Scorpions run past Boonsboro into final

No. 15 Oakland Mills scores 48 unanswered points in 48-14 romp

Class 1A football

High Schools

November 24, 2001|By Mark Keller | Mark Keller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BOONSBORO - Oakland Mills head coach Ken Hovet said he thought his team would take control of its Class 1A state semifinal game against Washington County's Boonsboro last night.

But in his wildest dreams, he could never have imagined just how convincingly his team would do so.

After giving up two quick touchdowns in the first quarter, the Scorpions rattled off 48 straight points and rolled to a 48-14 win over the Warriors. With the victory, No. 15 Oakland Mills earned a berth in next weekend's Class 1A final at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium.

Justin Barnes ran for 113 yards and two touchdowns and returned an interception 50 yards for another score to lead the Scorpions (8-4).

"We knew we were going to have to weather an early storm playing on their home field," Hovet said. "I thought we would take control in the second half. The kids did a real nice job hanging in there."

The Scorpions did an admirable job of spreading the wealth offensively.

C.J. King rushed for 119 yards, Daryl Pastor added 81 yards and a touchdown and Maurice Shaw tacked on 61 yards on the ground.

Overall, Oakland Mills accumulated 445 total yards against a Boonsboro squad that battled injuries all week.

"I was surprised we took over like we did, because they're a good team and very well-coached," Hovet said. "But it was obvious they were a little banged up."

The Warriors (9-3) had the adrenaline flowing at the start and drove right down the field on the Scorpions for the first score of the game.

A nine-play, 74-yard drive, capped by a 1-yard plunge by Jon Reaux, gave Boonsboro a 6-0 lead.

After stopping Oakland Mills on three plays, the Warriors quickly added to their lead when quarterback Brett Morrell went around the left end untouched on a naked bootleg for a 57-yard score.

Morrell found Nathan Himes for the two-point conversion and Boonsboro led 14-0 just seven minutes into the game.

The Scorpions bounced back midway through the second quarter. A 49-yard run by King was the key play in a six-play scoring drive that culminated in a Greg Braukus 2-yard touchdown run.

Barnes made the first of his two interceptions, a one-handed grab that might have resulted in another touchdown had he not slipped after making the catch.

Braukus hit Corey Felder on a 25-yard swing pass, but the Scorpions missed the two-point try and trailed 14-13 at halftime.

"I thought it was going to be a dogfight," Barnes said. "I thought it was going to come right down to the end based on the first quarter."

However, the Scorpions poured it on in the second half, taking advantage of two Boonsboro fumbles and Barnes' second interception.

Oakland Mills 0 13 14 21 - 48

Boonsboro 14 0 0 0 - 14

B-Reaux 1 run (kick failed)

B-Morrell 57 run (Himes pass from Morrell)

OM-Braukus 2 run (Braukus kick)

OM-Felder 25 pass from Braukus (pass failed)

OM-Barnes 43 run (pass failed)

OM-Speake 5 pass from Braukus (Shaw run)

OM-Barnes 50 interception return (Braukus kick)

OM-Pastor 61 run (Braukus kick)

OM-Barnes 40 run (Braukus kick)

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