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Leopards don't block, tackle or beat Cougars

October 09, 2009|By TIM KOELBLE

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    SMITHSBURG -- Next week's practice agenda at Smithsburg will be simple. Blocking, tackling, blocking, tackling and more blocking and tackling.

    "If you can't tackle, if you can't block, you can't win football games in the MVAL," said Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff.

    His football team failed miserably in both aspects and it led to a 32-0 loss to unbeaten Catoctin on Friday night at Coach Carroll Reid Field.

    The Cougars (6-0) displayed plenty of threats with their quickness. Smithsburg's tackling woes helped Catoctin gain 411 yards.

    Conversely, the Leopards could not open anything on the line with its lack of blocking, and managed a paltry 81 total yards.

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"They did nothing we knew they wouldn't do," said Orndorff. "Our tackling was horrible and we acted like we never blocked anyone before. It was like we went brain dead."

Of Smithsburg's 70 total rushing yards, 33 came on its second possession in the first quarter, moving from its 26-yard line to Catoctin's 29 before turning the ball over on downs.

Smithsburg (3-3) forced a Catoctin punt, but on the next possession fumbled away the football on its own 28.

"They jumped on that turnover like sharks," said Orndorff. "They went on a frenzy after that."

Catoctin scored on a 5-yard pass from Dylan May to Sean Reaver, who was left alone in the end zone for a 6-0 lead with 9:12 left in the second quarter. Austin Carter ran in the two-point conversion.

Catoctin's next possession started on its 26 with 1:42 remaining and only one time out left. May orchestrated a perfect drive and the Leopards couldn't cover the Cougars' receivers and get them down.

May completed five passes, three to Nick Nowaczyk, then handed off to Nick Maxey, who twisted and turned while falling into the end zone for a 1-yard score 10 seconds before the first half expired.

Catoctin went a perfect 3-for-3 in the third period on its possessions.

Paul Barbour's 33-yard run set up Eric Barbour's 12-yard score to cap a 65-yard drive to open the second half. A 53-yard pass from May to Nowaczyk set up Paul Barbour's 7-yard score to cap an 80-yard march. The finishing touch came on a 59-yard drive, during which a 25-yard pass to Nowaczyk set up a 6-yard TD pass from May to Paul Barbour.

After gaining only 57 yards rushing and 163 total in the first half, Catoctin had 204 yards in the third period.

"We were scared early and (the Leopards) I thought had fire in their eyes," said Catoctin coach Doug Williams. "We didn't get much going early. But we're not just one guy. We've got quick kids and it is always a team effort."

Ben Daniels ran for 31 yards on 14 carries and Derek Smith picked up 23 yards as the Leopards finished with 70 yards on 36 rushes.

Catoctin had five players carry the ball a significant amount and nine players with at least one attempt. The Cougars finished with 221 yards on the ground. May went 11-for-13 for 190 yards and Nowaczyk had six catches for 122 yards.

"To make the playoffs, we need to come back to work Monday and start over," said Orndorff. "(7-3) can make the playoffs."

Catoctin 32, Smithsburg 0

C--Sean Reaver 5 pass from Dylan May (Austin Carter run)

C--Nick Maxey 1 run (run failed)

C--Eric Barbour 12 run (run failed)

C--Paul Barbour 7 run (pass failed)

C--P. Barbour 6 pass from May (pass failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Catoctin, P. Barbour 7-59, E. Barbour 5-42, K. Maxey 7-36, May 8-33, Carter 7-30, N. Maxey 5-13, Bewley 2-10, Patterson 2-(minus-1), Tressler 1-(minus-1); Smithsburg, Daniels 14-31, Smith 7-23, Damuth 3-12, Alexander 5-11, White 3-11, Morgan 4-(minus-17), Sweeney 1-(minus-1).

PASSING--Catoctin, May 11-13-190-0, N. Maxey 0-1-0-0; Smithsburg, Morgan 1-6-11-1.

RECEIVING--Catoctin, Nowaczyk 6-122, Carter 3-34, E. Barbour 1-13, P. Barbour 1-6, Reaver 1-5; Smithsburg, Hartley 1-11.

Catoctin014180--32Smithsburg0000--0CatSmitFirst downs186Rushes-yards44-22136-70Passing yards19011Comp-Att-Int11-14-01-6-1Total offense58-41142-81Punts-avg.5-20.05-38.6Penalties-yards5-302-25Fumbles-lost2-03-2
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