Washington County Football 2011: Warriors seeking a better start

August 25, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • The 2011 Boonsboro High School varsity football team.
The 2011 Boonsboro High School varsity football team.

BOONSBORO — The immediate goal for the Boonsboro football team in 2011 is to get off to a much-improved start than it had in 2010.

The Warriors had a miserable beginning in 2010, going 1-4 on the way to a 2-8 campaign — the worst since 2003 in the tenure of Clayton Anders, who has coached the Warriors since 1985 and has a career mark of 152-121.

“We were not an awful 2-8 team last year,” said Anders. “We played a lot of good teams. This year we’re playing teams our own size and the schedule is a little friendlier. The big key is getting better earlier and get confidence.”

Boonsboro opens the new season at home next Friday against North Carroll, then visits Manchester Valley before delving into the Antietam Conference schedule. The Warriors also have a home date against Hedgesville (W.Va.) in October.

Last year, Boonsboro rolled to a 40-18 win over lowly Owings Mills, but then failed to score a single point in its next four games.

“We had a great summer with the kids,” said Anders. “They bought into the weight program. We’re not overly big and we won’t be able to sustain a lot of injuries.”

On the 30-man varsity roster, one player tips the scales at 230 and three others are in the 200-pound range.

“We’re hoping we can move the football on offense so the defense is not on the field the whole game,” said Anders. “We need to be a possession offense team.”

Beginning with the Wing-T offense, calling the signals will be junior quarterback Ryan Ruiz (6 feet, 155), who stepped in late last year as the starter and gained valuable experience.

Ruiz is one of five starters returing on offense, and he ended last season with a QB rating of 144.2, completing 25 of 42 passes for 353 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Two other returning starters are halfbacks — junior Justin Jardeleza (5-8, 170) and senior J.T. Rice (5-8, 155).

They’ll run behind a line anchored by J.R. Lowery, a 5-9, 205-pound senior, and Aaron Turner, a 6-1, 185-pound senior. Jardeleza averaged 6.7 yards per carry on 79 totes for 527 yards and five touchdowns.

“Lowery has gotten stronger and can play any of the line spots, and Turner has shown a great work ethic in the weight room and picked up 20 pounds,” said Anders.

The Warriors have six lettermen returning on defense, which will work from a 4-4 set with adaptations into a 4-3 depending on spread formations by opponents.

The secondary is set with Jardeleza at safety and Ruiz and junior Zach Poffenberger (5-8, 165) at cornerbacks.

Caleb Jardeleza, who bulked up to 185 pounds, will play one of the linebacker spots along with Lowery and Turner, whom Anders said will “roll up and down in the defensive set adjustments.”

Lowery led the team last year with 42 tackles, including eight for losses. Turner added 35 solo tackles.

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