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Warriors kick into high gear to blast Blazers

October 01, 2005|By BILL STERNER

BOONSBORO

Boonsboro football coach Clayton Anders wanted his team to go back to the basics.

After two disapointing outings in a row in which the Warriors suffered on the scoreboard and the injury list, Anders felt a return to something sure and safe would help right the ship against Clear Spring on Friday evening.

It worked.

Senior quarterback Zach Shoemaker hit Matt Byers on a perfect pass less than three minutes into the game, while junior Mike DeBarge returned the Blazers' first punt 62 yards for a touchdown as Boonsboro blasted Clear Spring 53-6 in the MVAL Antietam opener for each team.

Shoemaker struck again moments later, hitting senior Dave Harmon on a long pass play down to the Clear Spring 1-yard line. Jesse Dalton ran in the Warriors' third touchdown and Boonsboro (2-2, 1-0) led 21-0 after running just 11 plays from scrimmage.

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"We have had a rough two weeks," Anders said. "We needed to establish control early and set a tempo that we were comfortable with."

Though the Warriors lost two fumbles in the first 12 minutes, their offense blistered the Blazers for more than 400 yards in the game. Shoemaker teamed up with three different receivers for 111 yards passing in the opening quarter.

The Blazers (1-3, 0-1) had at least one highlight. Down 36-0, quarterback Tyler Braithwaite rolled to his left and hit Chris Penwell with a perfect 62-yard strike to put Clear Spring on the board.

"Clear Spring's quarterback is a good player," Anders said of Braithwaite, who completed 5 of 14 passes for 105 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury. "When they are able to get time and do their thing, Clear Spring can be dangerous on offense."

Mostly, though, the Warriors' defense dominated, racking up six sacks and several other tackles in the backfield.

The Blazers finished with minus-61 yards rushing and just 44 total yards of offense.

"I was glad to see us back and playing well," Anders said. "With the injuries we suffered over the last few weeks, we had a lot of third- and fourth-string kids working hard and filling in for us. It was good to get through a game with everyone healthy."

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