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Warriors need full day's work against Campers

November 13, 2009|By BOB PARASILITI

BOONSBORO -- At this point of the season, the Boonsboro football team might be applying the Seven Dwarfs theory to any playoff hopes.

That is to say, the Warriors will be listening for whistles while they work.

All Hi-hos aside, it's off to Cumberland, Md., the Warriors go to play Allegany in the Maryland Class 1A West semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. In many circles, Boonsboro is a huge underdog, but there are hopes that good, ol' fashioned hard work can turn the tide.

"For us to feel good about our game on Saturday, we will have to compete on every play to the whistle," said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. "That's the way (Allegany) plays. It's Game 11 so fitness shouldn't be a problem. It's a matter of playing hard seven seconds at a time."

It will come down precision and execution for the No. 3-seeded Warriors when they face the No. 2-seeded Campers. It was the lesser of two evils for Boonsboro, though, which staked its playoff future on beating Smithsburg last week in order to avoid a first-round matchup with top-seed Fort Hill.

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"When we got to Week 10, I was proud of the way the kids understood the gravity of the situation," said Anders, who got his 150th win in his 25-year career at Boonsboro last week. "They knew that if they won, they were assured of the playoffs and that we had a chance of getting past Smithsburg so that we didn't have to play Fort Hill in the first round."

Smithsburg gets that assignment today, while Boonsboro enjoys the change of pace the Saturday game brings. It also gives the Warriors a little extra time to get ready.

They needed it. Even in the first week of the playoffs, the Warriors still will need to find some answers for roster problems. For one, Boonsboro will be playing without halfback-linebacker Drew Lowery, who injured a knee against Smithsburg and was facing surgery.

"This team still has a lot of parts and we are scrambling looking for people to put in solid spots," Anders said. "We lost Lowery and he won't be available on Saturday. When he was able to play, it kept us balanced."

Lowery gave Boonsboro a second option to go with Branden McLean for a one-two rushing punch on offense. They gave quarterback Andy Sigler some options to move the Warriors.

A bigger problem may be on the defensive side of the ball. The Warriors will have to "play the full seven seconds" to slow the Campers and try to force miscues slow Allegany.

"We have to play well," Anders said. "Last week against Smithsburg, we got a few extra possessions with interceptions and fumble recoveries. We have to put emphasis on getting those plays and on the kicking game to gain field position.

"We know that we have to defend well because we know what they do," Anders said. "It will be a matter of hitting the points of attack and preventing the big plays."

Maybe one of the bigger factors for the Warriors will be the ability to cope with playing at Greenway Stadium. The crowd and the surroundings will be much bigger than anything Boonsboro experienced during the season.

"It is a different venue," Anders said. "It's a nice facility, but the kids enjoy playing on the turf fields. We had the opportunity to do it twice this season and they loved it.

"The ability to handle it all is the million dollar question. I've gone into these games before after a win and after a loss and I would much rather do it after a win."

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