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Jardeleza sparks Warriors

November 06, 2009|By MARK KELLER

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    BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro football team needed a big night from someone Friday. The Warriors got it from their youngest player.

    Freshman Justin Jardeleza had three interceptions -- returning one 100 yards for a touchdown -- ran for another touchdown and threw for a third to lead Boonsboro to a 28-15 win over archrival Smithsburg.

    "It was, by far, one of the best games I've ever had in my life," Jardeleza said. "Our team won, our seniors are happy ... we're good to go."

    "It's funny sometimes, the things you say to somebody that works," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "I told Justin before we took the field that he needed to play big tonight.

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"He said, 'OK, Coach.'"

With the win, Boonsboro (6-4, 3-1) claims the MVAL Antietam Conference title by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker over Smithsburg (6-4, 3-1).

The Warriors also clinched a berth in the Maryland Class 1A West playoffs and moved past the Leopards -- by one-tenth of a point -- for the No. 3 seed in the region. They will play No. 2 seed Allegany next Saturday afternoon in Cumberland.

"I took the seniors aside right before we came on the field and said, 'This is going to be your last night on this field, but this could be your last ballgame. If we get beat tonight and Clear Spring wins, we're done,'" Anders said. "I wanted them to understand just how big it was."

The Leopards already had clinched a postseason berth and will be the No. 4 seed in the region. They will play No. 1 seed Fort Hill on Friday night in Cumberland.

"(Boonsboro) acted like a team that had to win the ballgame to get in the playoffs," Smithsburg coach Buddy Orndorff said. "We acted like a team that knew it was already in the playoffs. They wanted the game more than we did tonight and it showed."

Three big plays in a span of 9 minutes in the second and third quarters made the difference for the Warriors.

The first was Jardeleza's 58-yard touchdown pass to Haquan Grant with 1:09 left in the first half. Jardeleza lined up on the left side and took a handoff as if he were running a reverse, but instead pulled up and lofted a pass over two Smithsburg defenders to Grant, who carried the ball the last 25 yards for a touchdown that gave the Warriors a 14-9 lead at the half.

"We've been working that and we hit it every time in practice," Anders said. "So we thought we ought to give it a shot tonight."

The second came on the opening kickoff of the second half. Kicking from the 50 because of an unsportsmanlike conduct call against Boonsboro at the end of the first half, the Leopards figured to be able to pin the Warriors deep in their own end.

But the kickoff fell short of the end zone, taken by Branden McLean at the 8. He quickly broke through the first wave of would-be tacklers and was off to the races for a 92-yard touchdown and a 22-9 lead after the two-point conversion.

"We're 15 yards closer and we almost put the ball in the end zone normally," Orndorff said. "We didn't do that."

The third came again from Jardeleza. On a third-and-8 play from the Boonsboro 11, Smithsburg's Justin Morgan threw a pass over the middle that was intended for Jake Gouff. Boonsboro's Scott Haupt tipped the ball into the air and Jardeleza came down with it at the goal line, turning without hesitation to move the ball the opposite direction.

He didn't stop until he reached the end zone, giving the Warriors a 28-9 lead with 4:24 to go in the third quarter.

"I kind of watch the quarterback when i'm not supposed to, but it's been working," Jardeleza said. "I'm going to try to change and watch more on the receiver, but it worked for me tonight."

Jardeleza had another interception on Smithsburg's next possession and got his third midway through the fourth quarter to halt another Leopards drive inside Boonsboro territory.

Jardeleza gave the Warriors the lead in the first quarter with a 23-yard touchdown run. McLean added the two-point run for an 8-3 Boonsboro edge.

That came just three minutes after Smithsburg got on the board first with Jake Gouff's 27-yard field goal, which was set up by a 53-yard opening kickoff return by Ben Daniels.

Daniels added a touchdown run in the second quarter to put Smithsburg back ahead, 9-8.

Neither team accomplished much offensively. Boonsboro had just 207 yards in 42 offensive plays; Smithsburg had 130 yards in 46 plays.

"They've been talking about the Smithsburg game since last year," Anders said. "They were really upset because Smithsburg outplayed us and got us last year and the seniors have been talking about that since August."

Boonsboro 28, Smithsburg 15

S -- FG 27 Jake Gouff
B -- Justin Jardeleza 23 run (Branden McLean run)
S -- Ben Daniels 7 run (kick failed)
B -- Haquan Grant 58 pass from Jardeleza (run failed)
B -- McLean 92 kickoff return (Evan Marshall run)
B -- Jardeleza 100 interception return (run failed)
S -- Cullan Ganley 9 pass from Justin Scott (pass failed)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Smithsburg, Daniels 14-45, Damuth 3-30, Scott 2-13, Smith 9-11, Kim 3-10, Morgan 3-5, Gouff 2-4. Boonsboro, McLean 10-64, Lowery 6-42, Jardeleza 7-35, Sigler 7-23, Marshall 6-8, Team 1-(minus 23).
PASSING--Smithsburg, Morgan 1-8-3-12, Daniels 0-1-1-0, Schwartz, 0-1-0-0. Boonsboro, Jardeleza 1-1-0-58, Sigler 0-4-0-0.
RECEIVING--Smithsburg, Gouff 1-12. Boonsboro, Grant 1-58.

Smithsburg3606--15Boonsboro86140--28SmitBoonFirst downs810Rushes-yards36-11837-149Passing yards1259Comp-Att-Int1-10-41-5-2Total offense46-13042-207Punts-avg.1-44.04-26.0Penalties-yards5-505-55Fumbles-lost1-00-0
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