No. 2 Middletown treats Boonsboro like ducks out of water

October 28, 2002|by BOB PARASILITI

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - The Boonsboro Warriors have been foul-weather fans.

The worse the weather, the better the football team seems to like it. Two of Boonsboro's wins - against Catoctin and Walkersville - came in conditions that had ducks wearing hip boots.

Friday night's conditions should have been perfect for Boonsboro. It was a sloshy, sloppy night, the kind that eliminates speed to even the playing field. Only problem, the Warriors didn't face a fast team.

Josh Keeney rushed for 180 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Middletown plodded and overpowered Boonsboro for a 37-0 victory to prevent another Warrior rain dance.


"We don't have the speed that Walkersville has," Middletown coach Tim Ambrose said. "We're not that type of team. We are more direct kind of team."

Like with mail and long-distance calls, direct was the best approach. Keeney used his power running style behind a Knights' offensive line that kept Boonsboro sliding backwards on the wet turf.

"We didn't control the line of scrimmage," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "You know, the games that we won in the slop, the conditions were much worse on the field. Those were games that you could only go straight ahead. Those guys were much better at that."

Boonsboro (4-4, 4-3) hurt itself with problems with the opening kickoff in each half. The Warriors fumbled the opening kick, allowing Keeney to run three consecutive plays to get the first score, the last on an 8-yard run.

Middletown (7-1, 6-1) opened the second half by running Boonsboro's kick back to the Warrior 28, setting up a 3-yard score for Keeney for his third touchdown. He also scored on runs of 61 and 5 yards.

"You hate to mishandle a kick. It gives them the short field," Anders said. "We had to play at a high level today. The first kick was not what we needed. We needed them to help us out and put the ball on the ground and they didn't."

The Knights, who led 20-0 at the half, also got a 11-yard scoring run by John Boyle and a 27-yard field goal by Will Gawler to cap their scoring.

Middletown outgained Boonsboro, 294-151. Nathan Himes led the Warriors with 50 yards rushing.

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