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Warriors' punting game goes awry vs. Catoctin

September 25, 2010|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO -- The Boonsboro football team was left kicking itself because of its punting issues Friday night.

The Warriors botched four punt attempts for various reasons, and Catoctin quickly took advantage of the opportunities, scoring touchdowns after each Boonsboro miscue on the way to a 39-0 win.

Catoctin (4-0) stretched its winning streak to 18 games, which includes last year's 14-0 run to the Maryland Class 1A state championship.

Boonsboro (1-3) has suffered three straight shutout losses after winning its season opener.

"We're playing the defending state champions and we kind of gift-wrapped good field position to them," Warriors coach Clayton Anders said. "When you give the other team the ball inside the 10-yard line, you have done yourself a grave injustice. When it is inside the 10-yard line, it is a lot easier to score. The Catoctin defense did a very nice job. We didn't have much success in the first half against them."

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One bright spot for Boonsboro was J.R. Lowery, who rushed for 50 yards in the second half.

The game was scoreless until Catoctin got on the board with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter on Nick Maxey's 4-yard pass to Kellam Maxey, who also ran for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.

When the Warriors needed to punt in the second quarter, the roof quickly caved in on them.

"That was the first time that we won over here in 26 years," Catoctin coach Doug Williams said. "This is a big victory. Our special teams put us in good field position. Our defense kept us in good field position. Our offense had a short field to score on. Our entire defense kept Boonsboro from getting an offense going."

The first punting mistake came on a high snap over the punter's head that moved the ball from the Warriors' 29-yard line to their 8. Eric Barbour ran it in from there for the Cougars with 10:05 remaining in the first half.

The second punting mistake came when the punter dropped the snap, moving the ball from the Warriors' 23 to their 12. Shortly thereafter, Nick Maxey threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Austin Carter for Catoctin with 8:25 to go in the half.

Nick Maxey fired a 50-yard touchdown pass to Kellam Maxey with 4:27 left in the half. The third punting mistake came on another high snap that moved the ball from the Warriors' 27 to their 3. Barbour ran for the score and Landon Routzan kicked the extra point for Catoctin with 2:20 remaining in the half.

The fourth punting mistake came when Harlan Lawson ran in, blocked the punt and returned it 27 yards for another Cougars touchdown with 38 seconds left in the half to close out the scoring.

Catoctin 39, Boonsboro 0
Catoctin 8 31 0 0 -- 39
Boonsboro 0 0 0 0 -- 0

C -- Kellam Maxey 4 pass from Nick Maxey (Kellam Maxey run)

C -- Eric Barbour 8 run (run failed)

C -- Austin Carter 10 pass from Nick Maxey (pass failed)

C -- Kellam Maxey 50 pass from Nick Maxey (pass failed)

C -- Barbour 3 run (Landon Routzan kick)

C -- Harlan Lawson 27 blocked punt return (kick failed)

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First downs 15 7

Rushes-yards 26-198 45-60

Passing yards 72 11

Comp-Att-Int 4-6-0 2-7-1

Total offense 32-270 52-71

Punts-avg. 2-46.0 3-15.7

Penalties-yards 5-65 4-40

Fumbles-lost 2-0 4-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Catoctin, Kellam Maxey 7-38, Barbour 6-41, Carter 1-2, Nick Maxey 1-3, Paguirigan 6-92, Sprankle 3-12, Bewley 1-10, Laramore 1-0; Boonsboro, Gregory 2-5, Sigler 6-10, Lowery 16-(-6), Blickenstaff 10-18, Rice 10-27, Marshall 1-6.

PASSING -- Catoctin, Nick Maxey 4-5-0-72, Laramore 0-1-0-0; Boonsboro, Sigler 2-7-1-11.

RECEIVING -- Catoctin, Kellam Maxey 3-62, Carter 1-10; Boonsboro, Dove 1-7, Caleb Jardeleza 1-4.

Records: Catoctin 4-0; Boonsboro 1-3.

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