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Warriors turn back clock to top North

October 21, 2006|by BOB PARASILITI

BOONSBORO - North Hagerstown might have a little trouble buckling its chinstrap today.

The Hubs are probably a little sore after getting smacked in the lower jaw on Friday.

No. 5 Boonsboro put away all the bells and whistles that go with its offense and relied on a basic power game to squeeze out a highly emotional 14-7 victory over the No. 3 Hubs to turn the MVAL Antietam race into a grab bag.

"This was old-time, smash-mouth football," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We found some things and the offensive line did the job. We probably ran the same three plays all night and just did some things motion-wise."

Boonsboro attacked the game Navy style - everything was full steam ahead, highlighting the work of the offensive line and the different running styles of Matt Wetzel, Ryan McLean and Kyle Kane.

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The trio accounted for 226 of Boonsboro's 259 yards on the ground, with Wetzel logging 128 on 19 carries and Kane scoring both touchdowns. Boonsboro outgained North, 281-176.

"We got 4- and 5-yard chunks," Anders said. "(North is) athletic and has speed. We wanted to stop the big plays, control the ball, move the chains and limit their possessions."

It worked, as Boonsboro was more suited for the soggy conditions of Warriors Field, especially after heavy overnight rains. North's quickness lost a step in the muck, while Boonsboro seemed to dig in deeper.

"They powered the football on us and got on our linebackers," North coach Danny Cunningham said. "We didn't shed blocks and ate a lot of blocks. It was an off field and that did play a part in it. It was a slow track. But the kids played tough and kept their heads up in a lot of adversity."

The Hubs (4-3, 3-1) gave the impression their speed was going to take control early by scoring on their opening drive. North worked the ball around the edges, with Diez Johnson and Justin Donaldson carrying the load.

Quarterback Logan Kelso rolled out and hit Marcellus Sumlin on a fourth-and-3 play that turned into a 22-yard scoring play. Chris Reid added the extra point for the 7-0 lead with 7:49 left in the first quarter.

Boonsboro got the ball and started chipping away at the clock, milking five minutes off without scoring in the first period.

With their second possession, the Warriors used 12 plays and 5:37 for an 86-yard drive. McLean ripped off a run of 22 yards and Wetzel added one for 19 yards before Kane capped it with a 14-yard run on a reverse for the score and a 7-7 halftime tie.

The Warriors continued to wear out the middle of the field to start the third quarter. They took the second-half kickoff and went 70 yards in 12 plays and 5:44 to take the lead.

McLean's 32-yard run helped set up Boonsboro. Kane powered in from the 1 for what became the winning score.

"At the half, we told them to stay within themselves," Anders said. "We told them not to be going for big chunks and then put the ball on the ground. We just wanted them to stay basic and things would open with the blocking."

North almost answered Boonsboro's score when Sumlin took the ensuing kickoff at the 17 on the left hash mark. He moved right and then cut back for what appeared to be a 73-yard return for a touchdown, but it was called back on an illegal block at the North 34.

"We had too many penalties and killed drives," Cunningham said. "We were on the wrong side of the sticks all night."

Boonsboro and North now sit in a tie for third in the MVAL, trailing South Hagerstown and Catoctin, which are each undefeated in league play.

"It's a big win," Anders said. "After (losing last week to Catoctin), we didn't want to go into a slide. We knew we needed this one if we wanted to stay in the hunt for the league title and a regional berth."

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