Boone rolls over Central
By Christopher ShieldsAfter opening the season with a 35-0 loss to Elizabethton, the immediate thought about Daniel Boone High School football was that the Blazers were finally entering a rebuilding mode following years of success.
However, the Blazers followed the loss with a 22-21 win on Aug. 30 in Rogersville over Cherokee.
On Sept. 6, Boone pushed its opening week loss even further from memory with a 34-17 win over Sullivan Central in Gray.
The contest was Boone’s conference opener and pushed the Trailblazers’ record to 2-1 on the season with a 1-0 record in the Big 7 Conference.
Central struck first to open the game, kicking a 25-yard field goal in the first quarter.
The contest would remain a defensive struggle for the majority of the first half, but the Blazer offense got on the board in the second with a 31-yard Ryan Keever touchdown reception.
Leading 7-3 to open the third, Boone’s Dustin Chandler took over on offense, scoring twice in the quarter — the first on a 9-yard touchdown run and later on a 22-yard run.
With the Blazer defense playing their best game of the season, Boone took a 20-3 lead to the fourth quarter.
Josh Bacon plunged into the end zone from 2 yards out to extend the Blazer lead to 27-3.
The Central offense would rally in the final quarter with a touchdown and conversion to cut the lead to 27-11.
Colby Ragsdale’s 18-yard touchdown run secured the contest for the Blazers despite Central adding a late score for the 34-17 final.
The Blazers finished with 339 yards of total offense, doing most of their damage on the ground with 262 yards rushing.
The Blazer defense was excellent, allowing just under 250 yards of offense for the Cougars.
Chandler led the Blazer ground attack with 109 yards rushing.
The Blazers have an open date this week before returning to the field on Friday, Sept. 20, at home against Volunteer.