Allegany Campers Football: Welcome
Great emphasis is placed every year on the championship. Whether it’s a city championship, a region or a state championship, there is only one champion or co-champion.
When you think of a champion, a champion is conditioned for the task supreme, confident in coaching, courageous when the going gets rough, champions never say enough, hard to meet the games bad breaks, have the edge to know just what it takes, hands that work through thick and thin, honest champions play to win.
Ambitious to develop now - Abilities that god endowed - Aiming high to meet the test - A champion wants to be the best. - Marked and watched where ever he goes - Model traits he has to show - The other men he must defeat - Modest in the victor’s seat. - Practice practice, ever on the move - Plugging daily to improve. - Perfection that he will never see - Perilous chance that will never be.
Sunday, November 15
HERE IN CUMBERLAND!
FOLKS....this will be short and sweet. We all been here before. We know what to expect, we know it will happen Friday night at 7 p.m. The only thing we don't know is who will win this one.
I am talking about what seems to be an annual meeting of the 1A west regions best two teams year after year. Allegany and Fort Hill...Fort Hill and Allegany. No matter how you type it...it comes out as two good football teams.
The bad thing about this meeting is that this will probably be for a state championship...because the two best teams in 1A are playing each other at Greenway...BAR NONE!
The rest of 1A just does not play football like we do here in Western Maryland. Just look at the state championships for the last 10 years. All of them championships have run through Cumberland and Western Maryland in one way, shape or form.
So come Friday night at around 9:30 p.m., Maryland will probably crown its 1A champions, be it Fort Hill or Allegany. Because simply put ladies and gentlemen...these two are the best there is...NUFF SAID.
It should be another great game barring injuries or one team decides to play out of their minds. But history has it...it will be a good entertaining game.
I hope to see you all there Friday night for the Championship Game of the Year !
CAMPERS WIN OT THRILLER!
“They were one play better than we were.”
It was simple and to the point, but it was about all Boonsboro coach Clayton Anders could — and needed — to say about Friday. It was one play. The last play in overtime that provided the difference as Allegany pulled out a 6-3 victory over Boonsboro in the Maryland Class 1A West semifinals.
After being bottled up for virtually the entire game, Allegany quarterback Carson Imes hit on a quick slant route for a 10-yard touchdown on a third down play to end a defensive struggle. And with the victory, third-seeded Allegany (9-2) will face top-seed Fort Hill next week in the West Region final. Boonsboro (10-1) heads home after a memorable season.
A game which featured teams that averaged a combined 69 points a game turned into a battle for any score as defenses set the tone. Each team had chances to score, but mistakes ended drives in what became a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation.
“The defenses carried the day on both sides,” Anders said. “We had the drive to start the game and would have liked to stick it in right there but couldn’t … but they also missed on a couple of chances.”
Boonsboro won the toss for overtime and took the ball first at the 10. Zach Grams ran for three yards and Chance Thomas was stopped for no gain. On third down, Devin Griffith was sacked for a 5-yard loss. Kicker Jarrett Rickerds came on and squeezed a 29-yard field goal over the crossbar to give the Warriors a 3-0 lead. Then it was up to Allegany.
The Campers tried two runs by Elisha Llewellyn, both stopped at the 10. Boonsboro called timeout to set the defense. On the ensuing play, Rhodes came off the left hashmarks and cut to the goalpost. Imes hit him at the 5, where Rhodes spun away from a tackle and moved into the end zone for the winning score as Allegany’s side erupted and Boonsboro’s sighed.
“I didn’t know what play they were going to come out with,” said Anders. “I know that if I’m in that situation, I’m playing for the win. I go for the win on that play and save the field goal to force a tie on the next.”
Boonsboro’s best chance to score in regulation came on the game’s opening drive. The Warriors had the ball for five minutes, running 14 plays for 50 yards, including a pair of fourth-down conversions. The drive ended when the Campers picked off a pass in the end zone.
Allegany mounted a similar drive to start the second quarter, using 18 plays to go from its 17 to the Boonsboro 18. Then, after driving for nine minutes, the Campers turned the ball over on downs when Imes was stuffed on a sneak.
