Warriors tie knot to old, embrace new

November 05, 2008|By BOB PARASILITI

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro football team is a marriage made in heaven.

The Warriors make a natural combination out of the old bride's superstition - they are something old, something new, something borrowed and always something blue.

With that formula, Boonsboro has groomed itself to a 9-0 record and the No. 4 slot in the Maryland Class 1A West ratings. It all goes on the line on Friday at 7 p.m., when the Warriors host Smithsburg - also 9-0 and third in the region - in their annual rivalry which has more implications than a shotgun at the nuptials.

The only constant out of the four standards is the something blue. Boonsboro will be wearing its colors as the home team, but that's the least of the determining factors.


The keys to Boonsboro's success come from its tradition and history of consistency, beginning with coach Clayton Anders. The Warriors have hit the 9-0 standard for the first time under Anders and did it using the style of play with which the coach is most comfortable ... with a couple of wrinkles.

"My nickname around here is 'Old School,'" Anders said. "I'm not worried about being a trendsetter."

Something old - Boonsboro has bucked the growing trend of high school football. The Warriors have thrived by using the Wing-T offense while returning to the 4-4 defensive alignment that Anders employed earlier in his career. Many teams are moving to spread passing offenses and 3-5 defenses, because of the changes in the game along with the size and skill levels of the players.

"Back when we were in the 4-4, I was an integral part of it," Anders said. "I did the planning and scheming during the week and then turn it over to a coach to make the calls during games. When we went to the 3-5, I didn't have as much fun."

Boonsboro came back "home" this season and have thrived. The Warriors secondary features Brandon McLean, Cody Snavely and Seth Poffenberger, who are each speedy enough to cover the passing game and close on plays. The linebacking is solid and will get better with the return of Marcus Angle and the line has played well with Korey McCarthy and Eddie Seabright.

n Something new - The two biggest additions to Boonsboro and its traditional offense have come in the form of quarterback Tyler Walsh and Poffenberger at receiver. The two have given the Warriors more weapons with the passing game.

The pass has made running backs Brandon McLean, Snavely and Zach Demers more dangerous because the passing game has become respected. Add to it Walsh's ability to throw the deep ball to tight end Sean Colgan and Poffenberger to open the game up.

"One of the real big additions this year has been Poffenberger," Anders said. "He had not played football before but he has been big in every phase - offense, defense and special teams. He has been phenomenal."

n Something borrowed - Boonsboro returned to the 4-4 defensive set when Anders brought on Pete Yurish as defensive coordinator.

Yurish is a Martinsburg graduate, who played and coached at Shepherd College before spending two years as a trainer at the University of Maryland.

"Anytime you get someone who has been a college coach for 20 years, you are fortunate," Anders said. "(Yurish) has a wealth of knowledge and he has brought the program up with different things that we can run out of the set."

All the components together helped put Boonsboro in this position, yet the Warriors still entered the season as cautious as they were optimistic.

"I'm not surprised (at being 9-0). I thought we had a chance," Anders said. "You see the schedule and then you see the team and you think you could be OK. ... Still, you have to take things one game at a time."

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