Turnovers cost Boone, Pioneers routed
Boone’s Cliff Sanders avoids a tackle while moving the ball down field. For more photos from the game, visit the Photo Gallery at www.heraldandtribune.com.
By Christopher ShieldsThe Daniel Boone High School Trailblazers and the David Crockett High School Pioneers each hit the road on Oct. 5 to face the conference’s top two teams, Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett.
Since Science Hill and D-B have yet to play one another, each team carried an undefeated record into their contests against the Washington County schools.
Those records remained unscathed at the end of the Friday night bouts, as Science Hill came away with a 17-0 win over Boone and D-B faced little resistance against Crockett, in a 73-0 win.
Turnovers COST Boone
Every football team knows there is a formula for winning games. One of the key ingredients is protecting the ball.
Boone (5-2) playing on the road against undefeated Science Hill (7-0), put together a solid defensive effort, intercepting three passes and outgaining the Hilltoppers in total yards.
But the Blazers found themselves on the losing end of a 17-0 game as the Trailblazers continually killed drives with penalties and turnovers, three interceptions and two fumbles.
The contest’s first points came at the 5-minute mark of the first quarter, when Science Hill converted a fourth and goal just inside the 10-yard line on a Reed Hayes touchdown pass to Will Adams.
The Hilltoppers extended their lead to 10-0 later in the quarter with a 25-yard field goal. Another Hayes touchdown pass in the second quarter put Science Hill up 17-0, but the Blazer defense would lock down from there.
Boone had a chance for points at the end of the quarter, but after moving the ball inside the Science Hill 10, the Blazers were picked off.
The Boone defense rose up in the second half, bending at times but refusing to break. However, whenever the Blazer offense would start moving the ball, a turnover or penalty would derail the drive.
In all, both teams combined for 30 penalties and eight turnovers, making the contest the sloppiest either team has been a part of this season.
Despite blanking Science Hill in the second half, the Blazers failed to convert their own drives into points.
The Blazers outgained Science Hill in total yards 323 to 315, rushing for 197 and passing for 126. Cliff Sanders led the Blazer running attack with 91 yards and Jake Littleton combined for 167 yards through the air and on the ground.
Despite the loss, the Blazers still remain in good shape for the postseason. They look to get back on track at home on Friday, Oct. 12, against Sullivan Central.
Indians score 42 first quarter points
From the opening kickoff, there was little doubt as to which team would come out on top in Friday’s contest between David Crockett (2-5) and Dobyns-Bennett (7-0).
D-B’s Malik Foreman returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and all the Pioneers could do was ready themselves for the onslaught.
Following the kickoff return, D-B scored twice more on long first down runs. The Pioneers had little time to blink, finding themselves down 21-0 in the opening 4 minutes.
The Indians kept on the throttle, scoring three more first-quarter touchdowns. After the first 12 minutes, the contest was all but over, with D-B ahead 42-0.
The scoring frenzy continued into the second quarter, with D-B finding pay dirt two more times and knocking in a field goal to put the score at 59-0 at the halfway point.
With the Tribe’s reserves taking the field for the entire second half, the Pioneer defense was finally able to slow the high-powered offense, keeping D-B scoreless in the third. But the touchdown drought wouldn’t last as D-B crossed the goal line two more times in the final quarter for a 73-0 win.
While the Pioneers’ deficiencies on defense and special teams were evident, their offense was just as ineffective, finishing with just 70 yards and only four first downs. Crockett averaged less than 2 yards per carry and only completed two of 13 passes.
The Pioneers will try to quickly forget the debacle in Kingsport in preparation for a home contest against Sullivan South (3-4) on Friday, Oct. 12.