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Campers clobber Warriors

November 18, 2006|by TIM KOELBLE

BOONSBORO - The life that was in the hearts and souls of the Boonsboro football team was put to rest by Allegany on Friday night.

From beginning to end, Allegany extracted anything and everything from the Warriors on the way to a dominating 33-0 victory in a Maryland Class 1A West semifinal game.

An offense that had been mostly functional throughout the year on the ground was laid to rest. On 30 rushing efforts, No. 2-seed Boonsboro (8-3) finished with minus-10 yards - the Warriors didn't record a first down on the ground until all but the final nail was in the coffin with less than two minutes to play.

"I'm disappointed we didn't show them we can play football," said Boonsboro quarterback Mike DeBarge, who was hounded by an attacking Allegany defense all night and ended with minus-39 yards on 10 carries. "(Allegany) was just so more intense."

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The Warriors did not have a run of more than 3 yards until Jesse Dalton ran 21 yards with the game well in Allegany's hands. In 11 possessions, Boonsboro ran 42 plays for 62 total yards and passed midfield only twice on drives.

"We didn't establish a point of attack at all," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. "We couldn't go up the middle early and then tried the outside. (Allegany) was just so much better up front tonight."

The normally ground-oriented Campers' offense opened the scoring with a short-field drive of 38 yards, capped by Derek Haller's 8-yard pass to Jeff Babich after the Warriors declined a penalty that could have set Allegany back 5 yards.

"The players didn't look to the sidelines and they thought they could hold them, so they declined the penalty," said Anders.

The second TD pass came on a 56-yard drive with 46 seconds left in the first half. Haller hooked up with tight end Ryan Foutz on a 36-yard scoring completion on fourth-and-six while the Warriors defense was playing double coverage on Babich.

"That score was a huge point in the game on fourth down if we could have stopped them," said Anders.

Only a Ryan McLean interception stopped Allegany's first march of the third period, and the Warriors had the ball at the Campers 40 trailing only 14-0. A 31-yard pass from DeBarge to Jordon Young resulted in a first down, but the Warriors could not convert the drive into points.

Allegany's line controlled both sides of scrimmage, but its defense was unmovable as it constantly harassed the Warriors.

McLean couldn't get loose at all, gaining 18 yards on 10 carries, not one for more than 3 yards. Kyle Kane was bottled up and ran only seven times for minus-4 yards.

"Their line just kept moving around where they could fill the gaps," said DeBarge. "Their line made it a long night."

"We just matched our linebackers up with their backs and we thought we could keep up with them," said Allegany coach Tom Preaskorn. "Our inside linebacker (Foutz) did a good job taking their fullback away and our outside linebackers were able to key on their halfbacks."

With fullback-linebacker Tyler Wharton out with an injury, Jeff Link made sure nothing was missing in the Allegany offense. He churned his way to all three touchdowns in the second half on runs of 1, 10 and 2 yards and ended with 147 yards on 23 carries.

"Jeff moved from halfback to fullback and accepted the move for the team, and he did a tremendous job," said Preaskorn.

In addition, Link sacked DeBarge three times.

DeBarge did hit on four pass completions, all to Young, for Boonsboro's only positive yardage - 72 yards.

Allegany (9-2), the No. 3-seed, ended with 266 yards on the ground and 338 total. The Campers will meet Cumberland rival Fort Hill next weekend for the 1A West title.

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