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Knights slip past Boonsboro

September 18, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

MIDDLETOWN, Md. -- The Boonsboro football team certainly has enough talent in its backfield to withstand an injury to one of its ball carriers.

But when senior Drew Lowery left the game with cramping early in the second half, it seemed to put a clamp on the Warriors running game.

Boonsboro rushed for 220 yards in the first half but managed only 69 after halftime as the Warriors dropped their second straight game by less than a touchdown, this time falling to Middletown 30-25 on Thursday night.

Take away a 51-yard run by Branden McLean in the third quarter and the Warriors rushed 20 times for just 18 yards.

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"We were able to establish some things in the first half but we were not able to control the line of scrimmage in the second half," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. "(Middletown) did a great job of getting up on the ball quickly and they were running to the ball on defense, running to the ball on offense."

Lowery left the game on the first offensive play of the second half after he rushed for 107 yards on just eight carries in the first half. By the time he returned to the game with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter, Middletown had scored two touchdowns to take a 30-19 lead.

"Do I have another Drew Lowery? The answer is no," Anders said. "So when he goes out we're not deep enough to make up for it."

McLean did his best to make up for Lowery's absence by running for 70 second-half yards to up his game total to 173. But the one-two punch that the Warriors are used to was already derailed.

On the Middletown drive after Lowery left the game, the Knights stole the momentum with a 10-play, 62-yard drive which featured three third-down conversions. The Koby Cavanagh six-yard touchdown run capped the drive to give Middletown a 23-19 lead with 5:29 left in the third quarter.

The next Warriors possession stalled at the Middletown 15-yard line and the Knight took over downs and marched 86 yards in just five plays to make it 30-19 with 57 seconds left in the third.

Boonsboro pulled the score to 30-25 on a 35-yard scoring strike from Andy Sigler to Lowery with 3:51 left in the game. But comeback hopes were ended when the Warriors committed an encroachment penalty on fourth-and-one and the Knights were able to run out the clock.

The five-point loss is the second in as many weeks for the Warriors (1-2).

"We feel like we let two (games) slip away," Anders said. "We had the lead at halftime in both games but we didn't finish well. I don't know whether it's fatigue or the other other team executing better in the second half. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle."

The Warriors led 19-16 at halftime Thursday thanks to Lowery and McLean. McLean broke free for a 70-yard touchdown run and Lowery followed with a 56-yard jaunt. The two combined for 210 rushing yards in the first half, while third option Caleb Jardeleza added a two-yard touchdown plunge.

Thomas Pitsenbarger led Middletown with 110 yards on 17 carries, fullback Koby Cavanagh added 79 yards to go with a pair of touchdown runs and Hunter Lumley scored from 18 yards on his only offensive touch.

Quarterback Sam Glushakow completed four of his first five passes for 107 yards and finished 8-for-12 for 138 yards for the Knights. Pat Ryan caught a pair of passes for 58 yards and added an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

Middletown 30, Boonsboro 25

M -- Nathaniel Lott 26 field goal

M -- Koby Cavanagh 1 run (kick failed)

B -- Brandon McLean 70 run (run failed)

M -- Pat Ryan 85 kickoff return (Iott kick)

B -- Drew Lowery 56 run (Josh Harwood kick)

B -- Caleb Jardeleza 2 run (kick blocked)

M -- Cavanagh 6 run (Iott kick)

M -- Hunter Lumley 18 run (Iott kick)

B -- Lowery 35 pass from Andy Sigler (run failed)

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