McLean, Warriors run wild over Railroaders

October 02, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO -- Clayton Anders is in his 25th year as Boonsboro head football coach.

Even he can't remember as dominant a rushing attack as the Warriors showed Friday night against Brunswick.

Boonsboro tore its way through Brunswick's defense with an amazing 491 yards on the ground, manhandling the Railroaders on the edges for a 44-8 victory to snap a three-game losing streak.

"We've had 300 yards rushing several times, but I can't remember a time when we've even broke 400," Anders said. "We hit some big plays and did a nice job of hitting the edges. It was just a matter of realizing what we had to do to win."

Senior Branden McLean rushed for 261 yards on just eight carries, scoring on touchdown runs of 80 and 92 yards for the Warriors (2-3). McLean also returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown, avoiding tackles along the sideline and leaving the Brunswick defenders behind him.


"I have good vision on the outside and I can move left to right pretty good," McLean said. "The blocking was good up front and everyone worked as a team. All week long during practice everyone showed up and worked hard."

Backfield mate Drew Lowery would agree, as he rushed for 125 yards on only 11 carries, including a 32-yard score.

"The offensive line was great, they were getting off the ball really quick," said Lowery, who rushed just once for five yards in the second half with the Warriors leading. "Our scouting report on (Brunswick) showed that we could get outside on the edges and, with Branden's speed, we took advantage. We complement each other really well."

McLean's punt return for a touchdown put Boonsboro ahead 6-0 with 7:12 left in the first quarter. Brunswick (2-3) answered with a 10-play drive that lasted almost five minutes, capped when quarterback Ian Fisher connected with Kyle Romanek for a 23-yard touchdown. Tyrus Lawson added the two-point conversion for an 8-6 Railroaders lead.

From there, it was all Boonsboro.

The Warriors took a 12-8 lead on Lowery's touchdown run with 6 seconds left in the first quarter. Quarterback Andy Sigler found Brandon Foote for a 12-yard touchdown and Evan Marshall scored from 9 yards, crashing over Brunswick's Joey Conrad at the goal line, for the other Boonsboro scores.

The win is the first since opening night for Boonsboro, which dropped a 52-8 decision to Catoctin last week.

"You're never as bad as you look in a bad loss and you're usually not as good as you look in a big win. It depends on the team you play," Anders said. "The fact is, Catoctin is just a better team than Brunswick."

McLean's 92-yard touchdown run followed by Lowery's two-point conversion late in the third quarter initiated the running clock for the rest of the game.

Boonsboro controlled the scoreboard despite running just 35 plays -- compared to 72 for Brunswick. The Railroaders took the opposite approach of the Warriors, electing to throw the ball 42 times and hitting on 21.

Fisher finished 19-for-36 for 176 yards.

"We watched game film on (Fisher) all week and we ran a 3-5 defense," said Lowery, who helped contain the passing attack. "We had better underneath coverage and that allowed us to keep everything in front of us."

Of the 21 completions for Brunswick, 12 of them were for 9 yards or less. Lawson had nine catches for 51 yards in the loss.

Boonsboro 44, Brunswick 8

Bo -- Branden McLean 70 punt return (pass failed)

Br -- Kyle Romanek 23 pass from Ian Fisher (Tyrus Lawson run)

Bo -- Drew Lowery 32 run (run failed)

Bo -- McLean 80 run (Lowery run)

Bo -- Brandon Foote 12 pass from Andy Sigler (Lowery run)

Bo -- Evan Marshall 9 run (Lowery run)

Bo -- McLean 92 run (Lowery run)


RUSHING-- Brunswick: Joey Conrad 5-33; Lawson 7-34; Fisher 9-(minus-2); C.J. Shankle 8-36; Romanek 1-20. Boonsboro: McLean 8-261; Lowery 11-125; Caleb Jardeleza 4-6; Justin Jardeleza 3-59; Marshall 4-21; Sigler 1-19.

PASSING-- Brunswick: Fisher 19-36-1-176; Lawson 2-5-1-8; Shankle 0-1-0-0. Boonsboro: Sigler 1-4-1-12.

RECEIVING-- Brunswick: P.J. Engleman 4-36; Lawson 9-51; Shankle 4-34; Romanek 3-49; Conrad 1-14. Boonsboro: Foote 1-12.

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