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Campers pull away from Warriors

November 17, 2007|By MARK KELLER

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Halftime came at the wrong time for the Boonsboro football team.

Down 21 points early in the second quarter against Allegany, the Warriors fought their way off the ropes to pull within two before the intermission.

That confounded intermisson.

When the teams returned to the field, Boonsboro's magic was gone and Allegany started playing like the top seed in Class 1A West, pulling away for a 49-19 win over the Warriors at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

"We knew they would come out with a renewed emphasis, that their coaches were going to address some things," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders.

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How much did Anders and his staff emphasize that at halftime?

"Probably not enough," Anders said. "Evidently not enough."

The Warriors (7-4) were flying high going into the break. Down 21-0 early in the second quarter, Ryan McLean broke off a 68-yard touchdown run to get Boonsboro on the board. Luke Summerlin's PAT made it 21-7.

Two minutes later, the Warriors did something no other team had done this season - intercepted Allegany quarterback Travis Orange. Cody Snavley picked off Orange and returned it 15 yards to the Allegany 42. Six plays later, John Shobe hit Jordan Young in stride in the corner of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Summerlin's kick was blocked, keeping the score at 21-13.

On the ensuing kickoff, Allegany's Jeff Babich fumbled and Boonsboro's C.J. Kretzer recovered, setting up McLean's second touchdown - a 3-yard run that pulled the Warriors within two at 21-19. The two-point conversion failed.

"We lost our composure in the second quarter, but I give Boonsboro a lot of credit," Allegany coach Tim Foley said. "They came out and got that long run that kind of got them fired up and we made a couple of turnovers that kept them in the game."

The Campers (11-0) wasted no time putting the pressure back on Boonsboro when the second half began. Allegany needed just three plays - all runs by Brian Mathews, all off right tackle - to extend the lead.

Mathews had two 5-yard gains before breaking free for a 55-yard touchdown with just a minute gone in the third quarter.

"He'd be running to the right side of our line, which is two of our stronger kids, (Brandon) Link and (Justin) Hymes," Foley said. "They were giving us a bubble over the tackle and we thought we could power it to the tackle hole. So we were just running to the strength of our offensive line. And our offensive line is good."

Boonsboro (7-4) went three-and-out on its next possession and the Campers went back to Mathews, who gained all but seven yards in a five-play, 42-yard drive to put them in front, 35-19.

"We were having trouble defending that all night," Anders said. "We decided we wanted to take away the belly, because we knew we couldn't take everything away from them. So we tried to take away belly and hope for the best and they got the buck sweep going."

The Warriors, meanwhile, could get very little going in the second half. They didn't gain a yard in the third quarter and most of their offense in the fourth came on their final drive when the outcome was already sealed.

"The fact that we rallied from three scores down shows a lot of courage. That's a good football team, and we knew they were," Anders said. "I'll be able to sleep tonight, because I know we showed up and competed."

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