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Walkersville manhandles Smithsburg

September 11, 2010|By CHRIS CARTER

WALKERSVILLE, Md. -- Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff insisted Friday night that he has one of the best tailbacks in the area in senior Ben Daniels.

Obviously, Walkersville falls outside of what Orndorff considers the "area."

The Lions held Daniels to 19 yards on 14 carries -- less than 1.4 yards per carry -- while their workhorse Quentin Ezell racked up 168 yards and two touchdowns as Walkersville rumbled to a 46-7 victory in its home opener.

"(Daniels) got hit by everybody except the waterboy," Orndorff said. "You can tell that Walkersville spent a lot of time in the weight room. They dominated up front on offense and defense. We have some good players on the offensive and defensive lines and (Walkersville) just manhandled us."

Smithsburg (1-1) netted just 32 yards rushing while allowing 279 to the Lions, who have totaled 96 points in their first two games of the season.

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Walkersville (2-0) peppered in its efficient passing game, with Brady Policelli connecting with Jacob Miller four times for 80 yards in the first half -- two of those for touchdowns.

"They're a good (Maryland Class) 2A school. They're for real," Orndorff said. "(Miller) is a heck of a receiver, the quarterback is good, they have two good tailbacks and the fullback is good. ... They're just good."

The Lions opened the game by marching 80 yards on 10 plays, culminating with a 9-yard touchdown run by Ezell for a 7-0 lead with 8:04 left in the first quarter.

Jose Depadua, who shares the backfield with Ezell, added a 3-yard rushing score before Policelli connected with Miller from 39 and 18 yards to give Walkersville a 25-0 lead at halftime.

The final two scoring drives took a combined 46 seconds to unfold. The last touchdown resulted after Walkersville took over on downs at its own 25-yard line. Ezell had a 42-yard run, Smithsburg committed a personal foul and Policelli found Miller on a fade for the score.

Meanwhile, Smithsburg ran 21 plays in the first half and netted just 16 yards of offense.

"I learned a long time ago that you can't block for them and you can't tackle for them," Orndorff said.

The Leopards finally showed signs of life on the opening drive of the second half. They covered 70 yards in eight plays -- helped by a pair of Walkersville penalties -- and Justin Scott hit Cullan Ganley for a 39-yard touchdown strike to cut the score to 25-7 with 8:38 left in the third quarter.

But Walkersville answered just more than two minutes later when Ezell found paydirt for the second time in the game.

On the ensuing Leopards drive, Xavier Stewart intercepted a Scott pass and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown to make it 39-7 with 5:28 left in the period.

Walkersville reserves trickled into the game from there and continued to hold Smithsburg at bay. Backup running back Forrest Parker scored from 5 yards out with seven minutes left to put the running clock into effect.

Scott finished 5-for-11 for 101 yards -- 97 of which went to Ganley -- for the Leopards. Tyler Alexander was the leading rusher with 42 yards and Cody Betson provided one of only a few defensive highlights when he intercepted a pass in the first half.

Depadua complimented Ezell with 63 yards on 12 carries and Stewart added three sacks in addition to his interception return for a touchdown.

Walkersville 46, Smithsburg 7

Smithsburg 0 0 7 0 -- 7

Walkersville 7 18 14 7 -- 46

W -- Quentin Ezell 9 run (Brady Policelli kick)

W -- Jose Depadua 3 run (kick failed)

W -- Jacob Miller 39 pass from Policelli (run failed)

W -- Miller 18 pass from Policelli (run failed)

S -- Cullan Ganley 39 pass from Justin Scott (Ben Daniels kick)

W -- Q. Ezell 3 run (Policelli kick)

W -- Xavier Steward 35 interception return (Policelli kick)

W -- Forrest Parker 5 run (Policelli kick)

Smith Walk

First downs 8 21

Rushes-yards 30-32 45-279

Passing yards 124 99

Comp-Att-Int 8-14-1 5-9-1

Total offense 44-156 54-378

Punts-avg. 3-29.7 2-40

Penalties-yards 7-58 9-57

Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Smithsburg, Tyler Alexander 8-42, Daniels 14-19, Robby Hogue 1-3, Brad Spickler 2-(minus 4), Thomas Smith 1-(minus 13), Scott 4-(minus 15); Walkersville, Q. Ezell 18-168, Depadua 12-63, Parker 7-26, J.B. Wiliams 2-15, Avery Ezell 3-13, C.J. Walters 1-0, Josh Kutchey 2-(minus 6).

PASSING -- Smithsburg, Scott 5-11-1-101, Spickler 3-3-0-23; Walkersville, Policelli 4-5-0-80, Kutchey 1-4-1-19.

RECEIVING -- Smithsburg, Ganley 4-97, Smith 4-27; Walkersville, Miller 4-80, A. Ezell 1-19.

Records: Smithsburg 1-1; Walkersville 2-0.

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