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Warriors do well enough in win

September 02, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — Season openers typically have good things and bad things.

For Boonsboro, the good things outweighed the bad and the Warriors prevailed over North Carroll 21-12 on Friday night to start their season on a winning note.

The Warriors’ defense was stingy against the run, allowing only 49 yards. The offense did its thing with 232 yards on the ground and 148 in the air.

However, 60 yards in penalites and two turnovers plagued Boonsboro at times.

“Overall the rush defense did a nice job,” said Warriors coach Clayton Anders. “We hurt ourselves with some penalties but we moved the ball on offense.”

Zach Poffenberger had his number called often during the first Boonsboro series of the year, which led to the Warriors’ first score.

Poffenberger had a 16-yard run and hooked up with quarterback Ryan Ruiz on a 21-yarder during a nine-play, 71-yard drive, culminating when Ruiz scored on a sneak from the 1 with 7:58 on the clock. John Rice added the point-after kick, which proved to be the difference at the half.

The Warriors’ defense held steadfast against the rush, holding the Panthers to minus-2 yards in the first half thanks to sacks by John Lowery, Kyle Briggs and Caleb Jardeleza.

However, North Carroll’s passing attack was on the money, as quarterback Terin Kelsey hit on 8 of 13 for 153 yards in the first half.

The Panthers posted their first score when Kelsey spotted Logan Ewen for a 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown. However, North Carroll missed the PAT kick.

Poffenberger also was instrumental defensively opening the second half, picking off a Kelsey pass to give the Warriors a short field at the Panthers 49. Five plays later, Caleb Jardeleza scored from the 8.

Late in the third quarter, Boonsboro constructed a 68-yard drive capped by an ad-libbed play by Ruiz and receiver Aaron Turner. Flushed out of the pocket, Ruiz scrambled to his right while Turner jockeyed to locate an opening along the goal line and was spotted by Ruiz for a 39-yard touchdown and a 21-6 lead.

“That was an athletic play by Ruiz keeping the play alive and by Turner for finding an open spot,” said Anders. “It put us up by two touchdowns and that was big.”

North Carroll took advantage of a Boonsboro fumble with a 64-yard drive. Kelsey hooked up with Dan Gebhart on a screen pass from 11 yards out in the fourth quarter to cut the gap to 21-12.

One of Boonsboro’s penalties negated a 56-yard scoring run by Rice

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North Carroll    0    6    0    6    —    12
Boonsboro    7    0    14    0    —    21
B –  Ryan Ruiz 1 run (John Rice kick)
NC – Logan Ewen 64 pass from Terin Kelsey (kick failed)
B – Caleb Jardeleza 8 run (Rice kick)
B – Aaron Turner 39 pass from Ruiz (Rice kick)
NC – Dan Gebhart 11 pass from Kelsey (run failed)

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