Smithsburg rolls past Key, 43-12

September 24, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Knowing how to win. That, Francis Scott Key coach Mike Coons insists, is the difference between Smithsburg and his Eagles.

Smithsburg recovered from a shaky start to eventually roll past Key, 43-12, in Uniontown.

"The difference between them and us is they know how to win and we know how to lose -- we need to turn that around," Coons said.

"We just need to beat one of these good teams. We're a real good team waiting to bust out."

Running back Bill Reuter ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Leopards, who also got a 118-yard, two-touchdown effort from Brian Catania.

The Eagles (1-2) had a golden opportunity to score first when Smithsburg (3-0) fumbled the opening kickoff on its 36.

Key's Chris Richardson ran up the middle two straight times for 19 yards and when quarterback J.T. Chiaruttini rolled out for 8, the Eagles had the ball first-and-goal on the Smithsburg 9.

The Leopards' defense, which hadn't allowed a point in its first two wins, shut down running back Cortney Woodyard four straight times -- the last a fourth-and-goal at the 1 -- to keep the Eagles out of the end zone.

Three plays later, Smithsburg quarterback Eric Meredith threw a screen to wide-out Elmer Sewell, who went 85 yards down the right sideline for the score.

"They don't give you many chances. We had some opportunities and shot ourselves in the foot," Coons said. "We had some little victories, but that just doesn't make it. We just can't finish things."

With Key still trailing 7-0 late in the first quarter, Richardson intercepted a Meredith pass near midfield and brought it back 43 yards to the Smithsburg 5. Two plays later, Woodyard took it in from the two to get the Eagles on the board. It was the first time the Eagles scored on Smithsburg in five years.

Smithsburg kept the lead after Richardson's point-after was blocked and made it 14-6 with 4:06 left in the half when Reuter completed a four-play, 20-yard drive with a 4-yard run.

On the subsequent kickoff, Richardson took a reverse from Woodyard and went 62 yards down the right side to the Smithsburg 28, but little else went right for the Eagles after that.

On fourth-and-eight at the Smithsburg 26, Sewell intercepted a Chiaruttini pass and returned it 28 yards to the Smithsburg 49. Five plays later, Reuter scored on a 4-yard run. Smithsburg took a 23-6 lead at the half with a safety on a mishandled Key punt.

The Leopards put it away in the third quarter.

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