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Boone blows past Seymour in season opener

From STAFF REPORTS
In their first game of the season, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers jumped out to an early lead against the visiting Seymour Eagles — and managed to hold onto that edge for a 26-14 victory, despite a fourth-quarter comeback attempt by Seymour.
Boone jumped out to an early lead of 17-0, after senior standout Kevin Connell forced a fumble and Cliff Sanders scored his first touchdown of the game with a 2-yard run. To add to the lead, Austin Reppart threw a 37-yard TD pass to Hayden Chandley.
‘Blazer Brandon Burkey scored his first field goal of the game just seconds before halftime.
However, in the beginning minutes of the fourth quarter, some sloppy play caused Boone to see their lead start to dissipate.
Two consecutive touchdowns from Seymour, one from a Boone fumble, brought the score to 17-14.
Boone had three turnovers and nine penalties on the night.
But Boone responded to the challenge, with a 50-yard dash from Austin McLemore, Boone’s junior running back.
Sanders scored his second TD of the night for Boone just two plays later, running it 17 yards into the end zone.
The Blazers cushioned their lead with just under three minutes left in the game, when Hunter Ford intercepted the ball and returned it for 23 yards.
Burkey scored a 29-yard field goal, his second for the night.
The Blazers had 260 offensive yards, with Cliff Sanders (13 carries, 72 yards) and McLemore (4 carries, 56 yards) leading the charge.
Chandley caught three balls for 53 yards.
In defensive play, senior Chuck Harris helped Boone’s defense keep Seymour to 136 yards on the night, with just 19 of those on the ground.
Christian Studer added an interception and Ryan Iezzi recovered a fumble.