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Smithsburg stops Brunswick at the 1

October 16, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

BRUNSWICK, Md. -- Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff described both his team and Brunswick's on Friday night as being "too Christian."

"Both teams gave too much," Orndorff said.

But when the game was on the line, the Leopards wereƂ slightly less generous.

Smithsburg stopped Brunswick's Paul Walters at the 1-yard line as time expired to preserve a 21-19 road victory under a steady drizzle.

"The nice thing about it was the kids were alert about the play. ... Good gang tackle," Orndorff said.

Who knew a gang tackle would have been necessary? The Railroaders (3-4) had lined up to kick the game-winning field goal with one second left on the clock, but Walters saw a blitz of defenders coming and decided to take off to the near sideline with the ball.

He fought through to the 1, where he was met by defensive backs Ryan Parks and Jay Hartley with zeroes on the clock.

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"Fortunately we had enough guys stay home and they were able to stop (Walters) short," Orndorff said.

The stop at the goal line saved the Leopards, who practically gift wrapped a game-winning opportunity for Brunswick.

With possession and less that 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, Smithsburg lined up to punt from its own 45. A low snap forced punter Taylor Damuth to run the ball, resulting in a 6-yard loss. That set Brunswick up at the Leopards 39 with 1:13 remaining.

The Railroaders ran seven plays, picking up two first downs, to reach the Leopards 6 for the potential go-ahead field goal.

"We tried to give it to them. They tried to give it to us," Orndorff said. "But in the end, it's a good win."

The Leopards scored two touchdowns on Brunswick turnovers and a third following a 15-yard fair catch interference call.

Sawyer Gardenhour recovered a fumbled high snap in the end zone to give Smithsburg a 7-0 lead with 6:41 left in the first half.

After Brunswick went three-and-out on the ensuing possession, a special teamer was flagged 15 yards for interfering with Derek Smith's attempt to make a fair catch of the punt. That set Smithsburg up at its own 44, and on the next play, Ben Daniels ran 56 yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 advantage.

Brunswick answered with an 11-play drive, including third down and fourth-down conversions, before C.J. Shankle ran 21 yards virtually untouched up the middle for a touchdown to cut the gap to 14-7.

Shankle also set up the next Railroaders touchdown, running 63 yards on the first offensive play of the second half. Joey Conrad scored from 3 yards to cut the score to 14-13.

Brunswick failed on its fake kick attempt for the two-point conversion.

"That just goes to show you that a missed extra point can come back to haunt you," Orndorff said. "It put them in a bad position to have to get more points in the end."

Smithsburg took advantage of a muffed punt on the next series, putting the Leopards at the Brunswick 18. Two plays and two Brunswick penalties later, Smith scored from 9 yards for a 21-13 edge with eight minutes left in the third quarter.

Later in the third, Brunswick recovered a Smithsburg fumble at the Leopards 14, which set up a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ian Fisher to Brandon Buhr to cut the deficit to 21-19. Once again, Brunswick attempted to go for the two-point conversion and, once again, the Railroaders failed.

Neither team even sniffed the red zone until Brunswick took over late in the fourth quarter, needing a field goal to win.

Smithsburg 21, Brunswick 19

S -- Sawyer Gardenhour 0 fumble return (Jake Gouff kick)
S -- Ben Daniels 56 run (Gouff kick)
B -- C.J. Shankle 21 run (Brady Nusbaum kick)
B -- Joey Conrad 3 run (run failed)
S -- Derek Smith 9 run (Gouff kick)
B -- Brandon Buhr 10 pass from Ian Fisher (run failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Smithsburg, Payne 1-(minus-2), Morgan 5-0; Damuth 2-(minus-5), Daniels 21-129, Alexander 3-8, Gouff 3-7, Smith 13-36; Brunswick: Conrad 14-45; Fisher 9-(minus-9), Shankle 7-114, Paul Walters 1-6.

PASSING -- Smithsburg: Morgan 2-7-0-38; Brunswick: Fisher 14-23-0-98, Shankle 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING -- Smithsburg: Gouff 1-5, Ryan Parks 1-33; Brunswick, Lawson 3-24, Conrad 4-27, Buhr 6-42, Woullard 1-5.

Smithsburg01470--21Brunswick07120--19SmiBrunFirst downs911Rushes-yards48-17331-156Passing yards38108Comp-Att-Int2-7-014-25-0Total offense55-21156-264Punts-avg.5-35.27-31.6Penalties-yards5-358-70Fumbles-lost2-23-2
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