24 years Clayton Anders has been head coach. When the Warriors won the state title in 1993 under Anders, they finished 12-1 after losing their season opener.

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The Warriors also were 9-0 in 1968 and 1969 under coach Dwight Scott. They went on to beat the Leopards both years to finish undefeated.

In addition to last season, Smithsburg came in undefeated three other times, winning in 1973, 1979 and 1984. The Leopards went on to win the Class C state title in '79 and '84.

ยท North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown are on the opposite end of the spectrum heading into their 52nd renewal.

Both teams have losing records but are coming off victories that should give them plenty of confidence heading into the clash at School Stadium.

No conference championship is on the line, just the opportunity to claim bragging rights and finish the year on a positive note.

North has won the last five outings, the longest winning streak ever for the Hubs in the series. South's longest winning streak in the series is seven, from 1960-66.

In the last five games, North has posted three shutouts and won by an average score of 38-7.

This is the second straight year both teams enter with losing records. North (2-7) was 3-6 last season while South (4-5) came in at 1-8, the Hubs winning 27-20.

Neither team has had less than a two-game winning streak since the teams alternated victories in 1982 and 1983.

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