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All-County Football 2010: Delauter extends LB legacy

December 11, 2010|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com

How did Smithsburg’s Ryan Delauter come to enjoy playing defense over offense?

It’s quite simple, really.

“Carrying the ball is great, but if you score, you get about five seconds of glory and might get nothing else the rest of the game,” Delauter said. “On defense, you really have everything in your hands. What you do makes you the player that you are.”

Then Delauter simplifies it even more.

“I get to put a hurting on people, and that’s an adrenaline rush,” Delauter said.

The Leopards senior put a hurting on many ball carriers looking for that five seconds of glory in 2010 and earned The Herald-Mail’s Washington County Football Defensive Player of the Year honor in the process.

Delauter was first in the county in sacks (9 1/2) and second in both total tackles (93) and tackles for loss (20 1/2) and became the third consecutive Smithsburg linebacker to winthe defensive honor, following brothers Alex and Nieko Akers.

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Not bad for a player who’s only played the position for two years.

“We’re going to miss him big time next year,” said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff. “If you’d have told me he’d be this good a player after watching him as a freshman and sophomore, I’d have just smiled.”

Delauter played in the defensive backfield on the freshman and JV squads before defensive coordinator Terry Verdier moved him to linebacker last season.

He worked with linebackers coach Jay Hartley and learned on the field from Nieko Akers about calling defenses and positioning his teammates.

“He really did a great job for us in calling the plays on defense,” Orndorff said. “From day one, he laid it all on the line. Everything that Ben (Daniels) was to us on offense, Ryan was his defensive counterpart.”

Delauter is also following in the footsteps of the Akers brothers in passing on Smithsburg’s linebacker legacy. His cohort this year, junior Robbie Hogue, had 86 tackles.

“I think he helped Robbie a lot this year,” Orndorff said. “They fed off each other. They’re both good tacklers, both have a nose for the ball. They worked really well together.”

“We’ve been playing together since fourth grade. He’s just a natural out there,” Delauter said. “He’s an outstanding defensive player. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him get this award next year. I’m looking forward to coming back and watching him.”

Joining Delauter on the all-county first team defense are:

Dylan Dopson, DL, North Hagerstown: The junior two-way lineman is receiving some Division I looks. He had 55 tackles and finished second in the county with 8 1/2 sacks.

Alex Fridley, DL, Williamsport: A dominant junior who had 70 tackles, including 26 for losses, and 5 1/2 sacks.

J.R. Lowery, DL, Boonsboro: Another junior who finished with 74 tackles, including eight for losses.

Zach Schreiber, DL, North Hagerstown: The senior had 69 tackles, including 28 solos.

Sam Elwood, LB, Clear Spring: The junior was fifth in the county with 87 tackles, including 56 solos.

Michael Franklin, LB, North Hagerstown: The Hubs’ senior middle linebacker finished the year with 80 tackles and seven sacks.

Trevor Haupt, LB, South Hagerstown: The senior backer led the county in total tackles (104) and solos (65).

Robbie Hogue, LB, Smithsburg: The junior was sixth in the county with 86 tackles, which included 8 1/2 for losses and 29 solo stops.

Eric Davis, DB, Williamsport: The senior cornerback had 49 tackles and six pass breakups. Was also the team’s leading receiver.

Kevin McCormack, DB, Saint James: Teams avoided throwing in the senior’s territory, but finished with 18 tackles and an interception. Also excelled as a receiver with 21 catches for 439 yards and seven touchdowns.

Derek Smith, DB, Smithsburg: Senior safety had 45 tackles, including a couple game-savers, and forced three fumbles. Made contributions on special teams also.

Eli Souders, DB, Hancock: Senior two-way player had 56 tackles, seven interceptions and another five passes defended. Was also the Panthers’ leading rusher and receiver.

Reggie Russ, Utility, Williamsport: The senior defined the utility position with 912 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns, one passing touchdown, 10 receptions, a kick return touchdown, a blocked punt which he returned for a touchdown, four blocked extra points and 71 tackles.

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