By TREY WILLIAMS
It’s safe to say that Daniel Boone running back Brennan Blair wasn’t rusty after a three-week layoff.
Blair carried 30 times for 216 yards and four touchdowns in the Trailblazers’ 35-13 home win against Morristown East on Friday. He also caught a 28-yard TD pass from Jackson Jenkins.
“I wondered when I was gonna be able to get back on the field with my brothers,” Blair said, “and to actually have someone come into the hole and be hit in some spots as well. I’m grateful most of all to have the coaches and hardworking teammates that push me to where we wanna be. It feels awesome to score that much, but how I think about it is those big boys up front that get some big blocks and we’ll go score and all celebrate together.”
Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said it was the best the Trailblazers (1-1, 2-3) have played on the line of scrimmage this season.
Jenkins anticipates a physical challenge when Boone visits Volunteer (1-2, 2-4) on Friday. The Falcons, much improved under first-year head coach Jesse McMillan, have a quality running back in Cameron Johnson.
“Volunteer jumps out that they play really hard and physical,” Jenkins said. “They have one of the best backs in our league with a defense that flies to the ball. And they’re athletic at skill positions.
“We will have to match physicality especially in the line of scrimmage.”
Blair, who has rushed for 686 yards and nine TDs after rushing for more than 1,200 last year, won’t overlook Volunteer.
“Some teams are physical but this Volunteer team is the most physical and full team I’ll probably play the four years I’ve been at Boone,” Blair said. “These boys will get down and get dirty with you.”
Quarterback Jackson Jenkins was 5-of-7 passing for 90 yards against Morristown East. He’s passed for 605 yards and seven TDs this season. Phillip Page leads the Trailblazers with 285 yards on 18 receptions.
Defensive end Will Hamlin has a team-high six tackles for loss, including four sacks. Hagan Edwards leads the team with 45 tackles. Ben Shrewsbury has made 13 of 14 PAT kicks.
David Crockett (2-0, 4-2) won’t play this week for the second straight Friday. The Pioneers were off last week and scheduled to play Cherokee on Friday, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns at Cherokee.
Crockett coach Hayden Chandley fruitlessly explored a number of options for a replacement game.
With critical Region 1-5A games looming against Tennessee High (Oct. 16) and Daniel Boone (Oct. 23), Chandley can only hope the Pioneers appear to have more rest than rust when they return to the field at the Stone Castle.