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Blazers shutout in loss to Science Hill

In more than half of their losses this season, the Blazers (0-5) have only been a play or two away from having a different outcome.
This would not be the case Friday night in Gray, with Science Hill grabbing momentum early and sprinting to the finish in a 35-0 win over the Blazers.
On the heels of a big loss to the perennial state champion Maryville Rebels the week before, Science Hill (4-1) refused to give the Blazers many opportunities throughout the contest.
The Hilltoppers got the scoring underway in the first quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run and converted extra point to take a 7-0 advantage.
The Blazers would respond moments later when quarterback Gabe Sanders found C.J. Carter on a perfect throw down the sidelines to give the Blazer offense a chance to even the score inside the Hilltopper 10-yard line.
Science Hill’s defense would answer the Blazer threat with a four down stop and turning point in the contest.
The Hilltopper offense would take quick advantage of the defensive stand with Elijah Mathes getting away from the Boone containment and going 86 yards for a touchdown.
From that point forward, Science Hill wouldn’t look back.
The Hilltoppers piled up 427 yards of total offense in the contest and would add three more touchdowns over the next three quarters.
Even more impressive for Science Hill was the play of their defense following the early threat from Boone.
The defensive unit held the Blazers to just 159 yards on offense in a completely dominant defensive performance.
The result would be a 35-0 Blazer loss, their fifth of the season in as many chances.
The search for their first win of the season will continue on Oct. 2 in a Mountain East conference game against Sevier County.