High School Football: Smith, Jackson power Rebels

September 14, 2012|By MARK KELLER |
  • South Hagerstown's Isiaha Smith (39) is brought down by Boonsboro's Chad Cowden, top right, and Ethan Foster, bottom, in the second quarte Friday night at Boonsboro.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — South Hagerstown running back Isiaha Smith had gotten most of the attention in the Rebels’ first two wins of the 2012 football season.

And rightfully so. After all, he gained a combined 476 yards and scored eight touchdowns in back-to-back 47-0 wins.

On Friday night, quarterback Brandon Jackson lent a helping hand.

Jackson ran for 170 yards on 12 carries, scored one touchdown and threw for another as the Rebels knocked Boonsboro from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 32-13 win in an MVAL Antietam Conference game at Warrior Field.

The Rebels (3-0, 1-0) have won their first three games for the first time since 1990.

Jackson served well as a complement to Smith, who put up workhorse numbers. Smith carried 32 times for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Most of his yards came between the tackles, and when the 6-foot, 220-pound junior got through the first level of the defense, the Warriors had a hard time dragging him down.

If there was any doubt Boonsboro (2-1, 0-1) would get a healthy serving of Smith up the middle, it was quickly put to rest. He carried the ball eight times in a nine-play drive that followed a Boonsboro fumble, capping it with a 3-yard run — up the middle, of course — to give South a 6-0 lead.

But the Warriors struck right back, going 79 yards in eight plays with a mix of different runners and pass plays. Ryan Ruiz connected with Zach Poffenberger for a 4-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 6 with 2:08 left in the first quarter.

Smith scored again on a 25-yard run early in the second quarter as the Rebels took a 12-6 lead, but it was Jackson who had the two biggest plays in the possession. He converted a third-and-18 with a 25-yard run of his own and picked up another first down on a third-and-1 play.

After a Boonsboro punt, the Rebels put together another long drive, with Jackson again making huge plays. On fourth-and-21 at the Boonsboro 33, Jackson completed a pass to Teon Maeser for 29 yards. After a snap over Jackson’s head gave South a third-and-goal from the 20, Jackson set up all of his receivers to his right, then ran left, faking out one tackler and bulling into the end zone for a 19-6 lead just before halftime.

The Warriors came out firing in the second half, slowing the Rebels’ running game on their first possession. They took advantage of a short field after another high snap had South’s punter covering the ball at the Boonsboro 8. Poffenberger scored on a 5-yard sweep to pull the Warriors within six at 19-13.

But Jackson went back to work on South’s next drive, breaking off a 28-yard run to get the ball deep into Boonsboro territory. On fourth-and-5 from the 10, Jackson threw a swing pass to Maeser, who slipped two tackles on the way to the goal line, giving South its 13-point lead back.

Andrew Wells scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth for South to complete the scoring.

Ruiz threw for 102 yards for Boonsboro. Poffenberger ran for 41 yards and caught six passes for 53 yards.

South Hagerstown 32, Boonsboro 13
South Hagerstown    6    13    7    6    —    32
Boonsboro    6    0    7    0    —    13
First Quarter
SH – Isiaha Smith 3 run (kick failed)
B – Zach Poffenberger 4 pass from Ryan Ruiz (kick failed)
Second Quarter
SH – Smith 25 run (kick failed)
SH – Brandon Jackson 20 run (Craig Coffin kick)
Third Quarter
B – Zach Poffenberger 5 run (Calleb Yurish kick)
SH – Teon Maeser 10 pass from Jackson (Coffin kick)
Fourth Quarter
SH – Andrew Wells 2 run (run failed)
    SH    Boon
First downs    17    11
Rushes-yards    53-345    29-79
Passing yards    51    126
Comp-Att-Int    4-7-0    11-19-1
Total offense    60-396    48-205
Punts-avg.    1-30.0    1-39.0
Penalties-yards    16-139    6-60
Fumbles-lost    2-0    2-2

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