High School Football: Railroaders slip past Leopards

September 21, 2012|By WILL ROBINSON | Staff Correspondent

BRUNSWICK, Md. — Friday’s football game between Smithsburg and Brunswick came down to the wire, but in the end the Railroaders found some late magic to earn a 27-20 MVAL Antietam victory.

With the game tied at 20 in the fourth quarter, Smithsburg recovered an onside kick, setting up a drive on Brunswick’s 35-yard line. A third-down pass by quarterback Zach Krall was broken up by Brunswick defensive back Shane Gerstner, setting up a fourth-and-9 play.

Gerstner picked off Krall’s fourth-down pass and returned it to Smithsburg’s 36, which set up quarterback Collin Nusbaum’s game-winning pass to receiver Blaine Price.

“The onside kick that we couldn’t do anything with kind of killed us,” said Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff.

“We were pretty closely matched with Smithsburg for the entire game and whoever had the last play was gonna win it,” said Brunswick coach Patt Foster. “We’re lucky enough that we got the last play.”

Smithsburg (2-2, 0-1) jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first half, scoring the game’s first two touchdowns. Krall threw a 5-yard score to running back Matthew Stevens in the first quarter. Krall then scored himself on a 5-yard keeper in the second.

Brunswick (2-2, 1-0) came storming back to take a 14-13 lead by halftime. Jensen Foster scored his first of two rushing touchdowns, a 13-yard run up the gut with no Smithsburg defenders near him. After a Smithsburg punt, Nusbaum finished off a 70-yard drive with a 6-yard keeper.

Nusbaum finished 17-for-28 for 203 yards, his only touchdown pass the game-winner.

Nusbaum came into Friday’s game with 1,032 yards passing and nine touchdowns.

“I would say this was our worst offensive showing of the season,” said Patt Foster. “We were frustrated there for a while in the first half, some things didn’t go our way, but credit goes to Smithsburg for that. They played us tough all night.”

Nusbaum was picked up by Jensen Foster and the Brunswick running game. Foster scored his second rushing touchdown in the third quarter to extend Brunswick’s lead to 20-13 and finished with 97 yards on the ground.

Smithsburg scored its final touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter on a 5-yard rush by Mike Conrad, who led all Smithsburg runners with 84 yards rushing.

“I was really glad our boys didn’t go away. We kept fighting the whole game but Brunswick beat us. Hat’s off to them especially for taking a knee on its final drive, that was a classy move on their part,” said Orndorff.

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