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Rebels have a cause against Boonsboro

September 23, 2000

Rebels have a cause against Boonsboro



By DAN SPEARS / Staff Writer


BOONSBORO - South Hagerstown coach Greg Kellick says quarterback Domonique Richmond is taking steps to get better.

Friday night against Boonsboro, Richmond took those steps at exactly the right times, leading the Rebels to a 14-7 victory that kept them atop the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"Dom turns a loss into a win," an elated Kellick said. "He's been coming along and doing nothing but get better. He's got 17 games left in that uniform. And I'm real happy about that."

South (2-1, 2-0) had plenty of reasons to be happy against the Warriors (1-2, 1-1) - most of them because of Richmond in the second half. After Zach Eichelberger recovered a Boonsboro fumble at the South 27 with 4 minutes, 35 second left in the third quarter, Richmond went to work.

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On third and 15, he threw a laser into a crosswind that found Tommy Gibson in stride for 35 yards. Again on third and 6, Richmond stayed patient, rolling right and waiting for Ryan Jayne to get open for 13 yards. Then Richmond broke through. At the Boonsboro 16, Zach Yinger blitzed up the middle and had one arm around Richmond, but couldn't bring him down. Instead, the speedy quarterback took off for the right side and threw another bullet that found Jayne in the end zone.

"The line held up real well. I got to set my feet and throw the ball. And the guys caught it," Richmond said. "Everybody did their job."

Richmond just did his job best of all. On South's next drive and the Rebels desperate to run some clock, Richmond got six yards on third and 4 to keep the drive going. He finished with 59 yards rushing on 12 carries.

"He's very elusive and athletic back there," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "And he brings a lot to the table because of that ... escapability. Whenever he needed it in the second half, he got that extra little waggle to make the play."

The Warriors got two more chances, but like most of their opportunities on the night, they failed. And when Richmond intercepted a deep pass inside the South 20 in the final minute, the Rebels had clinched their first win against Boonsboro in nine tries.

"I liked the effort we gave, but we just gave up way too many mistakes," Anders said. "We couldn't make the key plays when we needed them and they did."

The loss tarnished a good night for Boonsboro running back Eddie Moten, who rushed for 146 bruising yards and made a spectacular 24-yard catch in the first half.

"He was about the only thing that worked," Anders said. "We kept looking for something else to go with him, but we didn't do that."

Meanwhile, South did find enough to complement Richmond. Mike Lee had a highlight-reel TD run in the first half and the Rebels' defense forced five turnovers on the night.

Big steps for a team that just busted a 19-game losing streak last week. Now their winning streak stands at two.

"We do a lot of group work, and I think they believe in what we're doing now," Kellick said. "We've said that they have to trust us and we have to trust them. That's happening now."

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