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Big second quarter thwarts upset-minded Blazers

Entering Friday night’s contest against the Big 7’s top team Science Hill (8-1, 5-0), the Blazers (3-6, 2-3) were well-aware of their postseason predicament, more than likely needing wins over their final two games to make the playoffs.
At home and in front of a mix between the Boone faithful and Science Hill fans traveling just a few minutes to Gray, for 12 minutes the Trailblazers looked to be a team set on pulling out the biggest upset of the Tennessee high school football season.
A Hilltopper fumble to open the first quarter put the Blazer offense on the field with nothing to lose and Boone responded.
The Blazers completed a flea-flicker on the opening drive and used over half of the first quarter clock to move down the field and take a surprising 7-0 lead on the Big 7’s top team after Colby Ragsdale found the end zone on a 6-yard run and last week’s homecoming queen Taylor Robinson converted the extra point.
Boone would keep the Hilltoppers off the board for the remainder of the quarter to become the first team in the Big 7 to hold Science Hill scoreless in a first quarter this season.
In the time it took Boone to build a 7-0 lead and perhaps convince some in attendance that the Blazers could do the unthinkable, the Hilltoppers just as quickly thwarted those ideas.
Science Hill scored eight seconds into the second quarter and added six total touchdowns in all over the 12-minute stanza to end any wishes of a Boone win.
After their first score, the Hilltoppers picked off a Boone pass and returned it 35 yards to take their first lead of the contest.
Another interception followed, and Science Hill pulled ahead 21-7 moments after on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Malik McGue.
At the five-minute mark of the second quarter, McGue would throw another touchdown pass, this time to Mikey White on a 60-yard score, and just like that Science Hill had leapt ahead 28-7.
In a last-ditch effort, the Blazers would complete a wide receiver screen pass down to the Science Hill one, but a shotgun snap went awry and Science Hill’s Brandon Westmoreland would return it 80 yards for six.
Elijah Mathes would cap off the second quarter scoring for the Hilltoppers on an 8-yard run to send the teams to the half with Science Hill controlling a 42-7 advantage.
The Hilltoppers would add touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters while holding the Trailblazers off the scoreboard in the second half to capture the contest 56-7.
Boone totaled just 187 yards in the contest and continued to turn the ball over, a problem the Trailblazers just haven’t been able to remedy all season.
In all, the Blazers threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles.
Science Hill put up 332 yards of total offense, rushing for 154 yards on 23 carries and completing eight passes for 178 yards.
The loss drops Boone to 3-6 (2-3) on the season with just one game left on their schedule, the Oct. 30 Musket Bowl against David Crockett in Jonesborough.