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Indians close door on Boonsboro

September 24, 2005|by BOB PARASILITI

bobp@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Boonsboro found out that when a door closes, the window of opportunity that opens doesn't always have easy access.

For the Warriors, every opening they tried had a blue uniform in the way.

Boonsboro's chances dwindled as Berkeley Springs covered every outlet and used a strong running game to muscle through the front door Friday as the Indians grounded out a 13-12 victory over a Warriors team that was extended to the limit.

Berkeley Springs scored the only touchdown of the second half on Cody Reed's powerful 9-yard run around left end and Alex Moretz's added the game-winning extra point with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter. From there, it came down to big defense and time-consuming runs to take the victory.

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"We controlled the game a bit," Berkeley Springs coach Angelo Luvara said. "We got the running game going and it took away the clock. Our defense has been great all year."

The outmanned Warriors battled gamely to try and pull the game out but ran out of offense and had trouble slowing the Indians, who began to break tackles at will to sustain drives.

Cody Hess led the Indians' running game with 131 yards and a touchdown. Berkeley Springs finished with 48 carries for 285 yards.

"They played hard and showed courage and determination. We are proud of it," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We just needed to make a couple more plays. They made them when they had to. Once we got in that last clock situation, they knew we had to throw and that we were out of timeouts. We were working the sidelines, but we had a real small window."

Boonsboro forced five turnovers - including three interceptions by defensive back/quarterback Zach Shoemaker - to stay in the game. The Warriors' final defensive stop resulted in a bad snap to Indians punter D.J. Collins, who fielded it and scrambled to turn a 25-yard loss into a 9-yard punt to the Boonsboro 44 with 2:01 remaining.

Shoemaker tried to engineer a winning drive, hitting pressure passes to Mike Debarge and Matt Byers. The final gasp came when a fourth-and-1 pass at the Indians 28 fell incomplete.

"No doubt, this is a big win for us," Luvara said. "We told the kids all week that this was a must win for us. We felt that, on film, this was the best team we had faced all year."

After a scoreless first quarter, Boonsboro took a 6-0 lead on Jeremiah Mills' 1-yard run to cap an 11-play, 82-yard drive. Soon after, the Warriors lost the services of Mills - their middle linebacker, backup fullback and punter - to an injury to his left wrist.

Berkeley Springs countered immediately, taking the ensuing kickoff and scoring in two plays with the help of a Boonsboro personal foul. Hess scored from 23 yards with 4:58 left in the half, but when the kick went wide, it was a 6-6 tie.

After a short punt by the Indians, Boonsboro used three plays to go 25 yards, capped by a 16-yard run by Shoemaker with 1:16 left in the half for a 12-6 lead at the intermission. Shoemaker threw for 101 yards and ran for 52 despite his last five carries going for zero yards or less.

Berkeley Springs powered to the win with an 11-play drive. Quarterback Joe Whitehead hit Ryan Morris on a 13-yard pass to the Warriors 18, which had a personal foul tacked on to get to the 9. Reed went around left end, broke the hold of three Boonsboro tacklers and bounced of another hit before diving into the end zone for the score.

"The play that kid made at the goal line was tremendous," Anders said. "He showed a lot of determination. We were playing kind of short and we just wore down at the end."

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