Daniel Boone Trailblazers fall to Sullivan South Rebels, 42-14
By Christopher ShieldsThe move for Sullivan South High School’s out of the Big 8 Conference this season to the Three Rivers Conference thus far has paid huge dividends.
The 6-0 Rebels met up with former conference foe Daniel Boone High School on Sept. 27 in Gray, renewing an old rivalry and outpacing the Blazers in a 42-14 victory.
Unable to effectively run the football, the Blazer defense tired against the up-tempo Rebels as the game progressed.
And what was a close first half quickly turned into a South blowout in the second.
South’s Blake Christian scored his first of four touchdowns to put the Rebels on the board just three minutes into the first quarter.
But the Blazers would respond on the following drive, capping it off with a 15-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Gabe Sanders to senior Josh Bacon.
The Blazer defense remained formidable for much of the first half, but Christian broke the 7-7 tie midway through the second on a 3-yard touchdown run to cap off a 12-play, 61-yard Rebel drive.
Boone’s offense couldn’t find an answer, sending the teams to the half with the Blazers trailing 14-7.
The Blazers’ struggles on offense continued in the second half. Then Boone’s defense finally broke, all but giving the game to the Rebels.
South scored three times in the third quarter, the first on a 5-yard run and added a defensive touchdown less than a minute later on a 37-yard fumble recovery taken back for six.
Christian sank the Blazers on his third touchdown of the contest, scoring from 2 yards out to cap off another long South drive.
Boone cut the lead to 35-14 on Bacon’s second touchdown of the contest, finishing off a long drive that extended into the fourth quarter.
But South ended any attempts of a Boone comeback on Christian’s fourth score of the game, this time a 19-yard touchdown reception.
The Blazers finished with less than 200 yards of total offense in the contest, rarely finding room to a run against a staunch South defense.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Blazers were gashed on the ground for 258 yards and 150 through the air.
It won’t get any easier for the Blazers next week as Boone hosts Dobyns-Bennett High School in a contest between two teams still undefeated in conference play.
Boone now holds a record of 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the conference.