Warriors have few happy returns

November 14, 2009|By MARK KELLER

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    CUMBERLAND, Md. -- Boonsboro's return game was clicking Saturday afternoon at Greenway Avenue Stadium.

    The problem: Allegany didn't give the Warriors many opportunities to use it.

    The Campers had trouble corralling Branden McLean on punt returns, so they remedied the situation by scoring on seven straight possessions on their way to a 46-6 win over the Warriors in the Maryland Class 1A West semifinals.

    "They're a good football team and we knew we were going to have to be awfully good today to beat them," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "They hit some big plays on us and got on a bit of a roll."

    Allegany (8-3) got on quite a roll. At one point in the first half, the Campers scored three times in four offensive plays. In the second quarter alone, they ran just 11 offensive plays and scored 23 points.


The Warriors (6-5) were not without their own opportunities, most of which were set up by their kick returns. They came up empty in most of those opportunities.

Brandon Dove took the game's opening kickoff at the goal line and returned it 87 yards to the Allegany 13. Boonsboro's four plays netted minus-8 yards.

The Warriors defense held Allegany to three-and-out and John Carpenter hit a high 45-yard punt that McLean received at the Boonsboro 29. He started to the middle, then caught three blocks and headed up the sideline.

He was pushed out of bounds at the Allegany 10, but a late flag for an illegal block in the back at the Boonsboro 39 negated most of the return.

The Warriors did pick up their first two first downs on that drive -- one on a 12-yard pass from Andy Sigler to Justin Jardeleza, the other on a 15-yard run by J.R. Lowery, who moved from center to the backfield to replace his injured brother, Drew

"He balances us and it's harder for opposing teams to focus on one guy with him back there," Anders said of Drew Lowery, who blew out his knee last week against Smithsburg and had surgery this week. "When he or Branden is not on the field, we're a very different ballteam."

The drive stalled after a pair of incomplete passes, including one which had Boonsboro coaches screaming for a penalty flag when Brandon Foote was knocked down with the ball in the air.

Boonsboro punted and Allegany got its offense going, led by Dustin Wharton. Wharton carried four times for 40 yards and Aaron Leasure powered in from the 5 to give the Campers a 7-0 lead.

Carpenter then did his part to keep the ball out of the hands of Dove and McLean, booting the kickoff into the end zone for a touchback. He did the same on six of the next seven kickoffs.

Boonsboro trailed 14-0 when it put together its only fruitful possession of the game, an eight-play, 80-yard drive. It featured two 11-yard sweeps by McLean, one for a touchdown. McLean finished with just 15 yards on 14 carries.

"They schemed some things really well against us," Anders said. "He had trouble breaking outside all day."

Allegany quickly regained any lost momentum on its next play from scrimmage. Quarterback Drew O'Neal perfectly spotted Wharton with a pass right over McLean's head which Wharton took for a 56-yard touchdown and a 21-6 Campers lead.

A short Boonsboro punt led to a two-play possession for Allegany, capped by a 34-yard touchdown run by J.D. Hook, his second of the game.

The only sparks Boonsboro saw after that came on punt returns of 40 and 47 yards by McLean in the second half. Both gave the Warriors great field position, but they were unable to convert it into points.

Boonsboro had the ball inside the Allegany 25 five times and scored only once.

"We had some field position and capitalize on it," Anders said. "We knew every time we had field position we were going to have to take advantage of it and we didn't do that."

McLean finished with 100 return yards, while Jardeleza had 52 rushing yards for the Warriors.

"We were a little above average this season. We had some games were were pretty good, some we were pretty bad," Anders said. "We had a very small margin for error because of our lack of depth. When we were missing a couple people, we really struggled."

Wharton finished with 140 rushing yards and Hook added 47 for the Campers, who had 395 total yards.

Allegany will play Fort Hill in the 1A West final Friday at 7 p.m. in Cumberland.

Allegany 46, Boonsboro 6

A -- Aaron Leasure 5 run (John Carpenter kick)
A -- J.D. Hook 2 run (Carpenter kick)
B -- Branden McLean 11 run (run failed)
A -- Dustin Wharton 56 pass from Drew O'Neal (Carpenter kick)
A -- Hook 34 run (pass failed)
A -- FG 25 Carpenter
A -- Wharton 16 run (Carpenter kick)
A -- FG 36 Carpenter
A -- Melvin Tyson 33 run (kick blocked)


RUSHING--Boonsboro, Jardeleza 6-52, Lowery 5-26, McLean 14-15, Rice 1-15, Gregory 2-7, Marshall 1-6, Haupt 1-2, Sigler 10-(minus-32). Allegany, Wharton 11-140, Tyson 3-56, Hook 6-47, Leasure 4-14, Jessie 1-7, O'Neal 2-(minus-4), Bonnett 4-(minus-6).
PASSING--Boonsboro, Sigler 3-11-2-39, Jardeleza 0-1-0-0. Allegany, O'Neal 5-12-1-145.
RECEIVING--Boonsboro, McLean 2-25, Foote 2-19, Jardeleza 1-12. Allegany, Jessie 2-44, Wharton 1-56, Casey 1-29, Barber 1-16.
Records: Boonsboro 6-5; Allegany 8-3.

Boonsboro0600--6Allegany142336--46BoonAllFirst downs1014Rushes-yards40-9131-250Passing yards56145Comp-Att-Int5-14-25-12-1Total offense54-14743-395Punts-avg.5-30.43-38.0Penalties-yards5-385-45Fumbles-lost1-03-0
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