By JACK HILL III
11:31 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
After opening the season with two victories, Smithsburg’s football team have found the going tougher the last three weeks.
The Leopards suffered their third straight loss on Friday, a 28-21 setback at home against the Catoctin Cougars in an MVAL Antietam game.
Catoctin (3-2, 2-0) never trailed against Smithsburg (2-3, 0-2). The Cougars got their first two touchdowns by taking advantage of two Leopards turnovers.
Early in the first quarter, Smithsburg fumbled and Catoctin made the recovery at its own 43-yard line. The Cougars quickly moved down the field and scored on Charles Jenkins’ 16-yard touchdown run up the left side. Peyton Laramore made the first of his four extra-point kicks.
With 2:49 to go in the first quarter, Catoctin’s Corey Jochim intercepted a pass at the Cougars 30 and went from the right side to the left side 70 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-0.
With 10:19 left in the second quarter, Devin Watkins broke loose on the left side for a 32-yard touchdown run as Catoctin increased its advantage to 21-0.
The Leopards got on the scoreboard with 8:50 left in the first half when senior Austin Ryan started down the left side, then cut back to the right for a 44-yard touchdown run to narrow the gap to 21-6.
Defense dominated the third quarter. With 6:37 remaining in the fourth, Collin Schildt charged through the middle for a 5-yard touchdown run as Catoctin to expand its lead to 28-6.
Smithsburg junior Caleb Cardone returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards along the right sideline for a touchdown. Zachary Krall threw a conversion pass to Matt Stevens to help the Leopards reduce the deficit to 28-14.
With 1:18 left, Krall scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak and Ryan kicked the extra point as Smithsburg got within 28-21. But then the Cougars ran out the clock to seal the win.
Catoctin 28, Smithsburg 21
Catoctin 14 7 0 7 — 28
Smithsburg 0 6 0 15 — 21
C — Charles Jenkins 16 run (Peyton Laramore kick)
C — Corey Jochim 70 interception return (Laramore kick)
C — Devin Watkins 32 run (Laramore kick)
S — Austin Ryan 44 run (kick failed)
C — Collin Schildt 5 run (Laramore kick)
S — Caleb Cardone 85 kickoff return (Matt Stevens pass from Zachary Krall)
S — Krall 1 run (Ryan kick)
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