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Warriors ground Falcons, stay perfect

September 20, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

BOONSBORO -- Tyler Walsh played like Boonsboro's quarterback but sounded like a Frank Sinatra impersonator on Friday.

"The best is yet to come," Walsh said of the Warriors.

That puts Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders in a difficult situation. He'd love to see more wins like Friday's 55-0 blanking of Poolesville, but he will need to start wearing skin diver's gear on the sidelines.

After a perfectly random victory where the Warriors (3-0) scored eight touchdowns in just 33 plays, Anders received a Gatorade bath -- fittingly the blue variety. And if Walsh's prediction is true, there could be more blue for Anders down the road.

"I don't know why they did it," Anders said. "It wasn't a milestone or anything. We can be explosive. We have the people who can make the plays, a good offensive line and the defense got a shutout."

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After all that -- and the impromptu shower -- Anders told the Warriors, "You are on the verge of becoming someone."

That could be hard to deny since everyone was in against Poolesville.

The Warriors rolled up a 41-0 lead in the first half, including a 28-point second quarter. Branden McLean made what amounted to a cameo appearance with six carries, going for 170 yards and two touchdowns on runs of 48 and 82 yards.

Drew Lowery added a 15-yard TD and Walsh hit Sean Colgan for a 27-yard score on a pass that was tipped by Lowery, and a 54-yard TD on a bomb down the left sideline to Seth Poffenberger.

For good measure, Kyle Knowles returned a punt 70 yards for the other first-half TD and caught a two-point conversion. Add in three extra points by Shane Zbir, and the Warriors led 41-0 at halftime.

Boonsboro rolled up 311 yards on 25 plays in the first half, with 216 of them coming on the five scoring plays.

"(Running this offense) is great, especially when it's scoring," Walsh said. "We haven't opened the offense up yet. This could be an interesting year."

While the offense was showing its muscle, Boonsboro's defense literally knocked Poolesville off the deep end. The Warriors held the Falcons to 23 yards in the first half, including minus-4 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Boonsboro started the rout from the opening kickoff. Knowles returned the opening kick 50 yards to put the Warriors in business at the Poolesville 26. Three plays later, Lowery skirted the left end for his score.

The Warriors led 13-0 after the first quarter after McLean went around right end for his 48-yard score.

Boonsboro broke it open in the third quarter when Walsh threw a pass in a zone flooded by Lowery and Colgan. The ball was too high for Lowery to corral, as it glanced off his hands and popped softly over to Colgan, who pulled it in and ran the last 10 yards for the score.

After McLean's second run around right end for the 82-yard TD, Walsh unloaded a rainbow down the left sideline to Poffenberger, who caught it in stride for the score. Those were Walsh's only completions of the game.

"We just found our quarterback," Anders said. "Last week, we started (Korey) McCarthy in the first half and then Tyler came in in the second half and got things going. We didn't know how much of his success was us or (Southern Garrett). Today, he got us going."

Boonsboro scored twice using the reserves in a running-clock situation in the second half. Jackson Phillipso and Jacob Lyons each ran for 20-yard TDs in the fourth quarter.

Boonsboro finished with 410 yards on 33 plays, while the defense held Poolesville to 112 yards in the shutout.

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