Warriors' win eases the pain

October 30, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

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    HAGERSTOWN -- One week ago, Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said a 21-0 loss to South Hagerstown was "as poor a performance as I've been associated with in a long, long time."

    Friday night sure helped ease the pain.

    The Warriors came through in a game they needed to win to remain alive for a Class 1A West playoff berth with a 12-6 victory over North Hagerstown at Mike Callas Stadium.

    "We knew we could do better," said Anders. "We had some people banged up last week that made a big difference."

    Andrew Lowery missed half of last week's game. He was back Friday and hit paydirt from 69 yards on the first play of the second half for what proved to be the game-winning score.


Broc Kline was hurt last week, but he was back at linebacker alongside Scott Haupt. Together, the two were the defensive leaders who bottled up North Hagerstown's Anthony Winter, allowing the scatback only 75 yards on 22 carries.

"Boonsboro's defensive play won the game," said Hubs coach Dan Cunningham. "(Kline) was in our backfield more than our own backs were."

One of Boonsboro's Achilles' heels this season has been its kicking game. On Friday, a pair of punters produced only a 22-yard average on eight boots, including a 2-yarder and a 4-yarder, leaving North with exceptional field position.

"The defense made several critical stops, especially when North got such good field position," said Anders.

Boonsboro's defense bent but didn't break during a five-minute stretch in the third period after Lowery scored.

The Warriors muffed a punt that North recovered, but failed to take advantage of from the Boonsboro 17. Kline stopped Winter for a 4-yard loss that put the Hubs in a "must" punt situation.

Early in the fourth period, after Lynn Lowman hit Desmond Meade on a 35-yard pass play to reach the Warriors 18, the defense stiffened and on fourth-and-11, Haupt blitzed Lowman, forcing a hurried, incomplete pass.

Boonsboro took a 6-0 advantage in the opening quarter after Branden McLean intercepted North starting quarterback Steve Coccodrilli's pass.

From the Warriors 44, Lowery ran for 2 before Andy Sigler dropped in a pass to Brandon Foote at North's 32 and Foote raced untouched for a 54-yard score. A two-point conversion run failed.

"We saw on film where there might be an opportunity deep," said Anders. "If Andy gets protection, he can throw the football."

North -- which was called for penalties totalling 70 yards in the first half -- appeared unlikely to score in the first half when the Hubs gained possession at their own 35 with 49 seconds remaining.

A.J. Staley ran for 19 yards, and with 11 seconds remaining, Lowman dumped a short pass under the Boonsboro defense to Joe Mattei, who outraced McLean to the end zone for a 31-yard touchdown. But the extra point kick failed as the Hubs missed on a chance to take the lead.

"If North gets the extra point and the lead, I think some heads might have dropped being right before the half," said Anders. "Going in at half tied, it was just an equalizer."

Boonsboro had a plus-four turnover ratio with the Hubs guilty of five. North finished with 110 yards in penalties, but more importantly the Hubs were held to just 118 yards on the ground.

Lowery finished his night with a game-high 140 yards on 17 carries as the Warriors churned out 192 on the ground. McLean had 56 yards on 14 carries and added two interceptions.

"I thought we were prepared, but our linemen just wanted to stand around and watch our backs," said Cunningham. "We have no excuses. Penalties destroyed every drive."

Boonsboro 12, North Hagerstown 6

B--Brandon Foote 54 pass from Andy Sigler (run failed)
NH--Joe Mattei 31 pass from Lynn Lowman (kick failed)
B--Andrew Lowery 69 run (run failed)


RUSHING--Boonsboro, Lowery 17-140, McLean 14-56, J. Jardeleza 2-4,, Sigler 2-(minus 8), Team 2-0; North Hagerstown, Winter 22-75, Staley 14-62, Wells 1-(minus 4), Team 3-(minus 15).
PASSING--Boonsboro, Sigler 2-6-69-0; North Hagerstown, Coccodrilli 1-3-1-2, Lowman 5-10-131-0.
RECEIVING--Boonsboro, Foote 1-54, J. Jardeleza 1-15; North Hagerstown, Meade 3-89, Mattei 2-43.

Boonsboro6060--12North Hagerstown0600--6BooNHFirst downs147Rushes-yards41-19240-118Passing yards69132Comp-Att-Int2-6-05-13-2Total offense47-26153-250Punts-avg.8-22.36-39.1Penalties-yards7-629-110Fumbles-lost2-13-3
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