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Beall rings up Warriors

November 19, 2005|By TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

FROSTBURG, Md. - Boonsboro's 29-7 loss to Beall on Friday night in the Maryland Class 1A West semifinals carries a statistical ledger the Warriors had not been accustomed to during the regular season.

Consider the following non-highlights of Friday's loss:

· Boonsboro ran for 52 yards on 38 carries after averaging more than 200 yards per game.

· The Warriors were held to a mere 128 yards of total offense, an average of 2.0 per play.

Boonsboro's first rushing first down came midway through the fourth period. The Warriors finished with two in all.

· The Warriors lost three fumbles.

· They had four passes intercepted.

· They were penalized 116 yards on 13 infractions.

Leading rusher Adam Rippeon was held to 22 yards on 10 carries (2.2 per carry) after he averaged 7.4 per carru during the regular season.

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"We did not win the line of scrimmage tonight," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders, who led the Warriors back to the state playoffs for the first time since 1994. "You can't perform with seven turnovers and giving (Beall) opportunities with a short field."

Boonsboro (8-3) was not hurt by an opening 64-yard kickoff return as Beall began at the Warriors 30-yard line - the first of six straight Mountaineers possessions that began inside Boonsboro 40. Nor were the Warriors hurt by a lost fumble later in the first period.

It wasn't until the second period, with the Warriors unable to move the football against a stacked Beall defense, that a turnover proved costly. Zach Shoemaker lost the snap from center, giving Beall possession at the Warriors 5. Two plays later, Jimmie Kline scored from 2 yards out for a 7-0 lead.

Following Boonsboro's fourth straight 3-and-out, Mike Debarge's 16-yard punt led to Beall needing just one play - a 28-yard TD run from quarterback Logan Thomas - to gain a 14-0 lead at the 8:26 mark.

"We couldn't sustain any run offense with the field position we had," said Anders. "They were controlling the line of scrimmage."

The Warriors stayed in the hunt, as they pounced on a muffed punt by Beall at the Mountaineers 34.

Two pass plays from Shoemaker to Dave Harmon covered 25 yards, and after an interference call on 4th-and-10 gave Boonsboro new life at the Beall 2, Shoemaker scrambled out of the pocket and lofted a pass into the hands of Matt Byers.

But in the second half, things only got worse for Boonsboro as the overall conditions of the game deteriorated on and off the field.

The Warriors failed to move the ball on their opening possession, while Beall struck on its first set of downs when Kline took a pitchout from Thomas and raced around the right side, leapfrogging over Debarge and racing to paydirt from 58 yards.

Thwarted by Beall's dominating defense on the ground, the Warriors went to the air, but Shoemaker was intercepted three times, the last setting up an eventual score on a needless pass play from Thomas to Rob Knieriem that covered 24 yards with 44 seconds remaining in the contest.

"I'm proud of the effort and courage displayed by these young men" said Anders, concluding his 21st season. "You can't take away from them the great season they had."

Beall (9-2) moves on to meet Allegany after it stymied the Warrior,s pinching two linebackers and both cornerbacks to go with a four-man front on each and every one of Boonsboro's 64 offensive plays.

"When you are starting deep in your own territory, it takes options away from you and (Beall) was loading the line against us," said Anders. "They keyed (on Rippeon) and it goes to winning the line."

Despite giving up 29 points, the Warriors did not play that bad defensively, allowing the Mountaineers only 206 yards of total offense.

Kyle Kane led Boonsboro in rushing with 38 yards, while Shoemaker finished with minus-15 yards on 16 carries, being thrown for losses nine times.

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