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Warriors rally, run past FSK

September 29, 2007|By Tim Koelble

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro played offensive football to perfection in the second half, and that - along with a big defensive stand - boosted the Warriors to a 28-15 victory over Francis Scott Key on Friday night.

Down 15-7 after Francis Scott Key scored on a 17-yard run by Brad Martz to begin the third period, the Warriors eliminated the mistakes that led to a myriad of penalties that wiped two touchdowns off the board in the first half.

"It almost was like our opener," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders of the Warriors' one-point loss to Moorefield in which three scores were called back. "And I thought we were in the end zone in the first quarter."

No. 5 Boonsboro (3-1) marched 95 yards on 11 plays, with the McLean brothers - Ryan and Brandon - sharing the bulk of the duty that got the Warriors to the FSK 25. On a 3rd-and-9, quarterback John Shobe rolled left and found end Chris Selby coming across the middle for an uplifting score. However, the Warriors were still down 15-13 after a failed conversion attempt.

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The Warriors defense gave up plenty of yards but stiffened when it had to on the next FSK possession, which was highlighted by Tyler Bridges' 39-yard gallop that put the Eagles on Boonsboro's 2-yard line.

Four plays later, Martz fumbled into the Boonsboro endzone on a 3rd-and-9 play and Joe Kline recovered for the Warriors.

"Our defense wasn't great in the middle of the field but that was a huge stand there," said Anders.

Again, the Warriors were perfect on offense with an 80-yard drive in 16 plays - all on the ground. Shobe picked up key first downs on two QB sneaks, and Griffith and both McLeans churned up yards. Griffith bulled in from the 1 with 5:01 left in the game, and Luke Summerlin's kick gave Boonsboro a 21-15 lead.

"We thought (FSK's) defense was starting to get tired," said Anders. "We ran two basic plays."

At its own 33 and facing a 4th-and-3 with 3:57 to play, FSK elected to pass and it fell incomplete.

A 12-yard run by Brandon McLean and a 17-yarder by Griffith led to Brandon McLean's 7-yard score with 1:39 to play that iced the outcome for Boonsboro.

"That's a big win against a 2A team for points," said Ryan McLean, who picked up 82 yards rushing on 14 carries. "It's a good start at 3-1."

The Warriors rushing attack was spread out, with Brendon McLean picking up 79 yards on nine carries and Griffith getting 77 yards on 14 carries. Overall, Boonsboro had 423 yards of total offense to 305 for FSK.

Boonsboro marched down the field on its opening possession, but fumbled the football away and FSK capitalized when Martz rumbled 88 yards for the opening score.

The Warriors retaliated late in the quarter when Shobe hit Ryan McLean on a swing pass out of the backfield. After some fancy sidestepping, McLean finished off the 92-yard scoring play.

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