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Warriors score in all ways

October 25, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

CLEAR SPRING -- The Boonsboro offense was nearly outscored on Friday.

No, Clear Spring didn't nearly pull a Senior Day upset. The Warriors' defense and special teams nearly did, though.

No. 3 Boonsboro scored all its points in the first 20 minutes of the game -- four touchdowns on long runs, two on interception returns and one on a punt return -- in a 47-0 MVAL Antietam victory over valiant but overmatched Clear Spring.

"We scored in a lot of different ways," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "A lot of different facets kicked in for us and that's good."

Good ... and quick.

The Warriors (8-0, 3-0) struck quickly and had its starting unit out of the game with four minutes remaining in the first half. The Blazers fell prey to seven long-distance scoring plays, and had a hand in helping with three of them.

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Brandon McLean scored three times -- on runs of 49 and 18 yards and a 43-yard interception return -- and rushed for 95 yards on five carries. Seth Poffenberger added two scores on a 58-yard punt return and a 38-yard interception return off Marcus Angle's tip of a Sam Adams pass to highlight Boonsboro's first-half.

Meanwhile, Boonsboro's defense held the Blazers (1-7, 0-4) to just 90 yards and insured the shutout with Shane Zbir's interception with 5 minutes remaining.

Clear Spring held Boonsboro scoreless and to 119 offensive yards in the final 28 minutes as the Warriors' reserves closed out the game. The second half was played with a running clock.

"That second half was a 5-year-old program versus a storied program like Boonsboro," said Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate. "Our first team matched up well against their second team. We are working to get to their level. We have to hit the weight room more and hopefully someday we will be able to compete on that level."

Clear Spring took the opening kickoff and punted after three plays. Poffenberger took the punt on the left hashmark, jetted across the field and down the left sideline for the score and a 7-0 Boonsboro lead at the 9:37 mark of the first quarter.

The Warriors put on a similar scoring show to the one in last week's 48-28 win over Brunswick. The opponents toiled while Boonsboro scored quickly.

Cody Snavely scored on a first-play, 71-yard sweep right before Boonsboro recovered a free kick. Zach Demers went over right tackle for 31 yards to give the Warriors a 20-0 lead with 4:45 left in the quarter.

McLean's interception gave Boonsboro the 27-0 lead after one quarter. McLean's two touchdown runs sandwiched Poffenberger's interception for the 47-0 halftime lead.

Snavely finished with 66 yards and reserve Bobby Martin ran for 60 yards as Boonsboro finished with 359 yards of offense, all on the ground. Adams passed for 45 yards and Jon Connors had 23 yards to lead the Blazers.

"Boonsboro is the class of the conference," Bathgate said. Simple things kill you in games like this. That's big."

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