Phillipson's kickoff return sparks Warriors

October 04, 2008|By MARK KELLER

When Boonsboro's Jackson Phillipson ran off the field late in the second quarter Friday night, his uniform was still white as snow.

And that was fine with everyone, because it meant he had done his job.

Phillipson went nearly untouched for a 93-yard kickoff return to restore the No. 3 Warriors' two-touchdown lead before halftime and spark them to a 48-7 thrashing of South Carroll.

"I think the only thing I felt was my blocker when I hit his shoulder and went to the outside," said Phillipson.

Phillipson's timing was impeccable. South Carroll (2-3) had just cut the Warriors' lead to 14-7 with a 13-play, 73-yard drive, capped by Damian Bosiacki's 1-yard touchdown run.


Playing a hunch, Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders sent Phillipson deep to receive the kickoff with Brandon McLean.

"I just had a good feeling about Jackson being back there," Anders said. "I just told him to stay behind the wedge and follow the blocks."

Phillipson did as he was told, peeling off a blocker around the 20 and nearly stumbling as he headed toward the sideline before turning on the jets and outrunning three Cavaliers to the end zone, taking away all the juice that South Carroll had just gained.

"I realized they got some momentum, so if I got the ball, I wanted to do something big to get some of that momentum back," Phillipson said.

The Cavaliers quickly drove back down the field, led by quarterback Alex Terpening. He completed passes of 19 and 15 yards and scrambled for another 13 to move the ball to the Boonsboro 17. But Bosiacki fumbled two plays later and the Warriors' Broc Kline recovered -- his second fumble recovery of the night -- to end the threat.

The second half was all Boonsboro (5-0). Sean Colgan picked off a Terpening pass -- the first of three interceptions he threw in the second half -- which led to a 20-yard touchdown run by McLean.

McLean also scored twice in the first half and finished with 139 rushing yards.

After a South Carroll three-and-out, Zach Demers carried twice for 18 yards and Tyler Walsh fired a 54-yard touchdown pass down the sideline to Seth Poffenberger to give Boonsboro a 35-7 lead.

Drew Lowery's 13-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter started the running clock and Jacob Lyons added a 5-yard score late in the period.

Poffenberger and Kyle Knowles also had interceptions.

"I don't want to say this was a vengeance game, but they really thumped us last year. We didn't make a good showing last year," Anders said of South Carroll's 28-6 win last season. "This was the first team we played with a couple of wins, a team with playoff hopes. This was a good measuring stick for us."

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