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Warriors capitalize on Leopards' mistakes

November 11, 2000|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Warriors capitalize on Leopards' mistakes



SMITHSBURG - Mistakes happen. But for the Smithsburg football team, the timing of those mistakes could have been better.

To make matters worse, Boonsboro took full advantage of those errors, and walked away with a 28-0 win against its cross-county rival in the season finale for both teams.

The Leopards were not without opportunities, but penalties, fumbles, and missed blocks kept them off the scoreboard.

"I thought the difference was our inability to capitalize on field position at critical times," said Leopards coach Buddy Orndorff. "We just kind of self-destructed in those situations."

Smithsburg's opening drive lasted over seven minutes before fizzling on the Warriors 29. Late in the second period, a 34-yard march died on the Boonsboro 36, and a third-quarter drive stalled at the Warriors' 24 after a fumble put Smithsburg (1-9) in a third-and-12 situation.

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Meanwhile, the Warriors (6-4) took care of business, taking a 7-0 lead on a 43-yard march with Zach Yinger sweeping around the right side for a 17-yard touchdown. But it was the passing game in its opening series that opened things up for Boonsboro.

"(The Leopards) were jumping all over our running game," said Warriors coach Clayton Anders, "and we just decided to start airing things out to get things going."

Completions of 32, 14 and five yards took Boonsboro to the Smithsburg five, but a penalty pushed the ball back to the 15 before Chris Winpigler's 32-yard field goal try was blocked.

"I thought that long pass they got early in the game really ignited them," said Orndorff.

The backbreaker for Smithsburg, however, was an 80-yard march that resulted in a six-yard touchdown pass from Chris Wright to Andy Kaetzel as time expired at the half, for a 14-0 advantage.

And if that didn't do it, the Warriors' 70-yard drive to open the second half - with Justin Malott pounding in from the two - certainly did. Malott and Yinger accounted for all but four of the 70 yards on eight running plays.

"The linemen started to open some really big holes in the second half," said Yinger. "They really got fired up at halftime."

Boonsboro finished with 216 yards rushing for the game.

Boonsboro 28, Smithsburg 0

Boonsboro01477-28

Smithsburg0000-0

B-Zach Yinger 17 run (Chris Winpigler kick)

B-Andy Kaetzel 6 pass from Chris Wright (Winpigler kick)

B-Justin Malott 2 run (Winpigler kick)

B-Wright 1 run (Winpigler kick)

BoonsSmiths

First downs189

Rushes-yds43-21637-137

Passes-comp-int14-6-07-4-0

Passing yds7818

Total offense294155

Punts-avg3-26.75-33.6

Penalties-yds4-254-30

Fumbles-lost0-02-0

Records: Boonsboro 6-4, 6-3; Smithsburg 1-9, 0-9.

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