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Warriors get first victory

November 01, 2003|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - The Boonsboro Warriors were not spooked by the fact that they still had a winless record as Halloween approached.

The Warriors were able to cast away the evil spell of defeat on Halloween night.

The Warriors did that by pulling out a close, come-from-behind 20-14 win over the Williamsport Wildcats on Friday night in an MVAL Antietam football game.

Zach Shoemaker, a 6-foot-2 sophomore quarterback, snapped a 14-14 tie with 1:32 remaining when he dashed for a 21-yard touchdown run along the right sideline to give Boonsboro the lead for good.

"Basically, it was all line out there," Shoemaker said. "They opened up some nice holes for me. I just wanted to get to the end zone. That was all that I could think of. It's a great feeling to get our first win. We really wanted this victory. It takes a lot of pressure off. We can finally relax, since we got one victory. We played great football all night. We played hard and the line did an outstanding job this evening."

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Shoemaker completed nine of his 15 passes for 114 yards and added 44 rushing yards.

"We didn't have a large senior class," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We lost four seniors at the beginning of the year to injuries. We had to go with a lot of juniors and sophomores. We have a core of about five seniors that are on the field all the time. Those five seniors were very crucial to our win tonight."

Kyle Davis, Josh Lum and Brian Presley recovered a fumble apiece for Boonsboro (1-8, 1-4). Blaec Ramos intercepted a pass for the Warriors.

Boonsboro got on the scoreboard first with 7:01 to go in the second quarter when Alex Malphrus took a handoff from Shoemaker and fired an 18-yard flea flicker to Lum for a touchdown.

Williamsport (1-8, 0-6) quickly tied the score on its first play from scrimmage after the kickoff on a 62-yard touchdown run from Neil Forsythe.

The Wildcats took the lead on the final play of the third quarter. Williamsport just barely hiked the ball right before the horn sounded and Mike O'Haver scored on an 18-yard touchdown run.

The Warriors came back to tie the score with 8:59 left in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard touchdown run by James Barnes.

"It was a great high school football game," Williamsport coach Adrian Custer said. "When these two teams play each other, you can just throw the records out the window."

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