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Boonsboro's quick strikes don't spare stunned Wildcats

September 30, 2011|By MARK KELLER | keller@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Justin Jardeleza breaks into the clear and heads downfield for a substantial gain on Friday during the Warriors' 47-7 victory over Williamsport.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — If it weren’t for big plays, the Boonsboro football team would have made very few plays at all Friday night.

Fortunately, the Warriors made more than a few big plays.

Zach Poffenberger returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown to start a first-half onslaught as Boonsboro went on to rout Williamsport 47-7 in an MVAL Antietam game.

Boonsboro (5-0, 2-0) scored all of its points in the first half despite only running 25 plays from scrimmage. The Warriors used two special teams scores and two defensive touchdowns to complement the offense and demoralize the Wildcats.

“Big plays like those are disastrous because it has a stunning effect,” Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker said. “And with us having guys playing two ways, that emotional effect carries over from offense to defense. It’s very frustrating.”

Poffenberger had both of the special teams touchdowns for Boonsboro. In addition to the opening kickoff return, he returned a punt 62 yards for a score late in the first quarter, spinning out of a tackle right after taking the kick and sprinting down the sideline for the touchdown.

“We were due for some returns,” said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. “We’ve worked very hard on kickoff and punt returns and we really wanted to hit one tonight. It started with the kickoff and that kind of catapulted us.”

The second quarter belonged to Justin Jardeleza. On the first play of that period, Jardeleza stepped in front of a Brandon Jackson pass and took it 48 yards the other way for a score that gave Boonsboro a 27-0 lead.

Two plays later, it was a new quarterback (T.J. Boyer), but the exact same result. Jardeleza got his second interception and again went 48 yards for a touchdown.

When Boonsboro finally ran an offensive play in the second, it was Jardeleza running to the right side on a counter, slipping a tackle and slicing through the defense for a 64-yard touchdown and a 41-0 lead with 8 minutes left in the first half.

J.T. Rice scored on a 39-yard run in the first quarter and Ryan Ruiz connected with Aaron Turner on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second to close out the scoring for Boonsboro, which plays at Catoctin on Thursday.

“We work each week on not reading our own news clips,” Anders said. “We’re not good enough that we can’t prepare for any game. Catoctin has been tough and given us trouble the last couple years. We’re not looking past anybody.”

Williamsport (2-3, 0-2) ended the Warriors’ shutout bid in the third quarter when Antonio Murphy scored on a 5-yard run.

“Boonsboro played at a very high level and we didn’t,” Longnecker said. “That kickoff return set the stage and it just snowballed from there.”

Boonsboro 47, Williamsport 7
Boonsboro    21    26    0    0    —    47
Williamsport    0    0    7    0    —    7
First Quarter
B—Zach Poffenberger 90 kickoff return (J.T. Rice kick)
B—Rice 39 run (Rice kick)
B—Poffenberger 62 punt return (Caleb Yurish kick)
Second Quarter
B—Justin Jardeleza 48 interception return (kick failed)
B—Jardeleza 48 interception return (Yurish kick)
B—Jardeleza 64 run (Yurish kick)
B—Aaron Turner 23 pass from Ryan Ruiz (kick failed)
Third Quarter
W—Antonio Murphy 5 run (Kyle Marshall kick)
    Boon    Will
First downs    7    8
Rushes-yards    29-255    26-105
Passing yards    42    34
Comp-Att-Int    3-5-0    5-17-3
Total offense    34-297    43-139
Punts-avg.    2-32.5    6-33.8
Penalties-yards    6-50    4-50
Fumbles-lost    0-0    2-1
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Boonsboro, Rice 6-126, J. Jardeleza 3-72, Poffenberger 4-22, Whipp 4-12, Briggs 4-12, Halbritter 5-7, McMillan 2-4, C. Jardeleza 1-0; Williamsport, Fridley 7-33, Palmer 5-24, Murphy 3-23, Berchock 1-9, Wise 1-9, Jackson 8-4, Threewits 1-3.
PASSING—Boonsboro, Ruiz 3-5-0-42; Williamsport, Jackson 4-11-2-28, Boyer 1-6-1-6.
RECEIVING—Boonsboro, Turner 1-23, Halbritter 1-16, Poffenberger 1-3. Williamsport, Palladino 2-22, Palmer 1-6, Wise 1-5, Threewitts 1-1.

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