Boonsboro tops North-prep football

November 04, 2002|by DAN KAUFFMAN

BOONSBORO - With one spectacular play to end the first half Friday night, Boonsboro's football team brought the crowd to its feet and North Hagerstown's building momentum crashing to the ground.

Using a play added to the playbook the day before, running back Nathan Himes lined up in the shotgun, took the snap with 11 seconds left in the half, rolled left and hit quarterback Brett Morrell - who lined up split out as a wide receiver to the left - in stride between two defenders on a post pattern for a 55-yard touchdown bomb and a 19-7 halftime lead as the Warriors defeated the Hubs 25-7 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"I threw it up, and I knew I wasn't going to overthrow him, he's the fastest guy on the team," Himes, who also ran for 135 yards and three touchdowns, said of the pass to Morrell.


"Nate's got one (heck) of an arm, and he can throw it a long way," Morrell said. "I just had to run under it. ... I've always wanted to play wide receiver ever since I was a little kid. I knew Himes could throw it down there better than I could anyway."

Behind the running of Morrell (25 of his 45 yards came on his first two runs) and Himes, Boonsboro (5-4, 5-3) jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Himes scored on runs of 10 and 1 yards in the quarter.

North (2-7, 2-6) countered by feeding the ball to fullback Derrick Keith. The 212-pound junior ran for 132 yards - most of it with little blocking help - and his 10-yard touchdown catch from Quielan Gantt cut the lead to 13-7 with 2:13 left in the half and seemed to change the momentum over to the Hubs.

"Derrick took this offense and put it on his back," North coach Danny Cunningham said. "He was the man carrying the ball tonight, and I was real pleased with his performance."

Hubs defensive back Bobby Waugh intercepted a Morrell pass at the Boonsboro 41-yard line with 1:31 in the half. But the Hubs gave it back when, on first-and-15, Gantt's pass to David Miller went through Miller's hands and into Boonsboro defensive back Josh Guyer's.

Given an opportunity, Warriors coach Clayton Anders called on the shotgun formation he installed during practice Thursday. The resulting hail mary changed momentum back to Boonsboro for good.

"We put the whole thing in last night, ran it three or four times and said we might run it if a situation came up," Anders said. "It's the end of the half, and we figured we'd take a shot.

"It was a big momentum shift. Even though we were leading, North was getting momentum. That got us back into it."

Himes added a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter for the Warriors, who got three sacks from Derek Wisner and interceptions from Alex Malphrus and D.J. Wilson on the defensive side.

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