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The Cowboys were just too quick for the winless Boardman team.


Published: Sat, September 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


The Cowboys were just too quick for the winless Boardman team.
By JOHN KOVACH
VINDICATOR SPORTS STAFF
BOARDMAN -- The Chaney High football unleashed too many offensive and defensive weapons for Boardman to cope with Friday night, and the result was a 25-0 romp for the quick and talented Cowboys.
Senior quarterback Antwan Rice, senior back Robert McElroy, junior back Terrell Tomlin and junior kickoff return specialist Victor Toney all got into the scoring act for Chaney (1-1), which built a 19-0 halftime lead and managed to thwart the Boardman (0-3) defense at almost every turn.
McElroy scored two touchdowns, one of them on a 26-yard pass from Rice and the other on a 2-yard dash, while Tomlin tallied on a 42-yard scamper and Eric Sheffield kicked the placement to give the Cowboys their 19-0 halftime advantage.
Kickoff return seals fate
Then Toney took the second half kickoff and raced 85 yards to a touchdown to seal the verdict and complete the game's scoring.
"We came in knowing that we were going to spread the ball around," said Chaney coach Ron Berdis.
"We can't be one-dimensional. The more you spread around the offense, the harder it is to defend."
Multi-faceted offense
Rice accounted for 175 total yards, throwing for 102 yards on 7-for-10 and rushing for 73 yards on 11 carries. Tomlin contributed 77 yards on 10 carries and McElroy 52 yards on seven runs, while Kory Jackson caught three passes for 59 yards and McElroy had two catches for 30 yards.
"Our backs stepped up and ran the ball. Our offensive line did a good job of blocking," said Berdis, whose Cowboys rushed for 191 yards in 39 attempts while holding Boardman to 79 net yards in 33 attempts, including just 12 yards in 12 attempts in the first half.
"We couldn't stop their run," said Boardman coach D.J. Ogilvie. "They ran it well. They did whatever they wanted to on offense. Their skills make us look silly. We were arm tackling."
Ogilvie said Chaney was just as good on defense.
"We couldn't establish our running game. They were more physical," said Ogilvie, calling Chaney, "a good football team."
Rice has the skills
Berdis said Rice just keeps getting better. "He [Rice] really had a good game. We know he can throw the ball. He doesn't have great speed. But he's elusive and he makes good decisions," said Berdis, who unleashed a secret weapon in the swift-moving Toney.
"Victor was on the kickoff team and we took him off, but then some of the coaches said to stay with him," said Berdis.
Junior quarterback Joe Bako led Boardman with 86 yards passing on 8-for-17, but Boardman could do very little on the ground. Senior tailback Tyme Hammond managed 36 yards rushing in 10 carries, while senior halfback Armani Johnson added 28 yards in nine carries.
Chaney builds early lead
Chaney scored the first time it got the ball, driving 64 yards in four plays to Tomlin's 42-yard scoring dash.
The Cowboys scored again in the first quarter with just 29 seconds left when Rice hit McElroy on a 26-yard TD to cap a 63-yard, 11-play march.
Then the first time Chaney had the ball in the second quarter, the Cowboys drove 65 yards in 10 plays with McElroy scoring from the 2-yard line for a 19-0 lead.
Boardman's lone scoring threat came early in the final quarter when the Spartans finally got their ground attack going and pushed 67 yards to the Chaney 7.
But then Bako was injured and left the game temporarily, and Chaney then threw the Spartans' offense back for two straight losses to end the threat.
kovach@vindy.com


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