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Rip rips Cougars

October 16, 2005|By MARK KELLER

keller@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Perhaps the Catoctin Cougars didn't know about Adam Rippeon.

It's safe to say they know all about him now.

Rippeon, just one of a half-dozen running backs in Boonsboro's backfield, had been banged up in the weeks before the Warriors' Homecoming game against the Cougars. But he was in top form Saturday, ripping through the Cougars for 142 yards and three touchdowns as the Warriors routed No. 7 Catoctin 42-6 in a battle of MVAL Antietam leaders.

"I was hoping to get the ball some today and just try to run like crazy," Rippeon said. "The blocking was outstanding today. I just read my holes and did what I could."

He wasn't alone. The Warriors rushed for 335 yards against the Cougars, and in a display of "why-fix-it-if-it's-not-broken?" football philosophy, threw just one pass in 38 offensive plays.

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Ryan McLean ran for 100 yards and a touchdown, while Kyle Kane ran for 66 yards and scored twice to complement Rippeon.

Rippeon has appeared only in cameo roles in the Warriors' recent game films as Kane had taken the lead in the ensemble backfield. This time, however, Rippeon stole the show by more than doubling his season rushing yardage.

"That was the Rip we knew we had. This was kind of a coming out for him today," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "That was easily the best he's looked all year."

It was arguably the best the Warriors (4-2, 3-0) have looked all year, too. Though they've won three straight games, all by large margins, the Cougars were thought to be their toughest test.

After scoring on their first play from scrimmage, a 67-yard pass play from D.J. Doyle to Ken Getzendanner, Catoctin (4-2, 2-1) provided little resistance.

The Warriors nearly got that touchdown back right away, but Mike DeBarge's 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was negated by an illegal block penalty.

It took one defensive stand by the Warriors - Vince VanOrden's fourth-down sack of Doyle at the Boonsboro 39 - and one big run by Rippeon - a 33-yarder to the Catoctin 13 - to completely turn the tide of the game.

Two plays after his big run, Rippeon took the ball in from the 7 to give the Warriors a 7-6 lead and all the spark they would need.

The Boonsboro defense fed off the offense, and both units feasted on Catoctin. The Cougars gained minus-6 yards in the second and third quarters while the Warriors ran at will.

In the second quarter, Rippeon dragged one defender for 8 yards before breaking free for a 27-yard score. In the third, he burst through a hole up the middle, avoided one tackler and rolled to a 38-yard touchdown.

Kane dashed 28 yards for a touchdown on the Warriors' first play of the second half, then caught the only pass Zach Shoemaker threw for a 19-yard touchdown.

Finally, McLean ran away from the defense on a sweep for a 68-yard touchdown and activated the running clock with 9 minutes, 34 seconds left in the game.

"It didn't matter who they handed the ball to today, he was going to get yardage," Catoctin coach Doug Williams said. "Their offensive line took it to our defensive line. If you can do that, you can run on any team."

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