The teams battled the entire first half with Boonsboro rolling up 77 yards all in the ground while Allegany managed 100 yards in the first half, all but 10 running the ball. The second half was as tightly played as each team had turnovers to end chances. Allegany fumbled twice, the second coming at the Boonsboro 6 with 13 seconds remaining.
Allegany finished with 219 yards of offense, led by Darian King with 68 yards rushing. Boonsboro managed 144 yards of offense, led by Owen Glass with 76 yards on the ground, including a late 21-yard run, which was Boonsboro’s longest gain of the game.
Strong winds and stronger defenses held the two teams to a combined 24 yards passing. It all ended a great run by the Warriors.
“It was a good season,” Anders said. “But I’d rather be 6-4 and win in the first round of the playoffs than going 10-0 and losing the first game.”
|WHAT TO EXPECT FOR 2015|
AN OUTLINE FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON!
This is a quick set of notes for the Camper football fans as to what the 2015 Camper football schedule is all about. A couple of new teams this year and some interesting history with some of our old foes.
Harford is from Bel Air, Maryland and are rated as a Maryland class 2A school with 782 students. The head coach is Dave Duetsch and their mascot is Cobras. Their colors are Black, gold and white.
This is a new team for the Campers as 2015 will be the first ever appearance for the Cobras to Cumberland and Greenway Avenue Stadium. Last year the Cobras were 3-7 and return 11 seniors for 2015 season.
From New Paris, Pennsylvania with the mascot the Lions. The Lions were 10-3 for 2014 with a first round playoff appearance. Head coach is Max Shoemaker with team colors of Blue and gold. The Lions have 11 returned seniors for 2015 and is rated at a class 1A school with 610 students.
From Frostburg, Maryland and a Maryland class 2A School. Their colors are Black, yellow, white and red. Their mascot is a Miner with a 2-8 record for 2014. The Miners will have 12 seniors returning however, had a whopping 23 graduate. The head coach for the Miners will again be Roy DeVore.
From Keyser, West Virginia and is considered a Maryland class 1A school. Mascot is the Golden Tornado as the team finished with a respectful 7-4 in 2014. Keyser have 11 seniors returning this season with 9 graduating. Head coach is Sean Biser. The Campers and Tornado have had quite the series lately as the Tornado have won 21-10 in 14, 13-12 in 13 and the Campers won in 2012…14-12.
SILVER OAK ACADEMY:
This is the third year in a row for the Campers to play this team with a 2-0 record. Head coach is Kevin McLeon and the team is from Keymar, Maryland. Silver Oak is considered a class 1A school. Silver Oak had a 6-6 season in 2014 as they played several unsanctioned games. Silver Oak lost 16 seniors from last year’s team with 6 returning players.
This is the first time since 1983 that the Campers have played the Cadets. The overall record has the Campers enjoying a 18-3-1 record against them. The Cadets were 2-8 in 2014. Their colors are Black and Gold. The Frederick Cadets are from Frederick, Maryland and are a class 3A school with 1074 students. The Cadets head coach is Don Duman and lost 22 seniors from the 2014 team.
CAPTITOL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY:
Another new team on the Camper schedule for 2015. Allegany has not played the Warriors ever. Colors for the Warriors are Royal Blue and white. Head coach is Chuck Thompson who are from Landover, Maryland. A class 1A school was 11-2 for the 2014 season. One of their losses was to Fort Hill 56-16 at Greenway in 2014. A good pick up for Allegany who have to travel to Capitol Christion in 2015.
Believe it or not, this will be the first regular season game that the Campers and Railroaders have ever played. The Railroaders have played the Campers in the 1A West championship game at Greenway in 2005, 35-6 and that is it. The Railroaders colors are Garnet and gold with the head coach being Patt Foster.
The Roaders were 4-6 in 2014 and lost 14 seniors to graduation with 7 returning and is considered a class 1A school with 542 students.
What can be said for the Sentinels? The two consecutive year, undefeated State Champions are again a big favorite to do it again. The Sentinels lost quite a few seniors, but as always, seem to replace those with bigger and better people year after year. One of the most successful football teams in the State of Maryland is once again geared for another good season.
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Friday, June 15
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