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Warriors get lost in the Knights

September 17, 2005|By CURT HORNBECKER

BOONSBORO

Apparently, the Boonsboro football team wasn't interested in having the momentum on its side.

Three times in the first half, the Warriors had the momentum, and gave it back each time.

Middletown wasn't nearly so cooperative, taking full advantage of the momentum to score 22 third-quarter points en route to a 36-8 victory Friday night.

"I don't think we're quite this bad," said Warriors coach Clayton Anders, "but I don't feel very good about the way we played tonight."

Kyle Kane returned the opening kickoff 79 yards to the Knights 1-yard line, but the Warriors failed to score.

After a bad snap on the ensuing Middletown punt attempt resulted in a safety, Boonsboro took possession on the Knights 41, but fumbled it away.

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Midway through the second period, Boonsboro had a first down at the Knights 33, but Kevin Linehan picked off a Zach Shoemaker pass and returned it 42 yards to set up a 2-yard Parker Lumley TD to give Middletown a lead it never relinquished.

"I told (Linehan) that was the best defensive play that I've ever seen," said Middletown coach Lorne Ridenour. "I didn't actually see him pick the ball off, but I saw him run up the sideline, and make some great moves."

Despite the first-half problems, Boonsboro trailed by just five at the half, but the Knights' offense didn't allow that to last.

Sparked by a Linehan-to-Andrew Staszesky 22-yard pass, Middletown made it 15-2 on Lumley's 9-yard run.

Less than five minutes later, Linehan ran it in from the 3 for a 22-2 advantage.

After Pat McCarrick recovered a Shoemaker fumble on the Boonsboro 19, Lumley needed just one play to make it a 29-2 lead.

A Bandon Kline interception late in the third period set up the Knights' final score, a 22-yard Justin Riggs jaunt.

Boonsboro finally got into the end zone with 17 seconds left on a Shoemaker 3-yard run.

Boonsboro finished the second half with just 1 yard rushing, while Middletown amassed 141 yards on the ground after the half.

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