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Boone defense too much for Volunteer

Daniel Boone Blazers have quietly rebounded from an ugly season-opening loss to Elizabethton to string together three straight wins, their most recent on Friday night in Church Hill shutting out Volunteer, 21-0.
Guiding Boone to their third win of the season was the rapidly improving Blazers defense, which shutout the Volunteer Falcons (2-3, 0-2) in the game and held them to just 127 yards of total offense.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Boone offense was finally able to get going, in part due to costly Falcon turnovers.
The Blazers first touchdown of the contest was initiated after a Volunteer fumble recovery late in the first quarter.
Boone responded with a 13 play, 53-yard drive capped off by a Caleb Ratliff touchdown from 8 yards out.
Boone players added to their lead later in the quarter with another Ratliff touchdown, this time on a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Gabe Sanders.
The contest remained a two-possession game throughout the third quarter and into the fourth, but the stops kept coming for the Blazers as they continually held Volunteer off the scoreboard.
Boone would add their last score of the game in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard run from Justin Carter.
Taylor Robinson would convert her third extra point of the contest to give the Blazers the 21-0 win.
Although the Blazers completed just six passes for 83 yards, they piled up 175 on the ground on 46 carries.
Leading the way for the Blazers in the backfield was the duo of Ratliff and Zach White.
White led Boone with 71 yards on 11 carries and Ratliff finished just behind him with 69 yards rushing.
Boone returned to play on Friday after an open date last week.
The Blazers three straight wins move their season record to 3-1 overall and most importantly to 2-0 in the conference.
They remain at the top of the Big 7 alongside Dobyns-Bennett Tennessee High and Science Hill.
Boone now begins their toughest stretch of the season starting on the road with Sullivan South on Sept. 26 before playing Dobyns-Bennett, Greeneville, Tennessee High and Science Hill consecutively.