Warriors find a pair of backs to McLean on

October 14, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

WILLIAMSPORT - Simply put, the McLeans were downright dirty to the No. 6 Williamsport defense Saturday afternoon.

No. 5 Boonsboro's backfield tandem of Ryan and Brandon McLean ripped through the Wildcats' defense, combining for 234 yards rushing to lead the Warriors to a 40-7 win in the MVAL Antietam opener for both squads.

Boonsboro totaled 326 yards on the ground and outgained the Wildcats 432-157 to spoil Homecoming.

"We wanted to establish both the run and the pass," said senior Ryan McLean, the elder of the brothers. "We wanted to show other teams how good the offense can be and what we're made of."

Ryan McLean broke off three runs of more than 25 yards and tallied 145 yards on 11 carries. Brandon McLean, a sophomore, had 89 yards on eight attempts as the two combined for an average of 12.3 yards per carry.


"There's not really a competition, we just try to help each other out," Ryan McLean said. "As long as we both do good, we're happy."

The ground game dominated for the Warriors, but it was the passing game that set the table for the lopsided victory. On the first offensive play, quarterback John Shobe hit Chris Selby for a 50-yard touchdown pass to give Boonsboro a 7-0 lead and put the Wildcats on their heels.

Shobe hit Selby once again in the third quarter for an 8-yard touchdown and tossed his third touchdown to Jordon Young with 5 1/2 minutes left in the game. Shobe finished 5-for-9 for 106 yards.

"Sometimes it's a matter of what a defense will give you," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We have to take our shots vertically, otherwise defenses will stack against the run."

Stacking the box may not have helped the Wildcats, who surrendered 200 yards rushing in the first half alone. Boonsboro (4-2, 1-0) consistently hit its holes to get to - and often beyond - the Williamsport secondary.

Complimenting the McLeans, Andrew Griffith ran for 46 yards and two touchdowns and reserve Shawn Langley added a score.

"Especially in the Antietam Conference, you can't give up 300 yards rushing," Williamsport coach Adrian Custer said. "(Boonsboro) has some nice backs and used good blocking schemes. They took care of us up front."

Williamsport (3-3, 0-1) attempted to mirror Boonsboro's rushing success and found some gaps to gain 86 yards in the first half. The holes closed after halftime as the Wildcats tallied just 15 yards on the ground.

The Wildcats committed four turnovers - Boonsboro's Cody Snavely picked off two passes and Dean Wisner and Eli Beard each recovered a fumble. Williamsport totaled 27 yards of offense in the second half.

"We couldn't stop the blitzing," Custer said. "The offense didn't give the defense enough chances."

Williamsport's defense failed to stop the run, but did create some big plays of its own. The Wildcats matched Boonsboro with four takeaways - fumble recoveries by Scott Bailey, Cortez Boyce and Kyle Cunningham, and an interception by Mike Russ - and Cunningham returned his fumble recovery 48 yards for a score with 2:57 left in the game to avoid the shutout.

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