Boone manhandles Tennessee High in homecoming win
Boone’s Michael Osterman (12) carries the ball down field while fending off a Tennessee High defensive player with the help of teammate Hunter Ward (14).
By Christopher ShieldsAfter Friday night’s contests, the Big 8 Conference is beginning to take shape with the postseason chase in full swing as teams enter their final month of regular season action.
Sitting at the top of the conference are Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett, both teams are 6-0 overall with a 3-0 conference record.
Sitting in third is Daniel Boone High School at 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
At the bottom of the standings is David Crockett High School, along with Sullivan South and Sullivan Central.
All three teams still remain winless in the conference, with postseason hopes quickly fading.
Boone forces six turnovers in win
The Blazers hosted Tennessee High on Sept. 28, sitting a game behind the Vikings in the conference.
A 24-point second quarter all but gave the contest to Boone, which held on for a 37-7 final.
The home crowd wasn’t the only factor for the Blazers, as Tennessee High struggled to hold on to the ball amidst a lingering rain.
With playoff ramifications already factoring in, Boone came up big on both sides of the field, forcing six first-half Tennessee High turnovers, which helped add up to 30 Blazer points.
The turnover frenzy for the Vikings began early in the first quarter with a fumble that ended the team’s first drive into Boone territory.
After forcing a Blazer punt, the Vikings went to the air. Boone’s Michael Osterman answered by intercepting the Viking pass.
This time Boone made the turnover count, as senior signal caller Jacob Littleton exploded for the game’s first points, a 50-yard touchdown run.
After a blocked extra point, Boone maintained a 6-0 lead through the first quarter.
On the next Blazer possession, Littleton once again sparked the offense, finding Ryan Gaitor on a 24-yard touchdown pass to put the home team up 14-0 after the two point conversion.
Boone kicker Zack McCracken added the next points to the scoreboard on a 37-yard field goal to give Boone a 17-0 lead.
As the Viking turnovers continued adding up, Littleton made the visitors pay, finding the end zone once again on the ground, this time with 15-yard run to put the Blazers ahead 24-0.
Another Viking interception was converted for more Boone points on the next possession, with Osterman hauling in another Littleton touchdown pass, this one from 8 yards out.
The Blazers took the contest to the half, in front 30-0.
Both defenses locked down in the third, giving way to a scoreless quarter.
The offense returned in the fourth, with Grant Seeger scoring on a run from 8 yards out to deliver the final knockout blow.
Tennessee High eventually ended Boone’s shutout on a 35-yard touchdown pass, but there was little denying the superior team, as Boone captured the 37-7 victory.
The Blazers totaled 342 yards of offense behind Littleton’s strong performance.
The senior threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns behind 7-of-12 passing and led the team in rushing, totaling 97 yards.
Along with a second quarter interception, Cliff Sanders carried 16 times for 90 yards.
Boone returns to action on Oct. 5 at Science Hill, where the 5-1 Blazers will look to end Science Hill’s perfect 6-0 record.
After an emotional win last week on homecoming, the Pioneers never could get going on Friday and fell to conference foe Volunteer 33-8.
The loss dropped the Pioneers to 2-4 on the season and 0-3 in the conference.
The season won’t get any easier for Crockett with a road game on Oct. 5 against the conference’s best team, Dobyns-Bennett.