Rebels pick the momentum

September 25, 2004|by RYAN ALLEN/Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - Allen Daniels' two interceptions in a 30-second stretch late in the second quarter gave the South Hagerstown football team all the momentum it needed against Boonsboro on Friday night.

Daniels returned the second one 40 yards for a touchdown as South took a 13-6 halftime lead on its way to a 25-20 win.

With 33.6 seconds remaining in the first half, Boonsboro quarterback Zach Shoemaker fired a pass over the middle of the field, but Daniels stepped in front of the receiver from his linebacker position and raced down the right sideline to the end zone.

"He made a great read on the ball and once he caught it and bounced outside, I thought he would score," said South coach Greg Kellick, whose team improved to 2-2, 1-0 in the MVAL Anteitem Conference.


Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said that was the play that changed the game.

"That play really hurt," he said.

Daniels' touchdown return capped a wild sequence which saw interceptions on three consecutive plays. In between Daniels' two interceptions, Victor Van Orden picked off a Mark Bryan pass to put the Warriors back on offense.

Boonsboro opened the scoring late in the first quarter with a 38-yard drive that James Barnes capped with a 1-yard plunge.

South took the lead for good early in the second quarter, capitalizing on a fumbled punt on the Warriors' 34 when Bryan later scored from 5 yards out on a quarterback sneak.

"You can't win if you keep giving them the football," Anders said.

South broke the game open in the third quarter, putting together touchdown drives of 45 and 61 yards on its first two possessions to take a 25-6 lead. Both touchdowns were 2-yard runs by Daniels, who added 46 yards rushing on top of his defensive heroics.

"We concentrated a lot on offense this week," said Kellick. "We've been playing good defense all year. I was real pleased to come back like this after a really tough loss Monday."

Boonsboro (0-4, 0-1) made the game interesting when Shoemaker threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Jeremiah Mills and 11 yards to Doug Zimmerman in the last three minutes. The Warriors recovered one onside kick between touchdowns, but South sealed the win by recovering an onside kick with just over a minute remaining.

"The end of the game was about the only positive for us in the second half," said Anders.

Terrail Blair had 72 yards rushing and Bryan added 57 yards on the ground to lead the South offense.

Shoemaker finished with 85 yards passing, completing eight of 17 attempts.

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