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Warriors answer call vs. Rebels

September 16, 2011|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Justin Jardeleza (15) looks for a way past South Hagerstown's Carlton Davis (23) during Friday night's game at School Stadium.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Boonsboro’s football players answered the gut-check call on Friday night.

Down 13-0 midway through the second quarter, the Warriors rallied for a 36-28 victory over South Hagerstown in the MVAL Antietam Conference lidlifter.

After South Hagerstown (2-1, 0-1) controlled the clock to start the second half with a 9-minute drive that ended with a 3-yard TD run by Isiaha Smith for a 20-14 lead, the Warriors (3-0, 1-0) began their highlight reel.

A quick 65-yard drive answered the Rebels’ score, with all the yardage coming on the ground — finished with a 20-yard TD run by Zach Poffenberger on a counter play that tied the game at 20.

Boonsboro then pounced on a short kickoff at South’s 41-yard line and reached the Rebels’ 14 before stalling and facing a 4th-and-10.

Without fear, quarterback Ryan Ruiz hit Aaron Turner on a screen pass for a score. The same pair hooked up on the two-point conversion pass for a 28-20 lead with 8:21 remaining,

The Warriors held South on downs, and a poor 12-yard punt gave Boonsboro its next possession at the South 47.

Boonsboro went the distance again. Facing 4th-and-2 from the 3, Ruiz picked up a first down, then snuck in for the TD on the next play. Justin Jardeleza found Caleb Jardeleza for the conversion and a 36-20 lead with 3:11 remaining.

South answered, as Brandon Hess completed three passes on a drive that went 65 yards — the last 37 on a TD strike to Michael Hill. Hess threw to Chris Collins for the conversion, and the Rebels were within eight at 36-28 with only 2:05 to play.

Boonsboro recovered the onside kick and punted on fourth down, pinning the Rebels on their own 1 with only one play left — which went for naught on an incomplete pass.

“This is a group of kids we like,” said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. “We’re not great players, not fast, not big but they are kids we like to coach.”

The Warriors never huddled offensively the entire game. Their offense picked up 308 yards.

“We found some things we could do and one of them was playing fast tempo,” said Anders in reference to the no huddle.

Fullback Gunner Whipp got the call 20 times and responded with 95 yards and a 5-yard score in the second quarter that gave Boonsboro a 14-13 lead at halftime.

“(South) is well-coached and they didn’t let us on the outside,” said Anders. “Our fullback was open and (Whipp) was there tonight.”

South controlled the game early with its first possession covering 93 yards in 13 plays, with Andrew Wells scoring from the 1.

Hess tossed a 48-yard swing pass to Carlton Davis for a score and a 13-0 lead after South stopped Boonsboro on downs.

A late second-quarter interception of a Hess pass set up Whipp’s score before halftime.

Smith led a tandem of rushers for South with 55 yards. Hess had 53 and Ahmere Ware 50 as the Rebels totaled 319 yards of offense

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Boonsboro 36, South Hagerstown 28
Boonsboro    0    14    6    16    —    36
South    7    6    7    8    —    28
First Quarter
SH — Andrew Wells 1 run (Brandon Hess kik)
Second Quarter
SH — Carlton Davis 48 pass from Hess (kick failed)
B — Justin Jardeleza 15 run (John Rice kick)
B — Gunner Whipp 5 run (Rice kick)
Third Quarter
SH — Isaiah Smith 3 run (Hess kick)
B — Zach Poffenberger 18 run (kick failed)
Fourth Quarter
B — Aaron Turner 14 pass from Ryan Ruiz (Turner pass from Ruiz)
B — Ruiz 1 run (Caleb Jardeleza pass from J. Jardeleza)
SH — Michael Hill 37 pass from Hess (Chris Collins pass from Hess)

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