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Boonsboro defeats Liberty

September 05, 1998|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - A lackluster offensive showing in the second half had Clayton Anders playing for overtime, and hoping for the best.

But Scott Kaetzel and the Boonsboro defense had other ideas.

After a Phil Physioc punt pinned Liberty on its own 3-yard line with three minutes remaining, the Warriors defense jarred the football loose, and Kaetzel pounced on it, setting up Chris Dankmeyer's 1-yard plunge for the game-winning score in Boonsboro's 13-7, season-opening, non-league win Friday night.

"At that point in the game," said Anders, "we thought the guy who was going to beat us was (Calvin Stacey). So we put an extra guy on him and just hoped for the best. We got a break."

That wasn't the only break Boonsboro got. The Lions had two opportunities to take the lead in the second half with a field goal, but Kevin Hurlbrink broke through on both occasions to block the potential go-ahead score.

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"I was just hoping (Liberty) didn't get the go-ahead score, and we could hold them down," said the Warriors senior. "We have a special play designed for that, and I guess it worked; we wound up on top."

Ironically, it was a field goal attempt the Warriors didn't try that led to Liberty's only score. With the ball on the Lions 11 and a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, Boonsboro opted to go for the first down on a fourth-and-four situation. Liberty took over on downs, and three plays later, Stacey romped 88 yards for the tying touchdown.

Boonsboro took the lead on its first possession, driving 60 yards in eight plays with Jason Reeder scampering around the right side from 16 yards out.

The Warriors offense, which gained 145 yards rushing in the first half and moved the ball almost at will, came to a grinding halt in the second half, with just 20 yards of total offense.

"Their defensive line dominated the second half," said Anders. "I don't know if we were fatigued, or if we were just overmatched."

Kaetzel's fumble recovery was his second of the game, as Boonsboro's defense recovered three Lions fumbles and intercepted one pass, while allowing 282 yards in total offense.

Dankmeyer's 86 yards rushing led the Warriors offense, while Stacey finished with 167 yards for Liberty.

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