BOONSBORO — The Manchester Valley football team found out early that the postgame bus ride would be a long one.
Boonsboro (2-0) established control early by dominating the line of scrimmage and rumbled to a 48-0 victory Friday night.
What little doubt may have remained as to the ultimate outcome was put to rest late in the first half, when Reiker Bowles intercepted a Mavericks pass on the Boonsboro 3-yard line and sprinted 97 yards down the right sideline virtually untouched behind a wall of blockers for a 35-0 lead at the intermission.
Matters didn’t get any better for Manchester Valley in the second half when Zach Poffenberger picked off a Tommy Slaysman pass on the Mavericks’ first possession of the third period, giving the Warriors a first down at the Boonsboro 39.
A 26-yard completion from Ryan Ruiz to Poffenberger gave the Warriors a first down on the MV 29 before Justin Jardeleza broke through for a 29-yard touchdown run and a 41-0 Boonsboro lead.
While the Warriors’ offense had its way with the Mavericks, the defense proved resilient enough. While MV rushed for 125 yards on 34 carries and ventured into enemy territory four times, Boonsboro forced three turnovers to keep the Mavericks off the scoreboard.
But the Warriors’ ground game proved too efficient for MV, rushing for 223 yards on 34 carries — led by Jardeleza and Ethan Foster, both of whom finished with 65 yards.
In fact, Boonsboro didn’t punt in the game, nor did it fumble the ball.
The Warriors scored their final touchdown after David Drawbaugh recovered a Mavericks fumble early in the fourth period at the MV 22. Four plays later, Foster pushed it in from 5 yards out.
Boonsboro dominated from the game’s opening kickoff, when Jardeleza’s 62-yard return set up the Warriors’ first score, a 2-yard run by Gunnar Whipp.
On Boonsboro’s second drive of the game, three straight first downs on runs from Jardeleza, Poffenberger and Whipp, and 26 rushing yards from Foster set up Ruiz’s 3-yard TD and a 15-0 Warriors advantage with 2:33 left in the first quarter.
After MV went three-and-out, the Warriors marched 72 yards on 11 plays, with Jardeleza carrying the final 7 yards.
Ruiz found Nick Seabright on a 5-yard pass with 3:06 left in the half for a 28-0 lead, before Bowles’ long interception return with 23 seconds remaining in the half.
Ruiz completed 6 of 9 passes for 77 yards — 53 of those to Poffenberger, who caught three passes.
Boonsboro 48, Manchester Valley 0
Manchester Valley 0 0 0 0 — 0
Boonsboro 15 20 6 7 — 48
B — Gunnar Whipp 2 run (Tyler Hollis pass from Justin Jardeleza)
B — Ryan Ruiz 3 run (Caleb Yurish kick)
B — Jardeleza 7 run (Yurish kick)
B — Nick Seabright 8 pass from Ruiz (pass failed)
B — Reiker Bowles 97 interception return
B — Jardeleza 29 run (kick failed)
B — Ethan Foster 5 run (Yurish kick)