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Warriors fumble away their opener

September 08, 2007|By BOB PARASILITI

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro football team will probably take inventory while it licks its wounds.

The Warriors will find a number of Burns on their hides, but the most painful scars were self-inflicted.

Boonsboro withstood the pounding of 128 yards and one touchdown by Moorefield running back Tanner Burns on Friday, but the fatal blows came from the Warriors' own lack of execution in a 14-13 loss in their season opener.

"We have guys who aren't making football important enough," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. "We don't play with football sense all the time."

Boonsboro had every chance to pull the game out, but every one of the opportunities only helped Moorefield secure the win. The Yellow Jackets grinded out the win with 254 yards rushing, but were aided in many ways:

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Boonsboro lost four fumbles, two coming on kicks. The second was on the second-half kickoff and led to Moorefield's second touchdown and the eventual game-winning points.

The Warriors had three long touchdown plays called back by penalties. One erased Brandon McLean's 84-yard kickoff return on the ensuing kickoff after the Yellow Jackets' go-ahead score. The second one called back was an outstanding 81-yard effort by receiver Jordon Young off a swing pass from quarterback John Shobe with 5:40 remaining in the game.

Finally, and maybe most painfully, the Warriors had an extra-point kick blocked after Chris Selby made a Willie Mays-style catch for a 39-yard score from Shobe with 10:36 remaining. The failed attempted ended up being the difference.

"Ball security was a key element for us," Anders said. "Then, when the score is 14-13, the extra point is a huge point for us. I've been telling these guys not to take that point for granted. (Moorefield) just wanted to execute more than we did."

Boonsboro showed a different style of play early, going from its normal grind-it-out game to a short passing attack that put the Yellow Jackets on their heels. The Warriors took a 7-0 lead in the final minute of the first quarter when Shobe pushed in from the 2, three plays after hitting Young on a 30-yard pass play.

Moorefield turned to Burns, who had 99 yards on 16 carries in the first half, for an 8-yard burst off right tackle 1:10 before halftime to tie the score at 7.

Boonsboro coughed up the second-half kickoff - its third fumble of the night - to give Moorefield the ball at the Warriors 36. The Yellow Jackets cashed in as quarterback Tucker Smith because a runner, rushing for 43 yards on the drive after a penalty, including a 14-yard run for the score. Jake Hose hit the extra point with 10:54 remaining in the third quarter.

It remained a struggle until the Selby TD catch. Boonsboro lost the game, but won the yardage battle 272-244, including 170 yards passing by Shobe.

"Moorefield is a team that battled but wore down in their first two games," Anders said. "We told our guys that, but they didn't buy into it. We beat them last year, but we haven't beaten anyone yet this year."

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