“We expected a shootout,” said Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders.
The Warriors (7-1, 3-1) dominated from the beginning of the MVAL Antietam contest when they took the opening kickoff and marched 50 yards to paydirt, with Justin Jardeleza scoring from the 4 with less than 3 minutes having elapsed.
The short field was made possible when Brunswick (4-4, 2-2) tried an unsuccessful onside kick to open the game, a move that was no surprise to the Boonsboro coaching staff — nor were other decisions made later by the Railroaders.
Twice in the first quarter, Brunswick coach Pat Foster elected to go for fourth-down plays, once needing 2 yards, the other 8, both in Railroaders territory. Boonsboro snuffed each effort out.
“By mathematics, some coaches embrace the conversion rate on fourth down,” said Anders. “I wouldn’t have the courage, but they take that approach.”
Boonsboro made the Railroaders pay for it.
A 28-yard drive ended with quarterback Chad Cowden scoring from the 1 for a 13-0 Warriors lead.
Trevor Walsh then pounced on a Brunswick fumble that led to a 46-yard drive and a score from the 1 by Jardeleza with 19 seconds left in the first quarter.
At the start of the second quarter, Brunswick was again stopped on fourth-and-3, and the Warriors started from their 43.
A 19-yard pass from Cowden to Jardeleza and an 11-yard run by Ethan Foster helped set up a 2-yard score by Jardeleza and a 27-0 lead with 5:14 to go in the half.
On Brunswick’s next play, Jardeleza stepped in front of a Collin Nusbaum pass for an interception, returning it 25 yards to the Railroaders 8, from where Foster immediately scored.
“We’ve worked hard,” said Jardeleza. We’ve worked on the no-huddle offense and we played a very good game.”
The Warriors, with a running clock in the second half, scored twice in the final quarter.
Cowden capped a 14-play, 70-yard drive on a bootleg from the 1, and the Warriors followed that up with Ryan Ruiz’s score from 34 yards.
Boonsboro picked up 275 yards on the ground, spread out amongst Zach Poffenberger (73), Foster (69) and Jardeleza (59). Ruiz added 67 yards with the late TD.
“We didn’t play well last week against Hedgesville, so we wanted to come out tonight and redeem ourselves,” said Anders. “Our backs picked up bunches of yards after contact.”
Nusbaum started the game with seven straight incomplete passes and managed to find state record-holder Blaine Price only three times for a mere 22 yards. Price now has 201 catches in his career.
All told, using two quarterbacks, Brunswick’s passing game completed only 8 of 23 for 50 yards, to go along with a paltry 62 yards rushing.
Boonsboro 47, Brunswick 0
Brunswick 0 0 0 0 — 0
Boonsboro 21 14 0 12 — 47
Bo—Justin Jardeleza 4 run (Calleb Yurish kick)
Bo—Chad Cowden 1 run (kick failed)
Bo—Jardeleza 1 run (Zach Poffenberger pass from Jardeleza)
Bo—Jardeleza 2 run (run failed)
Bo—Ethan Foster 8 run (Reiker Bowles pass from Poffenberger)
Bo—Cowden 2 run (kick failed)
Bo—Ryan Ruiz 34 run (kick failed)
First downs 6 16
Rushes-yards 17-62 49-275
Passing yards 50 38
Comp-Att-Int 8-23-2 4-10-0
Total Offense 40-112 59-313
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 3-2
Punts-Avg 1-27 2-24
Penalties-Yards 5-47 6-60