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Warriors gain more momentum vs. Blazers

October 16, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - After starting off the football season with an 0-5 record, the Boonsboro Warriors are starting to turn things around a little bit.

The Warriors beat Clear Spring 52-0 in an MVAL Antietam Conference matchup Friday for their second straight win.

"We just wanted to come out and execute our basic offense and defense," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "I was pleased with what we were able to do. One of the things that we talked about was that we wanted to set the tone and get into a position where they were playing catch-up."

Boonsboro senior fullback James Barnes was the most effective weapon on offense as he rushed for 102 yards on nine carries, including four of the Warriors' first five touchdowns.

"I feel good about scoring four touchdowns," Barnes said. "Without the line, I couldn't have done it. We just had beautiful blocks all night. I was just running towards daylight. I feel that we are definitely taking a step in the right direction. All of our players were impressive tonight. We all came together as a team and did our business."

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Boonsboro (2-5, 2-2), which was forced to punt only once, scored all eight of its touchdowns in the first half.

Barnes scored all three of Boonsboro's first-quarter touchdowns on runs of 6, 3 and 19 yards.

The Warriors continued to get offensive production during the second quarter as Zach Exline scored on a 16-yard touchdown run just 42 seconds into the period.

After that, Barnes got his fourth touchdown run of the game on an 8-yard carry.

The defense also made some big plays for Boonsboro as Jeremiah Mills recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

Adam Rippeon added a 20-yard touchdown run for the Warriors, who got their final touchdown with 30 seconds remaining in the first half when Matt Byers returned an interception 42 yards for a score.

"We made mistakes and Boonsboro was able to capitalize," said Clear Spring coach John Wilson, whose team fell to 0-7 (0-4). "They were able to muscle our guys around. Boonsboro is a well-coached team and I give credit to them. Their coaches did a good job of preparing them."

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