Jets, Titans scratch out wins to claim junior football titles

November 20, 2011|By JACK HILL III | Staff Correspondent

HALFWAY — The Jets soared and the Titans towered on Sunday during the Washington County Junior Football League championship games on Sunday at Martin L. Snook County Park.

The Smithsburg Jets defeated the Clear Spring Chargers 14-6 for the A Division title game, while the Boonsboro Titans edged the Smithsburg Patriots 6-0 to win their second straight B Division crown.

* The Jets (8-2) did all of their scoring in the second quarter to win the A title for their second title in three years. They won the B division title in 2009.

Devin Robinson broke through right tackle for a 14-yard touchdown run to put Smithsburg on top 6-0 with 3:03 remaining before halftime. Ryan Kolich intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards for a score with :16 left to give the Jets a 14-0 halftime lead.

“Defense was the key today,” Smithsburg coach Darren Deffenbaugh said. “We have told the kids all year that defense wins championships and the kids stepped it up on defense today. Bryce Scott was a monster on defense all year and today was no different.

“Joey Schwartz, Devin Robinson, Cole Huntzberry and Ryan Kolich were our offensive stars all year long. All year, we were very offensive-oriented. But today on defense, we raised it up one notch to get the win.”

Joseph McCoy got Clear Spring (8-2) on the board with 2:23 remaining by returning a fumble 40 yards for a touchdown.

* Boonsboro (9-1) scored the game’s only touchdown with 1:43 remaining in the first quarter as Max Crist ran 52 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.

“It felt good,” Crist said. “I just followed the block and ran. It was a good performance by the team today. Everybody has given total effort all season. It’s awesome to be champions for the second year in a row.”

Crist finished with 143 yards on 14 carries. The Patriots finished the season at 6-4.

“The key to victory was we have had countless hours of breaking the film down to prepare for the Patriots,” Boonsboro coach Joe Harsh said. “They run the same Wing-T offense that we do. So, it was pretty much like we were playing against ourselves. The defense was on their A game by not allowing the Patriots to score. The offensive line played a very big role in this. That helped us to grind out the yardage and run out the clock.”

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