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Warriors clinch share of Antietam

November 05, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER

Following Boonsboro's MVAL Antietam shutout of South Hagerstown, Warriors coach Clayton Anders downplayed the lopsided outcome.

"You're never as good as you look when you win a game like this," Anders said, "and when you lose, you're not as bad as you look."

That may be true, but the Warriors' running game and defense appeared to live up to the 54-0 lashing it handed the Rebels on Friday night at School Stadium.

The win ensures No. 6 Boonsboro (7-2, 6-0) at least a share of the Antietam title. It is the first conference title for the Warriors since 1994.

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Boonsboro used a steady mix of inside and outside runs to roll up 296 yards, led by Adam Rippeon's 85 yards.

"At the beginning of the game we were getting better luck on outside runs. Then we were able to run it inside," said Rippeon, who scored twice.

Kyle Kane and Ryan McClean proved to be the outside threats for the Warriors, consistently carrying around both ends to for positive yardage. Kane finished with 84 yards, while McClean picked up 67 - including a 46-yard score.

"We were able to get on the perimeter using the sweep, which has been working for us most of the year," said Anders. "We even got (Rippeon) a few on the outside, but mostly he's going to be the guy to take it up the middle."

Meanwhile, the Rebels struggled to find their running game. Leading rusher Brock Jamison had just nine yards and South netted minus-21, thanks to a collection of botched snaps and poor timing in the backfield.

Part of the timing woes for the Rebels stemmed from the absence of starting quarterback Marcelles Sumlin, who did not practice this week and was out with a high ankle sprain.

"(Sumlin) could have played as emergency quarterback, but he didn't practice all week," said South coach Greg Kellick. "Our timing was off with a new quarterback. It takes practice and patience and (backup quarterback Jayson Waybright) doesn't have a lot of experience."

The Boonsboro defense made it even worse for Waybright, who was seeing his first action of the season. The Warriors' front line came with consisent pressure, which resulted in two turnovers.

The first was an interception by Rippeon that set up a 1-yard touchdown by Zach Shoemaker. On the ensuing drive, Jeremiah Mills picked up a muffed halfback toss and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown.

The Warriors' special teams joined the action when Patrick Fogle blocked Zeke Ricketts' punt and darted to the end zone.

With a showdown against rival Smithsburg looming and a possible playoff berth ahead, the Warriors opted to rest its starters after halftime, leading at 34-0.

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