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Story published: 10-22-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Boone falls to Volunteer in football action

By Chris Shields
Sports Writer

Daniel Boone High School (3-5, 2-2) and Tennessee High School (4-4, 2-2) entered their Oct. 18 match-up with identical records and major playoff ramifications on the line.

With the Blazers traveling to Bristol amid a hostile crowd, Boone struggled through four quarters of their toughest loss of the season, falling 31-7 to the Vikings.

The Vikings received the contestís opening kick and quickly moved inside the Boone 5-yard-line.

Once inside the 5, the Blazer defense woke up, eventually sacking the Viking quarterback on third down and forcing a field goal attempt. The kick was good for the first points of the game.

Looking to respond, Boone picked up a quick first down, eventually moving to the 40.

On a third and long, the Blazers turned the ball over on an interception and the Tennessee High offense was back in business at the Viking 25 yard line.

Much like their first possession, the Vikings quickly moved down field. This time they cappped off the drive with a touchdown on a 38-yard strike to stretch their advantage to 10-0.

The Vikings added two more touchdowns before halftime, the first on a 51-yard pass and another on a touchdown run inside the five yard line.

The contest went to the half with Boone trailing 24-0.

Boone was able to slow the Tennessee High scoring in the third quarter, but could never get their offense going against the stingy Viking defense.

Tennessee High eventually broke the third quarter scoring drought late in the stanza with a screen pass that resulted in a 30-yard touchdown.

The Blazers would not be shut out, eventually scoring their only points of the game in the fourth quarter when Ryan Keever hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Gabe Sanders.

It was too little too, too late for Boone.

The Blazers struggled on both sides of the ball, finishing with just 33 yards rushing on 21 attempts and 141 yards passing for a total offense of 174 yards.

Tennessee High on the other hand, had little difficulty piling up yards against the Blazer defense.

The Vikings finished with 428 yards of total offense with 237 yards coming on the ground and another 191 yards passing.

The loss puts the Blazers behind the eight-ball for a playoff berth.

With two games remaining, the Trailblazers can still get in the postseason by winning them both.

But it will be a tall task for the Blazers as they will face the conferenceís top team Science Hill in Johnson City next week before finishing off the season at home in the Musket Bowl against an improved and hungry David Crockett High School on Nov. 1.