The Francis Scott Key Eagles certainly had their opportunities in the first half of last night's football game against Boonsboro.
Their inability to capitalize was the difference, as the visiting Warriors shook off a turnover-filled first half to come away with a 14-0 win in Uniontown.
Although the Francis Scott Key defense and special teams played big throughout the game, the offense was unable to move the ball on a big Boonsboro defense that allowed just three Key first downs. The Eagles were held without a yard in the second half.
With Key trailing 7-0 with 9:24 left in the game, the Eagles' Jon Crooks downed Matt Haines' punt on the Boonsboro 2-yard line. But a tired Eagle defense finally succumbed as the Warriors used off 16 straight running plays, capped by a 52-yard touchdown run by Joe Mullinex, to ice the victory.
Boonsboro junior fullback John Walters did most of the damage running the ball up the middle, finishing with 193 yards. In the pivotal drive in the fourth quarter, he carried five straight times for 27 yards to give the Warriors breathing room while chewing up the clock.
"We got the ball down on their 1-yard line and knew this was our chance to pin them in," said Key coach Mike Coons. "That's where you have to give them credit -- they got down the field."
Boonsboro improved to 4-1 on the season. Francis Scott Key dropped to 1-4.
"I don't believe in moral victories -- a loss is a loss -- but if I did, this would be one of them," said Coons. "We found our football team tonight."
Boonsboro didn't look like a 3-1 team that was undefeated at 3-0 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League in the first half. The Eagles forced five fumbles -- two of which they recovered -- and picked off Boonsboro's quarterback Chris Fauble's lone pass of the half, but couldn't convert any points from the turnovers.
The only score of the half came with 9:01 left when Boonsboro Walters rambled up the middle for 63 yards for the score. The run came two plays after Key's lone miscue, a fumble by junior quarterback Robert Buntin.
"We struggled offensively and were living on our defense and special teams the whole night," said Coons. "The defense played out of this world."
Key junior running back Chris Richardson finished with 53 yards, but the offense was unable to sustain any long drives.