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High School Football: Warriors score at will in rout of Wildcats

September 28, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Ethan Foster tries to run through the tackle of Williamsport's Kevin Zeger during Friday night's MVAL Antietam football game in Boonsboro.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — In a show of sportsmanship, all the players and coaches from Boonsboro and Williamsport shook hands at midfield following the coin toss before Friday’s MVAL Antietam football contest.

After that, it was all Boonsboro. The Warriors piled up 466 yards of offense, rolling past the Wildcats, 59-19.

It was the most points ever scored by Boonsboro against Williamsport, and it also tied the record for the most points the Wildcats have ever given up in a game.

Boonsboro (3-2, 1-1) took the opening kickoff and Justin Jardeleza gained 36 yards on the first play from scrimmage, then capped off the drive with a 34-yard touchdown reception from Chad Cowden just two minutes into the game. Calleb Yurish booted the first of his six extra points — and later added a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter — as the rout was on.

After stopping Williamsport with 4:41 left in the first quarter, the Warriors marched behind Cowden’s completions of 21 yards to Ethan Foster, 18 yards to Jardeleza and a 30-yard TD strike to Nick Seabright.

Cowden made his first varsity start at quarterback, and he completed 4 of 7 passes — all in the first half — for 103 yards. He started in place of Ryan Ruiz, who injured his non-throwing hand last week.

“(Chad) did a very nice job in his first start,” said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders.

Boonsboro racked up 229 yards of offense in the first quarter alone.

Williamsport (0-5, 0-2) cut the deficit to 17-7 on a 77-yard drive that included a 27-yard pass from T.J. Boyer to Jesse Zeger that helped set up a 6-yard scoring pass from Boyer to B.J. Savage with 6:13 left in the first half.

But Boonsboro answered quickly when Jardeleza ran 32 yards around right end for a score.

A bad snap on a punt attempt by Williamsport put Boonsboro in prime position at the Wildcats 14, and the Warriors made it count when Poffenberger ran in from the 6 with 20 seconds remaining for a 31-7 halftime lead.

The third quarter was mostly Boonsboro’s, as the Warriors scored 28 points on a 5-yard run by Jardeleza, a 55-yard run by Ethan Foster, a 25-yard run by Poffenberger and a 59-yard punt return by Jardeleza.

Foster’s run was a gem, as he made three cuts heading downfield that left Williamsport defenders helpless.

“We controlled the line of scrimmage,” said Anders. “The backs did a good job of reading the blocks and making cuts.”

Jardeleza led the 363-yard rushing parade with 165 yards on 12 carries. Foster contributed 116 on nine carries.

“We just didn’t play like we could” said Williamsport coach Randy Longnecker. “We had plays to be made but we just didn’t execute and we didn’t complete a lot of pass plays.”

The Wildcats managed a score when Jack Kelly rambled in from 48 yards in the third quarter.

Boyer completed 12 of 25 passes for 135 yards, and Kelly had 69 yards rushing for Williamsport, which had 211 yards of offense.

Boonsboro 59, Williamsport 19
Wiliamsport    0    7    12    0    —    19
Boonsboro    17    14    28    0    —    59
First Quarter
B — Zach Poffenberger 34 pass from Chad Cowden (Calleb Yurish kick)
B — Nick Seabright 30 pass from Cowden (Yurish kick)
B — Yurish 27 FG
Second Quarter
W — B.J. Savage 6 pass from T.J. Boyer (kick good)
B — Justin Jardeleza 32 run (kick blocked)
B — Poffenberger 6 un (Jardeleza pass from Reiker Bowles)
Third Quarter
B — Jardeleza 5 run (Yurish kick)
W — Jack Kelly 48 run (conversion failed)
B — Ethan Foster 55 run (Yurish kick)
W — Kevin Zeger 51 pass from Boyer (run failed)
B — Poffenberger 25 run (Yurish kick)
B — Jardeleza 59 punt return (Yurish kick)

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