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High School Football: Warriors roll past Blazers

September 22, 2012|By BOB PARASILITI | bobp@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING — Pain is a game changer.

And when two hampered teams are pitted against each other, one thing is certain — one of them is going to hurt more at the end.

That dubious honor went to Clear Spring on Saturday night, as Boonsboro made lineup switches due to injuries and still racked up a 46-0 victory against the equally undermanned Blazers.

Ethan Foster and Zach Poffenberger each scored two touchdowns as the Warriors (3-1) piloted their own makeshift lineup to a runaway victory while amassing 468 yards of offense.

Three Warriors’ runners went over 100 yards rushing, led by Poffenberger with 131 yards, while Foster had 116 and Justin Jardeleza added 114 yards.

But Foster set the tone for the game by scoring on two long touchdown runs in the first quarter.

“He’s very slippery,” said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders. “He came out in our first scrimmage and made some plays and became our third back. Then he got to play more when Jardeleza and Poffenberger had things they were dealing with. Then, we said that we had to find a way to keep him on the field.”

Foster scored the first two times he touched the ball. He scored from the Clear Spring 33 on a sweep around right end to cap a four-play opening drive for the Warriors.

Foster added a 28-yard burst on another sweep to the right at the 7:00 mark of the first quarter to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead. Boonsboro never looked back.

“We had a put-together crew out there,” said Clear Spring coach Craig Bathgate. “We had guys suspended, sick and hurt. We weren’t at full strength, but that’s no excuse. We didn’t play well.

“We worked on taking the fullback all week. We didn’t tackle and overpursued. We knew what was coming but we didn’t cover the cutbacks.”

Clear Spring suffered injury to the insult of losing as it was forced to use three quarterbacks. Starter Jacob Brandt went down with an injured right knee and was out of the game by the first series of the second quarter. Backup Ryan Aaron went down at the end of the third quarter, forcing the Blazers to turn to junior varsity quarterback Henry Eby to finish the game.

“We had to have the JV quarterback throwing in the varsity game,” Bathgate said.

Boonsboro had its own challenges, as fullback Gunnar Whipp broke his hand in last week’s loss to South Hagerstown and was moved to an offensive line position. That moved Jardeleza to fullback and caused an opening for Foster.

Foster opened up the game for the Warriors.

Quarterback Ryan Ruiz dived in from the 1 for a TD to start the second quarter. Then Poffenberger followed with a 60-yard burst over left tackle to score and give Boonsboro a 27-0 lead with six minutes remaining in the half.

The Warriors closed the half by scoring on an untimed play, as Ruiz found Poffenberger on the right side for a 17-yard screen pass to make it 33-0.

Jardeleza ran 32 yards for a score in the third quarter and Hunter May ran in from 18 yards in the fourth to end the scoring.

Clear Spring managed 178 yards of offense but had three turnovers — two interceptions and a fumble — to stop any chances of scoring. Jesse Gentry had 62 yards rushing, while Eby collected the longest play of the day for the Blazers with a 34-yard pass to Colin Schultz.

As injured as Boonsboro may have felt before the game, Saturday was settling to Anders on two levels.

“A good bounce-back was a win after last week’s loss,” Anders said. “And we did it without getting anyone else hurt.”

Boonsboro 46, Clear Spring 0
Boonsboro    14    19    7    6    —    46
Clear Spring    0    0    0    0    —    0
First Quarter
B — Ethan Foster 33 run (pass failed)
B — Foster 28 run (Zach Poffenberger pass from Justin Jardeleza)
Second Quarter
B — Ryan Ruiz 1 run (Calleb Yurish kick)
B — Poffenberger 60 run (kick failed)
B — Poffenberger 17 pass from Ruiz (kick blocked)
Third Quarter
B — Jardeleza 32 run (Yurish kick)
Fourth Quarter
B — Hunter May 18 run (kick failed)
    Boon    CS
First Downs    16    9
Rushes-yards    37-419    33-127
Passing yards    49    51
Comp-Att-Int    3-3-0    5-13-2
Total offense    40-468    46-178
Fumbles-lost    2-2    4-1
Punts-avg.    1-29.0    5-15.2
Penalties-yards    9-90    5-34
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING — Boonsboro: Poffenberger 10-131, Foster 5-116, Jardeleza 9-114, May 4-23, McClellan 2-10, Team 1-3, Ruiz 5-(minus 3), Cowden 1-(minus 3); Clear Spring: Gentry 14-62, Aaron 8-24, Thomas 4-20, J. Brandt 3-18, Poet 2-3, Team 1-(minus 7).
PASSING — Boonsboro: Ruiz 3-3-0-49; Clear Spring: J. Brandt 3-5-1-13, Aaron 1-5-0-4, Eby 1-3-1-34.
RECEIVING — Boonsboro: Seabright 2-32, Poffenberger 1-17; Clear Spring: Aaron 2-7, Schultz 3-44.
Records: Boonsboro 3-1; Clear Spring 2-2.

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