Nardo makes difference as Cavs top Leopards

September 17, 2010|By MARK KELLER

SYKESVILLE, Md. -- Smithsburg football coach Buddy Orndorff was already soaking wet when Thursday's game at South Carroll kicked off.

That was about the only clue Orndorff had that the teams were playing in a driving rain. South Carroll certainly gave no indication with the way it ran its offense.

"Heck, the way they threw the ball around out there, it looked like a sunny day at the beach," Orndorff said. "Their quarterback is a difference maker."

Cavaliers quarterback Anthony Nardo did, in fact, make all the difference, running for three touchdowns and throwing for another in South Carroll's 41-6 win over the Leopards.


The Cavaliers (3-0) have been rolling so far this season, outscoring their opponents 138-13. Smithsburg (1-2) is the second straight Washington County team to fall victim to South Carroll.

"You see what they did to Boonsboro last week, and Boonsboro is a pretty good team," Orndorff said. "So we knew we were going to have our hands full tonight."

Nardo made sure of that, and did so quickly. He ran four times for 32 yards and completed 5 of 5 passes for 47 yards on the opening drive of the game, capping it with a 17-yard touchdown pass on a middle screen to Ben McCarty to give the Cavaliers an early 7-0 lead.

Just over a minute later, McCarty struck again, receiving a punt at his own 44-yard line and taking it 56 yards for a touchdown and a 13-0 South Carroll advantage.

Following a three-and-out by the Leopards, South Carroll's Logan Malane blocked a punt while fighting off a Smithsburg blocker. The Cavaliers took advantage of the great field position, going 20 yards in three plays. Nardo finished with a 7-yard scoring run for a 20-0 lead.

Still in the first quarter, Smithsburg's Justin Scott was picked off by Ryan MacIvor in Leopards territory, again giving South Carroll highly favorable field position. This time, McCarty carried for 4 and 27 yards to make the score 27-0 with 2:25 left in the period.

"Yeah, the blocked punt and the interception, those certainly made it a little easier for them," Orndorff said. "We didn't need to help them out like that."

The Leopards finally got a little bit of offense going as Ben Daniels began to find some running room off the tackles. But twice Smithsburg drove inside the South Carroll 30 only to stall.

It took a break similar to those the Cavaliers got in the first quarter to get Smithsburg on the board. After the Leopards foced a South Carroll punt, Dylan Ianaro blocked the kick and the Leopards recovered on the 6-yard line.

An encroachment penalty moved the ball to the 3 and Daniels punched it in from there to make it 27-6.

The Cavaliers stuck mainly to the running game from there, with McCarty and Nardo sharing the bulk of the workload. Nardo scored on a 9-yard run with 28 seconds left in the first half, then added an 8-yard touchdown run with 7:45 to go in the third. A two-point conversion pass gave South Carroll a 35-point lead and activated the running clock.

Daniels finished with 101 yards rushing on 21 carries for the Leopards. Thomas Smith caight three passes for 66 yards, including a 53-yard gainer in the second quarter.

"After the Walkersville game, there weren't a lot of bright spots for us," Orndorff said. "We did some things right tonight, ran the ball pretty well, threw it decent. There was some light at the the end of the tunnel tonight."

South Carroll 41, Smithsburg 6

Smithsburg 0 6 0 0 -- 6

South Carroll 27 6 8 0 -- 41

SC -- Ben McCarty 17 pass from Anthony Nardo (Chris Frederick kick)

SC -- McCarty 56 punt return (kick failed)

SC -- Nardo 7 run (Frederick kick)

SC -- McCarty 27 run (Frederick kick)

S -- Ben Daniels 3 run (run failed)

SC -- Nardo 9 run (kick failed)

SC -- Nardo 8 run (Joe Wright pass from Nardo)

Smit SC

First downs 9 14

Rushes-yards 41-128 33-153

Passing yards 66 83

Comp-Att-Int 3-11-2 8-12-0

Total offense 52-194 45-236

Punts-avg. 2-12.0 3-26.0

Penalties-yards 2-10 3-13

Fumbles-lost 3-1 3-1


RUSHING--Smithsburg, Daniels 21-101, D. Smith 6-30, Alexander 5-5, Scott 4-2, Needy 1-1, Hogue 1-0, Spickler 3-(minus-11); South Carroll, Nardo 14-73, McCarty 10-62, MacIvor 1-10, Patrick 3-8, Breno 1-2, Jaeger 1-1, Mullen 1-0, Sattler 2-(minus-3).

PASSING--Smithsburg, Scott 1-7-1-53, Spickler 2-4-1-13; South Carroll, Nardo 8-12-0-83.

RECEIVING--Smithsburg, T. Smith 3-66; South Carroll, Mullen 4-32, Hettchen 2-27, McCarty 1-17, MacIvor 1-7.

Records: Smithsburg 1-2; South Carroll 3-0.

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