Middletown tops Boonsboro

October 27, 2000

Middletown tops Boonsboro

By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - D.J. Costello saved his best home game for his last home game.

It was an effort which was fitting every accolade imaginable, even though the Middletown senior tailback was the one dealing out all the kudos.

"It was Senior Night and our last time on this field," Costello said after rushing for 329 yards and a touchdown in 28 carries to lead the Knights to a convincing 29-0 victory over Boonsboro.

"The blocking was great ... I won't have got anything if it weren't for the line. I ran tonight like I should have been running every game."


Costello had all the inspiration in the world to put on the best local rushing performance in the area this season. Coach Tim Ambrose said all the inspiration in the world - and Costello's list of variables - had nothing to do with it.

"He did it all himself," Ambrose said. "He ran the way today that we have tried to get him the run his whole time here. But this wasn't a case of us yelling at him, it was that he decided to come out and do it all himself."

Costello didn't take long to prove what he had on his mind.

On Middletown's first play, Costello took an off tackle handoff and set sail full speed ahead, bolting for a 42-yard touchdown to start deflating the sky-high Warriors.

"They got off to a good start," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "They established the line of scrimmage and their running backs were consistently getting to the second and third levels of our defense."

Costello had 105 yards after his first five carries and had 219 yards in 18 tries in the first half. His last carry was a 7-yard run for a first down with seven minutes remaining in the game.

Middletown outgained Boonsboro 537-134, including 446 yards rushing. In fact, Costello outgained the kicks of Boonsboro punter Justin Malott by 37 yards.

The Knights (5-3, 5-2) took a 15-0 halftime lead, as Jack O'Leary scored on a 31-yard field goal and a 24-yard slant pass from quarterback Chris Anderson.

"We were still in it until that slant pass at the end of the half," Anders said. "We weren't playing well, but we were within two scores until then.

Middletown continued to march in the second half while the defense snuffed Boonsboro at every turn, forcing nine punts. The Knights finished with nine runs of more than 15 yards.

"I think it takes more than that first play to knock a team out of it," Ambrose said. "You have to add plays on top of that to deflate a team. We did that today."

Middletown 29, Boonsboro 0



M - D.J. Costello 42 run (kick failed)

M - Jack O'Leary 31 field goal

M - O'Leary 24 pass from Chris Anderson (pass failed)

M - Zach Denton 29 pass from Anderson (O'Leary kick)

M - Scott Harshman 1 run (O'Leary kick)


First downs620


Passing yards5891


Total yards43-13464-537




Records: Boonsboro 4-4, 4-3; Middletown 5-3, 5-2.

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