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High School Football: Leopards' win is no vacation as Condo's TD just in time

October 19, 2012|By CURT HORNBECKER | curt.hornbecker@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — A stout Clear Spring defense — aided by a Smithsburg team insistent upon shooting itself in the foot — needed just one more stop to walk away with a victory Friday night.

But the Leopards managed to limp to a 7-6 win on Dalton Condo’s 1-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

With just more than four minutes left, Clear Spring (3-5) had possession on its own 5-yard line. After picking up a first down, three straight rushing plays and a penalty put the ball on the 7. Austin Ryan fielded the ensuing punt on the Blazers’ 39 and sprinted down the left sideline before being pushed out of bounds at the Clear Spring 7.

A Smithsburg penalty moved the ball back to the 12 before Condo hauled in a 7-yard pass from Zachary Krall. On second-and-goal from the 5, a keeper by Krall put the ball six inches from the goal line, before Condo ran off right tackle and dived into the end zone.

Another Smithsburg penalty on the PAT attempt made Ryan’s kick a little longer, but it sailed easily through the uprights for the winning margin.

Clear Spring scored its only touchdown with just seconds remaining in the first period. It came at the end of an 11-play, 82-yard march in which quarterback Ryan Aaron completed four passes for 48 yards before running it in from 10 yards out.

The Leopards (3-5) had a golden opportunity to score late in the second period, marching 77 yards to the Clear Spring 5.

Ryan picked up 72 yards on just four carries, but a Smithsburg penalty nullified a touchdown and pushed the ball back to the 10. Two incomplete passes ended the drive with nothing to show for it.

Clear Spring had its own golden opportunity to begin the fourth period, thanks to the Blazers’ defense. Smithsburg failed on two chances to gain 1 yard and turned the ball over on downs at its own 34. Jesse Gentry picked up 11 yards on two carries, giving Clear Spring a first down at the Leopards 24, but Smithsburg’s defense stiffened, forcing the Blazers to lose 10 yards in the next four plays.   

Ryan finished the game with 147 yards rushing on 27 carries.

Aaron finished with 123 yards passing, completing 9 of 20 with two interceptions.

Smithsburg 7, Clear Spring 6
Smithsburg    0    0    0    7    —    7
Clear Spring    6    0    0    0    —    6
First Quarter
CS—Ryan Aaron 10 run (kick failed)
Fourth Quarter

S—Dalton Condo 1 run (Austin Ryan kick)

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