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Titans will remember first win

September 11, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - Tuscarora coach Shawn Carey preached all week about the importance of giving maximum effort for four quarters, feeling the Titans gave up in the second half of last week's 70-0 loss to Urbana.

His team responded.

Tuscarora used a late Boonsboro miscue Friday night to score the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds as the Titans recorded their first ever victory, 28-20, in only their second game.

With the score deadlocked at 20-20 and just more than a minute left in regulation, Boonsboro attempted to run a reverse from its own 14-yard line, but fumbled the exchange and Tuscarora recovered. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the play gave the Titans first-and-goal at the six.

After failing to gain yardage on two rushes up the middle, quarterback Chris Castro faked the ball to Kenny White on third-and-goal and raced untouched into the endzone off left tackle with 5 seconds remaining. White's plunge up the middle for a two-point conversion provided the final margin.

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"I was second-guessing myself before the play," said Carey of his play call on the touchdown, "but we had been real successful with our ball fakes all game so I went with it."

Boonsboro took the opening kickoff and drove 48 yards for a touchdown, capping the drive with a 4-yard run from James Barnes.

Tuscarora tied the game on its second drive, as Castro concluded a 15-play, 55-yard drive with a 4-yard keeper.

Boonsboro regained the lead early in the third quarter on a 42-yard touchdown run by Adam Rippeon, but Tuscarora quickly responded by tying the game on its ensuing drive.

The Warriors claimed the lead for the third time when Zach Shoemaker hit Josh Lewis deep down the middle for a touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter. Shoemaker, who had trouble gripping the ball because of a bruised hand suffered in Thursday's practice, completed 5 of 9 passes for 115 yards.

The Titans again quickly responded when Castro completed his only pass of the game to Mitchell Weedon for a 24-yard touchdown to tie the game with 6:50 remaining.

"We just kept hanging in there," said Carey. "We had guys fighting cramps and linemen playing both (offense and defense). It was a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to coach."

The Titans used 351 yards rushing - 164 by Eric Means - to overcome three lost fumbles and an interception.

"We had our chances to win," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders, whose team also had trouble holding on to the ball, fumbling four times and losing two of them. "We can't keep giving ballgames away. No offense to Tuscarora, but on our home field we have to be able to win a game like this."

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