Fisher shreds Leopards through air

September 23, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • Brunswick quarterback Ian Fisher (9) tries to slip out of the grasp of a Smithsburg defender during Friday night's football game at Coach Carroll Reid Field.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — At 6-foot-6, Ian Fisher can see anywhere on the field from his quarterback position in Brunswick’s shotgun offense.

The big 255-pounder connected on his first 13 passes and threw for 407 yards, leading Brunswick to a 35-7 victory over Smithsburg at Carroll Reid Field on Friday night in the MVAL Antietam opener.

“He’s a man among boys,” said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff after watching Fisher complete 31 of 44 passes with two touchdowns, along with two interceptions. “You just don’t have anyone that you can put in there to mirror him in practice.”

The Railroaders (3-1, 1-0) — once they got on the field after Smithsburg controlled the ball for seven minutes after the opening kickoff without scoring — ran a no-huddle with four receivers, all quite often on the same side of the field.

Against Smithsburg’s zone defense, Fisher found seven different receivers.

Fisher had been averaging 22 completions per game through the first three games of the young season, and he exceeded that easily with a variety of dump passes over the middle and outside swing passes.

It was the last drive and TD pass that didn’t sit too well with the Leopards’ brass.

With 3:06 remaining and the game in hand as the Railroaders led 29-7 and took possession at their own 30, Fisher directed one last scoring drive that ended with a 12-yard pass to Blaine Price.

“At that time of the game (Brunswick) must have thought we still had a 22-point offense to come from behind right away,” said Orndorff. “They must have needed that 35th point to ice the game.”

Smithsburg (2-2, 0-1) moved the ball to Brunswick’s 13 on the opening possession behind the rushing efforts of Zach Krall and Robbie Hogue, but the drive stalled on fourth-and-4 with 5:07 left.

Brunswick’s first drive ended when Fisher scored from the 9 after he completed five passes, including a 38-yarder to Jake Struss, who caught nine passes for 142 yards.

Fisher hit Struss with a 35-yard scoring strike 51 seconds into the second quarter. After recovering an onside kick, the Railroaders scored again when Tate Rolland ran in from the 5 for a 19-0 lead.

The Leopards answered with a 5-yard score from Austin Ryan with 41 seconds left in the first quarter.

Rolland had a 30-yard field goal and Joey Conrad scored early in the fourth quarter for Brunswick.

The Leopards, who gained 151 yards rushing — led by Krall’s 71 on 24 carries — were in the red zone three other times but failed to score.

“We just had too many mistakes,” said Orndorff. “You work on avoiding those, but we just don’t focus for an entire game.”

Price also caught 10 passes for 107 yards.

Brunswick 35, Smithsburg 7
Brunswick    6    13    3    13    —    35
Smithsburg    0    7    0    0    —    7
First Quarter
B—Ian Fisher 9 run (run failed)
Second Quarter
B—Jake Struss 35 pass from Fisher (kick failed)
B—Tate Rolland 5 run (Rolland kick)
S—Austin ryan 5 run (Clayton Layman kick)
Third Quarter
B—Rolland 30 field goal
Fourth Quarter
B—Joey Conrad 1 run (Rolland kick)
B—Blaine Price 12 pass from Fisher (kick failed)

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