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Warriors put clamps on Blazers

September 30, 2006|by JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - After playing non-conference games during the first three weeks of the season, the MVAL Antietam football teams were ready to start their conference schedule this week.

Defending conference champion Boonsboro picked right up where it left off, rolling to a 41-0 victory over Clear Spring on Friday night.

Boonsboro (3-1, 1-0) extended its conference winning streak to 10 games, spanning the last three seasons. The Warriors overcame nine penalties totaling 96 yards.

Clear Spring (1-3, 0-1) was whistled for 11 penalties totaling 76 yards.

"It was certainly a penalty-filled game," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "They hardly would let us play. We executed, notwithstanding too many penalties. If you take the penalties out, we played a good ballgame. It is just a good team victory. Anytime you shut out your opponent, your defense has done a good job."

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The Warriors took the lead about four minutes after receiving the opening kickoff when junior running back Ryan McLean dashed through the middle for a 17-yard touchdown run. Mike DeBarge kicked the extra point, the first of five he made in six attempts.

Just 2:39 later, McLean broke through left tackle for a 2-yard touchdown to extend Boonsboro's lead to 13-0. McLean's two touchdowns give him five through four games.

"It felt good to score two touchdowns in the first quarter," McLean said. "I was able to find the open holes both times. The line just made me some open holes. I hit them hard and got through."

Anders was pleased with the production of his entire offense.

"We have some good backs and some good wide receivers," Anders added. "If you block for them, they are going to do a good job. Ryan is a quality back. He runs hard and he has great speed. He is always a threat to make a big play. Kyle Kane and Matt Wetzel also ran the ball good. I thought our entire core of running backs played hard tonight."

On the first play of the second quarter, Wetzel raced along the left side for a 19-yard touchdown run to pad the Warriors' lead to 20-0.

About four minutes later, Kane scored on a 15-yard run to the right side to make it 27-0.

About six minutes later, DeBarge threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Wolfe for a 34-0 halftime lead.

Boonsboro scored its final touchdown 1:02 into the second half on a 5-yard run by Kane.

The Blazers finished with 16 yards of total offense.

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