Cougars run over Warriors

September 25, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

THURMONT, Md. -- Blocked punt. Lost fumble. Turnover on downs. Lost fumble. Nine-yard punt. Lost fumble. Lost fumble.

That was the first-half drive summary for the Boonsboro football team Friday night.

To summarize the Catoctin offense would take much more explaining.

The Cougars dominated Boonsboro on both sides of the ball as they rolled up 305 rushing yards and forced four Warriors turnovers as they built a 39-0 halftime lead and strolled to a 52-8 win.

Catoctin (4-0) asserted itself as the unstoppable force, while Boonsboro (1-3) took the role of movable object.

"We're very familiar with their offense because we've been seeing it for a while, just as they're very familiar with ours," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. "They just out-manned us. Sometimes it's not all about the schemes and it's about what you can put on the field. They're just better than us at every position."

It was obvious.


Catoctin needed just six plays and a little under three minutes to march 81 yards on the game's opening drive. The Cougars had rushes of 7, 11, 29, 12 and 22 yards on the series -- the final run taken to paydirt by Paul Barbour. Austin Carter ran in the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 9:13 left in the first quarter.

The Warriors' first possession started out just as promising before it quickly went awry. After Drew Lowery started with a trap that left Boonsboro inches shy of a first down, the next two plays netted minus-1 yard and forced the Warriors to punt from their own 42-yard line.

But the punt was blocked by Nick Maxey to set Catoctin up at the Boonsboro 37.

So started the downward spiral as Catoctin scored four plays later when Kurt Hasselhoff went 5 yards untouched through the heart of the Warriors' defense for a 14-0 lead.

Four of the next six Boonsboro possessions ended in turnovers, while four of the next six for Catoctin ended in touchdowns as the game was all but over at halftime.

The Cougars ran for 248 yards in the first half, with Barbour, Hasselhoff, Carter, Dylan May, Maxey and Travis Bewley each scoring touchdowns. Eleven players carried the ball for Catoctin, led by Carter, who finished with 114 yards. Carter and Bewley also added second-half scoring runs.

"The Lord has blessed us with a lot of runners," said Catoctin coach Doug Williams, whose team is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1986. "There's not going to be one kid that gets a lot of yards because they're not selfish about it."

Catoctin led 46-0 with the running clock in its favor before Boonsboro finally cracked the scoreboard. Brandon McLean, who was held to minus-6 yards in the first half, finally scored with about 10:30 left in the game. The 6-yard touchdown run pushed his rushing total to 16 yards on 11 carries.

Drew Lowery led the Warriors with 48 rushing yards, while quarterback Andy Sigler completed all four of his passes for 79 yards. Brandon Foote caught two passes for 55 yards -- the second reception for 22 yards as time expired.

"I can't think of a thing we did well," Anders said. "They're a very good football team but we didn't prepare well and had an awful week of practice. We had people missing practice and there was a message sent this week: If you don't practice, you don't play."

Catoctin 52, Boonsboro 8

C -- Paul Barbour 22 run (Austin Carter run)

C -- Kurt Hasselhoff 5 run (run failed)

C -- Carter 2 run (run failed)

C -- Dylan May 24 run (Joe Dabbs kick)

C -- Nick Maxey 1 run (kick failed)

C -- Travis Bewley 5 run (pass failed)

C -- Carter 11 run (Dabbs kick)

B -- Brandon McLean 6 run (Brandon Dove pass from Andy Sigler)

C -- Bewley 5 run (kick blocked)



RUSHING -- Boonsboro: Drew Lowery 10-48; McClean 11-16; Sigler 4-(minus-6); Justin Jardeleza 1-5; Evan Marshall 1-4. Catoctin: Maxey 8-17; Carter 11-114; Barbour 4-60; Hasselhoff 2-14; May 2-29; Devon Patterson 4-15; Bewley 6-59; Kellen Maxey 1-(minus-4); Brandon Kinnaird 1-3; Matt Nesbitt 1-0; Cody Tressler 1-(minus-2).

PASSING -- Boonsboro: Sigler 4-4-0-79. Catoctin: May 4-9-0-65.

RECEIVING -- Boonsboro: Jardeleza 1-11; Brandon Foote 2-55; McLean 1-13. Catoctin: Nick Nowalckzik 2-39; N. Maxey 1-12; Barbour 1-14.

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