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High school football: Foster ignites Warriors in season-opening win

September 06, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO — Ethan Foster got the first call offensively from scrimmage for Boonsboro to begin the 2013 season.

He also scored the first touchdown in thrilling fashion.

Foster went up the middle for a 93-yard touchdown run and it helped push the Warriors to a 25-15 victory over Walkersville.

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Walkersville took the opening drive at its own 32 and reached the Boonsboro 7 before stalling on downs.

With the change of possession, it was Boonsboro’s turn and Foster got the call on what head coach Clayton Anders said afterward: “It’s our No. 1 nuts and bolts play.”

“That score was big momentum for us,” Anders said.

Boonsboro was never headed in a hard-hitting opener.

Early in the second quarter, a 31-yard pass from Jeff Bennett to Jared Derocher set up a 25-yard field goal by Calleb Yurish.

Walkersville came back with a 66-yard drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Musselman to Travis Rhodes, who caught nine passes in the game.

Several minutes later, Boonsboro took over and a halfback option pass from Trevor Walsh to Foster was good for 40 yards, and the Warriors stuck six more on the board when Bennett found Derocher from 11 yards out with 1:23 left in the half.

Walsh then intercepted a Musselman pass at midfield and retured it to the Walkersville 18, and one play was all Bennett needed, hooking up with a diving Derocher for the touchdown.

“That was a big score for us and then we were able to keep them off the board right before the half ended,” Anders said.

Walkersville drove to the Boonsboro 14 but could not score.

“The defense bent a little but didn’t break,” Anders said.

Yurish added a 20-yard gield goal in the third quarter and Walkersville scored on a 9-yard pass from Musselman to Rhodes in the fourth quarter.

Foster finished with 142 yards rushing on 10 carries and Walsh had 50 yards on the ground. The Boonsboro passing game produced another 160 yards, led by Bennett, who was 8 of 12 for 120 yards. Derocher hauled in four passes for 70 yards.

“We’ve got tough kids and we’re proud of them,” said Anders. “They executed and played every down hard.

“(Foster and Walsh) they have deceptive speed, Bennett has the tools to succeed and Derocher had a heck of a game.”

Trae Harris had 137 yards rushing on 26 carries for Walkersville.

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