Skip to content Skip to left sidebar Skip to right sidebar Skip to footer

Boone football blazes by the Chiefs

The Daniel Boone Trailblazers took to the gridiron Friday night at home against division foe Cherokee.
In a game well played by the Blazers, a second half injury diminished the formidable victory for one team and sucked the heart right out of the other.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Cherokee senior Travis Dewitt went down after impact and lay motionless on the turf of Nathan Hale Stadium. Silence engulfed the stands and the sidelines as both teams huddled in prayer as the fallen competitor was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
Dewitt, initially knocked out, regained consciousness and was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for further tests.
Preceding the injury, Boone’s dynamic duo of Kevin Connell and Austin Reppart at quarterback helped the team to a 17-7 first half lead.
The game’s first touchdown was scored on the opening possession for the Blazers after a 70-yard drive was capped off with a Kevin Connell touchdown pass to Zach Johnson. Boone was able to add to their first quarter lead on the foot of kicker Brandon Burkey’s 37-yard field goal.
The Chiefs responded early on in the second quarter with a 70-yard drive getting inside the 5-yardline with several long passes from quarterback Ty Ryans. The Boone defense responded with three straight stops, but on fourth down at the one, Cherokee running back Zakk Parker broke through the line to cut the deficit to three points.
Connell and the Blazers responded. After another long completion brought Boone inside the five, Connell scored on a keeper up the middle taking the lead 17-7 at the half.
The next play following the Dewitt injury, Reppart hit Travis Keever for a 67-yard strike giving the Blazers a 23-7 lead.
On the following possession, a Boone interception spelled the end for Cherokee. The Chiefs were never able to recover after the emotional injury of senior DeWitt, as the Blazers went on to win with a final score of 23-7.
Boone’s runners crushed the Chiefs, going for 202 yards to Cherokee’s 36.
Cliff Sanders had 13 carries, and Tyler Shepherd had six. Reppart led in passing, completing 4 of 11 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
The Blazers move to 2-0 on the season with a tough game next Friday at Sullivan-South.