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Warriors top Blazers, stay perfect

September 24, 2011|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — Clayton Anders can exhale.

The longtime Boonsboro football coach admitted he might have needed oxygen when the Warriors spiced up his old standby Wing-T offense with a quicker pace to suit this year’s personnel. It’s been four weeks now and Anders has yet to pass out.

“I didn’t know what to expect when we decided to go to the no-huddle,” Anders said. “I didn’t know how it would go and I was holding my breath for the whole summer, but I have been picking it up. Our coaches have been picking it up. And the kids have picked it up. I’m pleasantly surprised that we are 4-0.”

That was more than a collective sigh of relief coming from Boonsboro. In fact, it bordered on a direct blowout.

Boonsboro’s up-tempo style only enhanced an already diverse offense, while the defense totally dominated the game on Saturday as the Warriors handled Clear Spring 28-7 in a battle of unbeatens at North Hagerstown’s Mike Callas Stadium.

Friday’s heavy rain — which led to soft turf — forced Boonsboro to give up its home game and move it to North for a Saturday morning matchup that left the Blazers gasping for air.

The Warriors (4-0) ran for four touchdowns — two by Justin Jardeleza — while the defense held the Blazers to a virtual standstill.

“The defense was incredible,” Anders said. “Clear Spring has a lot of good schemes and only allowed that one big play late. Coach (Pete) Yurish came up with some good schemes and we got a lot of good pressure and coverage.”

Boonsboro’s defense stifled Clear Spring, with 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage that totaled minus-149 yards. Add in runs for no gain and incomplete passes, and 35 of the Blazers’ 65 total plays went for zero or negative yardage.

Clear Spring quarterback Adam Mellott ran for his life for most of the game, but managed 226 yards passing and a touchdown to make the Blazers’ offensive output semi-respectable.

“We made too many protection mistakes,” said Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate. “When we gave Adam some protection, we were able to move the ball. Mistakes killed us. We had too many poorly timed mistakes.

“In the first half, we had bad field position. Then we get a bad punt and give them the short field. You can’t do that against a team like Boonsboro. I wish we could put together a game like we know what we can do. Today, we had a great chance but didn’t do it.”

Boonsboro owned a 6-0 lead after the first quarter by scoring on its second possession. Jardeleza swept in from the 9 for the touchdown to end a four-play drive that included Ryan Ruiz’s 38-yard pass to Aaron Turner.

The Warriors owned a 21-0 lead at the half. Jardeleza scored from the 4 two plays after Gunnar Whipp broke a 52-yard run. John Rice followed with a 26-yard scoring run to give Boonsboro the three touchdown bulge. Jardeleza connected with Turner on an option pass for the conversion after his score, and Rice added an extra-point kick to his TD to complete the 21-point advantage.

Zach Poffenberger broke off a 68-yard run for the Warriors’ last score on the first play after Boonsboro held Clear Spring on downs.

Mellott found Mike Sensenbaugh for a 13-yard scoring pass with 7:00 remaining to avert the shutout.

Boonsboro finished with 303 offensive yards, led by Poffenberger with 90 on four carries. Clear Spring managed 115 yards, including minus-111 yards rushing.

Boonsboro 28, Clear Spring 7
Clear Spring    0    0    0    7    —    7
Boonsboro    6    15    7    0    —    28
First Quarter
B — Justin Jardeleza 9 run (kick failed)
Second Quarter
B — Jardeleza 4 run (Aaron Turner from Jardeleza)
B — J.T. Rice 26 run (Rice kick)
Third Quarter
B — Zach Poffenberger 68 run (Rice kick)
Fourth Quarter
CS — Mike Sensenbaugh 13 pass from Adam Mellott (Jonathan Durboraw kick)
        CS    B
First downs    16    9
Rushes-yards 35-(minus-111)        40-252
Passing yards    226    51
Comp-Att-Int    16-30-1     3-5-1
Total offense    35-115        45-302
Fumbles-lost        3-2        2-2
Punts-avg.        5-22.8        4-34.2
Penalties-yards    12-75        6-50
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Clear Spring, Smith 10-24, Elwood 2-9, Brant 2-5, Gentry 3-(minus 1), Aaron 1-(minus 5), Mellott 13-(minus 48), Team 4-(minus 70); Boonsboro, Poffenberger 4-90, J. Jardeleza 12-66, Whipp 8-66, Rice 7-32, Ruiz 4-2, Halbritter 4-(minus 2), Cowen 1-(-2).
PASSING—Clear Spring, Mellott 16-30-1 226; Boonsboro, Ruiz 3-4-1 51, Cowen 0-1-0 0.
RECEIVING—Clear Spring, Sensenbaugh 4-60, Habel 4-37, Elwood 3-22, Aaron 2-25, Paul 1-32, Miller 1-18; Boonsboro, Poffenberger 2-13, Turner 1-38.

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