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Warriors' offense unstoppable

October 18, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

BRUNSWICK, Md. -- Clayton Anders took a crash course in photo editing on Friday.

All the snapshots in the world couldn't prevent the Boonsboro football coach from looking at The Big Picture.

"We struggled defensively," Anders said. "But a win is a win is a win."

As tough as it might be to fathom, the No. 3 Warriors put up seven touchdowns, scored 28 points in the second quarter and rolled up 537 yards of offense and still left Brunswick's field with a odd feeling of survival despite a 48-28 MVAL Antietam victory over the Railroaders.

"I never felt like we had enough points," Anders said.

That's because Brunswick bothered Boonsboro's 4-4 defense like a gnat in a phone booth.

The Railroaders used a short, underneath passing game to move the ball on the Warriors most of the night, hitting on 26 of 45 passes for 233 yards -- 8.9 yards per catch -- en route to 406 yards of offense. Brunswick's many long drives ended in just four touchdowns.

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Meanwhile, Boonsboro (7-0, 2-0) answered three of the Railroaders' TDs with touchdowns of its own on the first play after the ensuing kickoff. Receiver Seth Poffenberger ran back the first kickoff he fielded all season for an 88-yard touchdown and quarterback Tyler Walsh hit scoring passes of 65 and 53 yards on the first snaps of drives to keep the Warriors comfortably ahead, at least on the scoreboard.

"(Brunswick) did a nice job," Anders said. "They scored a lot of points and they played hard. They were physical. They schemed their game well. They set the edges and protected the quarterback well. If we manned up, we'd lose coverage and if we blitzed, they threw the ball quickly."

While the Warriors' defense felt like it was playing bumper cars, the offense was full throttle.

Halfback Brandon McLean had another amazing outing with 189 yards on 16 carries, scoring touchdowns on runs of 65 and 52 yards.

Poffenberger scored three times, once on the kickoff and two on pass receptions. He caught a 12-yard halfback option pass from Cody Snavely on fourth down on the first play of the second half. He followed with the kick return to put Boonsboro up 21-7, and finished it by pulling in the 53-yard strike from Walsh in the third quarter to put Boonsboro up 42-21.

Sean Colgan caught Walsh's 65-yard scoring throw and Zach Demers ran in from the 11 with 24 seconds remaining in the game to complete Boonsboro's staggering offensive display.

The Warriors finished with 302 yards rushing and 235 passing in one of the most potent -- and most efficient -- blasts of offense of the year.

But it still left Anders with an unpeaceful, queasy feeling.

McLean's first touchdown gave Boonsboro a 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The game turned into a pong match as the Warriors outscored Brunswick 28-14 in the second quarter. Boonsboro put Poffensberger's halfback option catch and kick return along with Colgan's TD and McLean's second scoring run up against an 8-yard touchdown pass and a 5-yard scoring run by Brunswick quarterback Jeff Lambright for a 35-14 halftime lead.

The second half became elementary as Brunswick pushed Boonsboro's defense while the Warriors seemed to be able to score when they needed. Ethan Baker rushed for 113 yards and scored three times for the Railroaders (1-5, 1-3).

Brunswick's effort put many things in perspective for Boonsboro.

"We'll tear them up when we watch the film," Anders said. "In games you win, you still have to make things happen. Today, we made the plays on offense. At (Francis Scott) Key, it was on defense. It's good to have to struggle and still win because you have to know that feeling."

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