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Leopards squash Rebels

September 25, 2010|By TIM KOELBLE
  • Smithsburg's Ben Daniels, left, jumps over a South Hagerstown defender (not pictured) during Friday's MVAL Antietam football game at School Stadium.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

Being considered an underdog against a Washington County opponent always puts some fuel into Smthsburg football coach Buddy Orndorff.

His Leopards came out focused with a game plan from the opening kickoff and downed South Hagerstown 32-12 on Friday night at School Stadium in the MVAL Antietam Conference opener.

"Being an underdog always motivates me, and tonight we were focused," said Orndorff.

Without having run a play on offense, South (1-3, 0-1) trailed 13-0 with 6:48 left in the first quarter.

After receiving the opening kickoff, Smithsburg (2-2, 1-0) marched 65 yards, with Ben Daniels romping 53 yards to paydirt -- breaking three tackles at the line and another three tackles in the secondary.

A planned squib kick worked perfectly, as the Leopards fell on the ball and began their next series at the South 35-yard line. A key fourth-and-6 play in which Robert Hogue gained 10 yards set up a 15-yard scoring pass from Justin Scott to Thomas Smith.

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Another squib kick nearly worked, but South finally gained possession and ran its first play from scrimmage.

"We weren't about to kick to 19 (Nick Stubbs)," said Orndorff. "I've seen him do enough against us before."

Without anything clicking on offense, South spent most of the first half playing defense. Smithsburg controlled the line of scrimmage and hit the Rebels with two more scores in the second quarter.

Daniels ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 4:09 left in the half, and with 22.7 seconds remaining, Scott teamed with Cullan Ganley on a 56-yard catch-and-run with Ganley threading the sideline.

"We were overpowered by Walkersville and South Carroll, and after watching South on film we thought we matched up much better against them," said Orndorff.

Especially when Daniels had the ball. The senior tailback ran for 113 yards by halftime and ended with 255 yards on 30 carries, including a 72-yard run with 2:55 left in the game on a fourth-and-2 coming out of a timeout.

"Our offensive line showed up tonight and that's why (Daniels) ran," said Orndorff.

South managed to penetrate the Smithsburg defense for the first time in the third quarter, reaching the Rebels 6. After a 5-yard loss, South was unsuccessful on a pass play on fourth-and-10.

South finally scored at the start of the fourth quarter when it went to the spread offense. Quarterback Hunter Phillips hooked up with Desmond Meade on a 19-yard score.

On its next possession, South made it 26-12 when Phillips zeroed in on Jordan Nicewarner and completed a 44-yard TD pass with 4:53 to go.

The Rebels moved the ball again on their next possession, reaching the Smithsburg 28 before Brad Spickler intercepted a Phillips pass, setting up Smithsburg's final tally.

"Bottom line, (Smithsburg) won the line of scrimmage," said South coach Toby Peer. "We just weren't focused coming out. We did nothing different in the second half. We just have to improve execution."

Smithsburg netted 456 yards while South had 318, including 128 yards on 19 carries by Stubbs.

"(Cornerback) Derek Smith did a good job for us defensively on Stubbs," said Orndorff. "He made some great open-field tackles that kept Stubbs from getting bigger yards."

Meade led all receivers with six catches for 59 yards and drew some praise from his coach.

"This kid was out there sick, throwing up on the sideline, and he still played his position with a passion," said Peer.

Smithsburg 32, South Hagerstown 12
Smithsburg 13 13 0 6 -- 32
South 0 0 0 12 -- 12

Sm--Ben Daniels 53 run (Cullan Ganley kick)

Sm--Thomas Smith 15 pass from Justin Scott (kick failed)

Sm--Daniels 11 run (Ganley kick)

Sm--Ganley 56 pass from Scott (kick failed)

SH--Desmond Meade 19 pass from Hunter Phillips (kick failed)

SH-Jordan Nicewarner 44 pass from Phillips (pass failed)

Sm--Daniels 72 run (kick failed)

Smith SH

First downs 18 17

Rushes-yards 45-285 34-147

Passing yards 113 171

Comp-Att-Int 8-10-1 14-26-1

Total offense 55-456 60-318

Punts-avg. 2-30.0 2-24.5

Penalties-yards 4-30 7-52

Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Smithsburg, Daniels 30-255, Hogue 8-31, D. Smith 5-8, Scott 2-(minus-9); South, Stubbs 19-128, Phillips 16-19.

PASSING--Smithsburg, Scott 8-10-1-113; South, Phillips 14-26-1,171.

RECEIVING--Smithsburg, T. Smith 3-24, Ganley 2-62, Morral 3-27; South, Meade 6-59, Kitchens 3-44, Nicewarner 2-53, Davis 2-16, Stubbs 1-(minus-3).

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

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