WESTMINSTER, Md. — The Boonsboro football team followed coach Clayton Anders’ simple philosophy.
“I learned in my very first game, it’s not who scores first, it’s who scores most,” Anders said.
After a slow start, it didn’t hurt to score last, too. The Warriors spotted Manchester Valley the first 14 points in the first six minutes and then used the last 57 for their own personal playground in a 57-14 victory on Saturday at McDaniel College.
Boonsboro (1-1) ran up 455 yards of offense. John Rice led the way by scoring four touchdowns — three rushing and one on a 32-yard catch on the last play of the first half.
The Warriors scored 14 points in the last part of the first quarter and another 24 in the second period to take a dominating 38-14 lead at the half.
“We came out flat,” Anders said. “We didn’t start great, but we were able to rally.”
Manchester Valley looked like it was going to have its way with Boonsboro as the Mavericks scored on their first two possessions to jump to the quick 14-0 lead. Manchester Valley cut down Boonsboro’s sweeping offense and attacked the Warriors at will.
It changed quickly on Boonsboro’s third possession.
The Warriors started establishing the inside run to make the Mavericks play honest and took them apart. Justin Jardeleza scored on a 15-yard run on a counter up the middle to pop the cork for the Warriors.
“We started to run some counters, and we were able to mix things up,” Anders said. “We started to play fast and got on the ball to keep things going.”
Boonsboro tied the game on its next possession as quarterback Ryan Ruiz found Aaron Turner along the right side of the end zone for a 21-yard scoring pass.
Then Boonsboro’s defense took over, shutting down the Mavericks the rest of the way.
“Once we got it tied, we did a great job,” Anders said.
The offense stole the rest of the show. Zach Poffenberger ran 3 yards for the touchdown that put Boonsboro ahead with 8:53 to go in the half.
Rice closed the curtain by scoring the next four TDs. He ran in from the 6 before his TD reception. Then he added a pair of 8-yard runs in the third quarter as the Warriors took a 50-14 lead.
William Halbritter scored on the last play of the game to cap the victory.