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Storm troopers

Boonsboro makes sure rainy days, rally keep Brunswick down

Boonsboro makes sure rainy days, rally keep Brunswick down

October 20, 2007|By Jack Hill III / Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Warriors had the odds stacked against them on Friday.

Start with an early 10-0 deficit. Add four of five turnovers coming in the first 13 1/2 minutes of the game. Throw in a 10-0 deficit. And, oh yeah, it all happened during a heavy rainstorm.

But the No. 5 Warriors weathered that storm and all the others by scoring the final 34 points of the game to sidetrack Brunswick 34-10 for an MVAL Antietam victory.

"The thing I liked about tonight's win is that we rallied," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We started out slow and we struggled a little bit. But those things aren't so bad if you can overcome them and rally. We weathered the storm and we found some things that worked."

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Brunswick's play made the odds longer against Boonsboro (5-2, 2-0).

"I think Brunswick was well-prepared and well-schemed," Anders said. "They found some things that they can take away and then we found some things that we can go to. A big thing about tonight was that we did not get down. We just kept working."

Senior running back Ryan McLean gained 224 rushing yards on 14 carries, including touchdown runs of 13 and 55 yards, for Boonsboro.

"We had a couple of turnovers that we shouldn't have had because of the rain," McLean said. "But then we came together and realized that ball security was the problem that we had. So, we solved that. Then, we just started pounding the ball and scored. Everything just started clicking."

Fullback Andrew Griffith added 120 yards on 18 carries, while Brandon McLean added 83 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns for the Warriors.

The Railroaders (1-6, 0-3) scored on a 35-yard field goal by Ethan Wigfield in the first quarter and added a 30-yard touchdown run by Ethan Baker to start the second quarter to get the 10-0 advantage.

From there, the Warriors took control.

Brandon McLean scored on runs of 19 and 12 yards during the second-quarter comeback, capped by Lucas Summerlin's extra-point kicks, to give Boonsboro a 14-10 halftime lead.

Griffith had a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to extend the Warriors' lead to 20-10.

Ryan McLean ran for his touchdowns in the fourth quarter and Griffith had a two-point conversion run to give Boonsboro the final margin.

"It was a classic football game in the mud and rain," Brunswick coach Kevin Lynott said. "Field position helped us in the beginning. Then they got helped by field position and the outside sweep. We stopped their outside sweep in the first half, but we couldn't do it in the second half."

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