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Fumble fuels Dankmeyer in Warriors win over Lions

September 28, 1998|By MARK KELLER

BOONSBORO - There probably aren't many running backs that would say they were happy to have fumbled the football.

But, believe it or not, that's exactly what Boonsboro's Chris Dankmeyer said Friday night.

"I'm kind of glad it happened. It happened last week (against South Hagerstown), too," Dankmeyer said. "It lights a fire under me and gives me a little more determination."

As it turned out, Dankmeyer didn't have to wait long to show that determination. After fumbling the ball in the fourth quarter, he broke a 60-yard touchdown run in the Warriors' next series to seal a 21-7 win over Walkersville in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"That's what football is about. You've gotta get over your mistakes and not let it bother you," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. "Mistakes are going to bother you, but you have to let them go so that you can make the next play."

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Dankmeyer's run came against a Walkersville defense that was growing more aggressive as the game wore on. But the Lions' aggression backfired when the defensive line stunted itself right out of the play.

"That's something we knew they were going to do," Anders said. "They stunted into a lot of plays, but sometimes you catch it going the other way. We knew if that happened, we could hit on a big one."

Dankmeyer also doubled his rushing yardage on that one play, and he finished the night with 144 yards on 22 carries.

The Warriors (3-1, 2-1) took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter. Quarterback Tyler Moser rolled to his right, got a block from his pulling guard and found Luke Barnette in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown. The score capped a 9-play, 58-yard drive.

Later in the period, Boonsboro drove inside the Walkersville 30 before Lane Strobel picked off a Moser pass. The Lions (2-2, 2-1) fumbled the ball right back, and on the next play, Barnette streaked around left end for a 24-yard touchdown.

Walkersville took the opening kickoff in the second half and drove straight down the field, going 71 yards in 12 plays to pull within 14-7. Cory Hoffman scored on a 2-yard plunge.

Penalties, coupled with Boonsboro's tough run defense, helped keep the Lions from scoring again. Walkersville had two runs of more than 15 yards brought back on penalties in one fourth-quarter drive. In all, Walkersville was penalized 10 times for 87 yards. Seven of those flags flew in the fourth quarter.

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