Leopards no match for Lions

September 12, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

SMITHSBURG -- Playing smash-mouth football is like Christmas gifts.

It's better to give than receive.

Unfortunately, the Smithsburg football team probably has its collective jaw wired shut today because it received a lot more than it gave on Saturday in a 51-0 loss to Walkersville.

Quentin Ezell ran for 179 yards and three first-half touchdowns, while quarterback Jeremy Musselman threw for three more as the Lions overpowered the Leopards. It brought a sour ending to the day earmarked to rename Smithsburg's football field in honor of Carroll Reid, the Leopards' late, legendary coach.

"I wish we could have made a better showing," said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. "It was one of those deals when we got hit in the mouth and we didn't fight back. When you have a successful team, they have got to stand up and get back into people's faces. We didn't do that."


In fact, the Leopards were all but counted out shortly after the opening bell.

Walkersville stonewalled Smithsburg on a game-opening three-and-out series that managed 2 yards. The Lions immediately started a run that would lead to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and a 42-0 bulge by halftime.

The Lions started their opening drive at their own 27 and worked to Smithsburg's 46 for a second-and-7 situation before Walkersville coach Ryan Hines called timeout.

"We wanted to play with energy and emotion," Hines said. "That is what we stressed all week. I went out to remind them of that right then. They played hard and this was a testament to what they can do."

On the first play after the break, Ezell went up the middle and bounced to the left sideline for a 47-yard touchdown run. Musselman added the extra point to give Walkersville a 7-0 lead with 5:53 remaining in the quarter.

"Ryan is doing a great job with that program," Orndorff said. "They played with more intensity than we did."

Smithsburg never got any footing, collecting just 60 yards of offense and three first downs in the game. The Leopards only managed 19 yards in the second half, which was played entirely with a running clock.

Meanwhile, the Lions continued to roll.

Ezell copied his first TD run with a 37-yard jaunt on Walkersville's second possession for a 13-0 lead with 3:52 left in the quarter.

The Lions laid on 28 points in the second quarter as Musselman hit Brian Schultz on scoring passes of 34 and 28 yards and found Jay Dertzbaugh on a 49-yard strike. Ezell added a 24-yard burst over left tackle to complete Walkersville's six-touchdown first half.

Ezell had 168 yards in the first half, while Musselman hit on all seven of his first-half passes for 161 yards. Walkersville managed 340 yards and 14 first downs in the first half.

Walkersville finished the game off in the second half as Jose Depacua scored on a 41-yard run in the third quarter and the Lions recorded a safety off a bad punt snap in the fourth quarter.

Smithsburg made no real drives of consequence in the game. The farthest the Leopards got downfield was to Walkersville's 48, but the drive ended with a fumble. Derek Smith led Smithsburg with 40 yards on 13 carries, while Taylor Demuth added 39 yards, including 32 on one run, the Leopards' longest play of the game.

Walkersville ended with 409 yards of offense.

"We had about four decent plays and didn't capitialize on them," Orndorff said. "They were just more physical than we were."

Walkersville 51, Smithsburg 0

Walkersville 13 28 7 2 -- 51

Smithsburg 0 0 0 0 -- 0

W -- Quentin Ezell 47 run (Jeremy Musselman kick)

W -- Ezell 37 run (kick failed)

W -- Brian Schultz 34 pass from Musselman (Shultz pass from Musselman)

W -- Ezell 24 run (Musselman kick)

W -- Jay Dertzbaugh 49 pass from Musselman (Musselman kick)

W -- Schultz 28 pass from Musselman (Musselman kick)

W -- Jose Depacua 41 run (Musselman kick)

W -- Safety

Walk Smith

First Downs 17 3

Rushes-yards 34-244 29-60

Comp.-Att.-Int 8-8-0 1-7-0

Passing yards 165 5

Total offense 42-409 36-65

Punts-avg. 2-28.5 6-25.3

Penalties-yards 5-20 1-5

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1

Records: Walkersville 1-1, Smithsburg 1-1.

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