Clear Spring keeps playoff hopes alive with win

October 31, 2009


FRONT ROYAL, Va. -- Craig Bathgate will be wearing a purple T-shirt under his Clear Spring coaching shirt this week.

"I'm going to be a (Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff) fan this week," Bathgate said. "If he beats Boonsboro and we can beat Williamsport, we're in."

As in the playoffs. The Blazers kept their improbable dream of earning a Maryland Class 1A West playoff berth alive on Saturday by scoring a pair of first-half TDs before relying on their defense to bring home a 14-7 victory over Ranolph-Macon Academy. The drama will play out next weekend during Rivalry Week games.

Adam Mellott pushed in from the 1 to give the Blazers a 6-0 lead before RMA scored on a 60-yard run for a 7-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.


Mike Etzel scored from the 7 in the second quarter and Sam Adams ran in the conversion to give Clear Spring all the points it needed to move its record to 5-4 and move to the doorstep of the program's first-ever playoff bid.

"I'm not surprised at where we're at. We have secretly been gunning for this," Bathgate said. "After we won those three games in a row, we thought we had a chance. We were shooting ourselves in the foot early in the season, but the kids have hung in there."

The game turned into a battle in the middle of the field after Clear Spring's second score. The Blazers turned the ball over on downs three times inside RMA's 30. Meanwhile, the defense picked off three passes and recovered a fumble to protect the lead.

The Blazers rolled up 201 yards offensively. Jon Connors led Clear Spring with 84 yards rushing on 15 carries, while Mellott hit on 5 of 15 passes for 40 yards. He was intercepted once.

Hancock 38, Bucktail 22

RENOVA, Pa. -- Dakota Clark rushed for 87 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead Hancock past Bucktail (2-6).

Clark scored on a 1-yard run and caught a 17-yard TD pass from Garrett Wiles for the Panthers (4-4). Nick Lanehart had 105 yards on eight carries, including a 15-yard score. Tanner Dobrzanski had six rushes for 62 yards, including a 53-yard TD. Tanner Faith had a 1-yard TD run.

H -- Tanner Dobrzanski 53 run (Dobrzanski run)
B -- 2 run (run good)
H -- Dakota Clark 1 run (Clark run)
H -- Clark 17 pass from Garrett Wiles (Dobrzanski run)
H -- Nick Lanhart 15 run (run failed)
H -- Tanner Faith 1 run (Faith run)
B -- 15 run (run good)
B -- 15 pass (kick failed)

RUSHING -- Hancock,Lanhart 8-105, Clark 15-87, Dobrzanski 6-62, Wiles 8-26, Faith 8-16, Nick Harvey 1-5, Hunter McKinley 2-2.
PASSING -- Hancock, Wiles 3-8-33
RECEIVING -- Hancock, Clark 1-17, Eli Souders 2-16.

Saint James 31, Sidwell Friends 14

WASHINGTON -- Jamie Peterson hooked up twice with Mande Magassouba on touchdown passes of 6 and 5 yards to lead Saint James past Sidwell Friends (2-7).

Dylan Zimmerman had touchdown runs of 1 and 3 yards and intercepted a pass, and Hal Smith, Will Smith and Mo Townes had two sacks each for the Saints (3-3).

SJ -- safety Kevin McCormack
SJ -- Mande Magassouba 6 pass from Jamie Peterson (kick failed)
SJ -- Tommy Wagner 30 FG
SJ -- Dylan Zimmerman 3 run (Wagner kick failed)
SJ -- Zimmerman 1 run (Wagner kick)
SJ -- Maggsouba 5 pass from Peterson (Wagner kick)
S -- 30 run (run good)
S -- 1 run (run failed)

Hancock81668--38Bucktail80014--22HanBuckFirst downs197Rushes-yards48-29729-37Passing yards33129Comp-Att-Int3-8-010-20-2Total offense56-33049-166Punts-avg.0.05-16Fumbles-lost4-25-3St. James89140--31Sidwell00014--14SJSidFirst downs1116Rushes-yards26-7142-56Passing yards118161Comp-Att-Int10-19-012-26-2Total offense45-189468-217Penalties-yards.4-356-52
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