Boonsboro-Smithsburg Notebook

November 05, 2009|By MARK KELLER/

Reaching playoff pinnacle

One Washington County high school football team is already assured a spot in next week's Maryland Class 1A West playoffs.

Three others are battling for the one remaining postseason berth -- and it could turn out that none of those teams gets it.

Here's what we know: Fort Hill (9-0) is the No. 1 seed and Allegany (7-2) is the No. 2 seed, regardless of how their rivalry game turns out Saturday. They will host region semifinal games next Friday and Saturday in Cumberland. Allegany will play the No. 3 seed; Fort Hill gets the fourth seed.

Smithsburg (6-3) is in the playoffs and would clinch the No. 3 seed with a win over Boonsboro tonight. The Leopards are guaranteed a bonus point from both the North Hagerstown-South Hagerstown game and the Clear Spring-Williamsport game because they beat all of those teams. The Leopards could still keep the No. 3 seed with a loss to Boonsboro because of those bonus points.


Smithsburg could also get bonus points from Northern Garrett (by beating Southern Garrett) and Brunswick (by stunning Catoctin).

Boonsboro (5-4) is in with a win over Smithsburg. The Warriors could get the third seed on bonus points with wins from North, Williamsport, Brunswick, Berkeley Springs (by beating Hedgesville) and Owings Mills (by beating 6-3 Dundalk).

The Warriors are not out of it if they lose to Smithsburg, but they'll have to hope for losses by Mountain Ridge and Clear Spring to solidify their spot.

The road for Clear Spring (5-4) and Williamsport (4-5) is much tougher. The winner of their rivalry game needs a Smithsburg win to continue any playoff discussion. They would also need all of the opponents they defeated this season to win to gain them enough bonus points to surpass Boonsboro.

That also could be moot if Mountain Ridge (4-5) upsets Keyser tonight.

Roller coaster

Boonsboro has endured plenty of ups and downs this season, and that inconsistency could be summed up by looking at the Warriors' last two games: A 21-0 loss to South and a 12-6 win over North.

"The loss to South was awful. I think the conditions had something to do with it, because we're just not that type of team this year," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said.

The South game was played in a downpour on a muddy field that took away the Warriors' outside running game.

"Those kids saw that field and said, 'This isn't gonna work. We need a dry field to get outside and do what we want to do,'" Anders said. "And South, their line just took it to us and moved us where they wanted us to go."

Within a week, it all turned around in the win over North. Playing at Mike Callas Stadium on turf, there were no such problems with field conditions.

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