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Blazers triumph over Sullivan Central to keep playoff hopes alive

With the regular season of high school football winding down, the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone entered the Oct. 14 contest against Sullivan Central in a must win situation to keep any hope of a playoff berth alive.
Without their top option, Cliff Sanders, at running back, the Blazer offense was forced to rely on the duo of sophomore Josh Bacon and senior Austin McLemore in the backfield. The tandem answered the call for the Blazers with a combined effort of 230 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-14 shellacking of the Cougars in Blountville.
Scoring for the Blazers (3-5, 2-3) came early, easy and often against winless Central (0-8), with a powerful offensive attack accounting for all 49 points in the first half of play.
Bacon got the offense rolling on Boone’s opening possession, breaking away from Central defenders and rolling 46 yards for a touchdown.
Less than three minutes later it was McLemore’s turn to find the end zone, taking a handoff 34 yards to paydirt.
With the Blazer defense stopping everything the Cougars could throw at them, Boone built their first quarter lead to four scores as McLemore got in from two yards out giving Boone its third touchdown of the quarter.
With the first quarter winding down, embattled Blazer quarterback Jacob Littleton found senior receiver Austin Seal on a 33-yard touchdown pass to push the visitors’ lead to four scores.
The second quarter brought on more scoring for the red and white- clad Blazers, with Jacob Littleton scoring from seven yards out on a quarterback keeper for the first points of the stanza.
After a little over 17 minutes had ticked off the clock, Central finally found the end zone with Tyler Bunn on the receiving end of a 78-yard Charlton Buckner pass for the Cougars’ first touchdown. But the game belonged to the Blazers, as the relentless Boone offense scored three more times to put the game out of reach by intermission.
Just moments after Central’s first score, Boone’s electric sophomore broke out of the backfield from 50 yards out for another Blazer touchdown. The long run was Bacon’s second touchdown of the game. With just over five minutes remaining in the quarter, McLemore carried from two yards out for his third score of the game.
With less than 20 seconds to play in the half, Chris Dickerson booted a field goal from 25 yards out to send the Blazers into the locker-room with 49-7 lead. Boone called off the dogs in the second half, getting a lot of fresh faces into the game.
The only score in the last two quarters came on a Buckner carry for the Cougars. Boone held on for easily their most dominant performance of the season 49-14.
There wasn’t much for the Blazers to complain about on the offensive side of the ball, averaging almost 10 yards per carry, while amassing 320 yards on the ground.
Littleton completed two passes for 45 yards and the Blazer defense was relentless against the Cougars at every turn. Bacon was superb in filling in for Sanders, finishing with a game high 121 yards on the ground and two scores. McLemore wasn’t far behind rushing for 108 yards while completing the hat trick with three scores on the night.
The Blazers will travel to Sullivan South on Oct. 21, continuing with a must-win situation to keep playoff aspirations in question. This will be Boone’s last game before ending the regular season at home in the Musket Bowl against Crockett.