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Warriors fumble a game away

September 17, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO -- Thursday night's rain-soaked football game between Boonsboro and Middletown wasn't as much a matter of which team fumbled the most, it was a matter of which team fell on the fumbles.

The Knights put 11 balls on the ground and the Warriors lost control of the pigskin nine times.

But Middletown recovered nine of its 11 fumbles and also fell on five of Boonsboro's nine. That played a key role in Middletown's 34-0 shutout victory over the Warriors.

"We had way too many turnovers," Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders said. "We didn't have a realistic chance of beating Middletown. I was very disappointed with our non-production and lack of ability."

"Middletown did a nice job," Anders said. "Quite often, they were able to go down a short field and take advantage of their opportunities."

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Middletown (2-1) finished with 16 first downs to just two for Boonsboro (1-2).

"I think the key to the win tonight was just the team staying together," Middletown coach Kevin Lynott said. "We had some sloppy field conditions out there tonight. The team that usually overcomes those conditions the most is the one that wins the game. We did a good job of handling the adversity. We did not lose our composure."

Boonsboro received the opening kickoff, but on the second play from scrimmage, Middletown senior defensive back Hunter Lumley intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards along the left sideline for a touchdown to give the Knights the lead.

With 1:38 remaining in the first quarter, senior quarterback Tyler Lyons dashed to the right side for a 15-yard touchdown run to boost the Knights' lead to 14-0.

With 7:35 left in the second quarter, Boonsboro attempted to punt from its own 23-yard line and had it blocked for a loss of 14 yards to give the Knights a first down at the Warriors 9. A couple plays later, senior running back Sam Michels broke through the right side for a 1-yard score and a 21-0 lead.

Michels added a 7-yard touchdown run to the left side with 9:06 left in the fourth quarter to increase the Knights' advantage to 27-0.

Middletown got its final score with 5:56 remaining on a 2-yard run by junior fullback Collin Delauter.

Sophomore kicker Zach Welch made 4 of 5 extra-point kicks for the Knights.

"It just came down to a good old-fashioned mud game and the fact of who was able to hold onto the ball the most," Lynott said.

Middletown 34, Boonsboro 0

Middletown 14 7 0 13 -- 34

Boonsboro 0 0 0 0 -- 0

M -- Hunter Lumley 35 interception return (Zach Welch kick)

M -- Tyler Lyons 15 run (Welch kick)

M -- Sam Michels 1 run (Welch kick)

M -- Michels 7 run (kick blocked)

M -- Collin Delauter 2 run (Welch kick)

Midd Boo

First downs 16 2

Rushes-yards 56-216 31-24

Passing yards 11 0

Comp-Att-Int 3-8-1 0-4-1

Total offense 64-227 35-24

Punts-avg. 4-28.8 6-22.3

Penalties-yards 7-35 4-35

Fumbles-lost 11-2 9-5

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Middletown, Lewis 1-21, Welch 3-12, Michels 26-100, Lumley 5-21, Pirrone 2-14, Lyons 3-20, Delauter 5-16, Pritts 5-4, Myers 1-0, Thompkins 3-3, Tolino 1-4, McCartney 1-1. Boonsboro, Sigler 6-(-34), Lowery 13-43, J. Jardeleza 4-10, Blickenstaff 1-(-3), Ruiz 3-(-4), Marshall 2-1, Gregory 2-11.

PASSING--Middletown, Lyons 2-6-0-(-3), Michels 1-2-1-14. Boonsboro, Sigler 0-1-1-0. Ruiz 0-3-0-0.

RECEIVING--Middletown, Lumley 2-(-3), Lewis 1-14.

Records: Middletown 2-1; Boonsboro 1-2.

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