Wilde Lake's title run brought to abrupt halt by Boonsboro, 48-7 1A football

November 13, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

BOONSBORO -- Wilde Lake's run-and-shoot offense misfired under a heavy rush as three-time defending state champion Wildecats were stunned by Boonsboro, 48-7, in a Class 1A semifinal playoff game before 2,500 at Boonsboro last night.

Second-seeded Boonsboro (10-1) made its first state playoff appearance in 18 years memorable by recording 1A football

its first playoff victory in convincing fashion, scoring on five successive first-half drives.

"We're a run team. That's what we do best and we saw other teams doing that successfully against them," said Boonsboro coach Mark Anders.

Warriors senior running back Shawn Edelen rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns, including a 40-yard score in the fourth period. Boonsboro senior lineman Doug Bigelow led the Warriors defense with three sacks and two interceptions.

"We never played the way that we're capable of, and when you play like that against a good team, they are going to whip you," Wilde Lake coach Doug Duvall said. "We got kicked."

Wilde Lake (5-6), coming into the game with a 13-3 postseason record, finished two wins shy of becoming the first team to win four consecutive state titles.

"That was the toughest I've ever played. I've never been hit that much," said Wilde Lake senior quarterback Seth Willingham (15-for-36 for 146 yards), who was sacked six times for minus-40 yards.

Boonsboro will be home for next weekend's semifinal game against the winner of today's 1A quarterfinal between No. 6 seed Smithsburg and No. 3 seed Easton.

Wilde Lake's run defense, which had been tough during the regular season, could not stop Boonsboro's trio of running backs, who totaled 209 rushing totals and 384 total.

The Wildecats stopped Boonsboro on its opening drive. However, an unlucky bounce on Boonsboro punt hit a Wilde Lake player in the back of the leg and was recovered by Boonsboro at the Wilde Lake 28. Eight plays later, Edelen scored from 5 yards out for a 7-0 lead.

Edelen's 8-yard second-quarter touchdown run was followed by senior fullback Steve Paugh's 10-yard scoring and senior halfback Chris Lescallt's 48-yard scamper as the Warriors built a 28-0 first-quarter lead.

Wilde Lake's only score came in the third quarter when Willingham connected with junior Allan Anderson for a 26-yard touchdown pass play with 10:51 left in the third quarter. The touchdown was set up by Wildecats freshman defensive back Tony Jackson, who recovered a fumble at the Boonsboro 26.

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