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Boone keeps playoff hopes alive with victory over Rebels

The Daniel Boone Trailblazers entered last Friday’s game at Sullivan South well aware of the ramifications at hand.
Boone (4-5, 3-3) answered the call against a solid Rebel team (5-4, 3-3), keeping playoff hopes intact with one of its strongest defensive outings of the year in a 15-10 struggle.
Without many big-play capabilities on offense and a marginal passing attack, Boone has been forced to grind out first downs against eight men in the box, relying on defense to shoulder the load and keep them in games.
With the first quarter locked in a scoreless stalemate, Boone kicker Chris Dickerson put the first points of the game on the board with a 42-yard field goal three minutes into the second quarter.
With the Blazer offense struggling to sustain drives, Boone quarterback Jacob Littleton helped boost the offense on the defensive side of the ball, intercepting a South pass to put the Blazers within striking distance. Senior running back Cliff Sanders took over from there, capping off the drive with the first touchdown of the night, a 16-yard run to give the Blazers a 9-0 advantage.
With the second quarter winding down, a Blazer turnover helped South get on the board.
The Rebels took over at the Boone 45, advancing into the red zone where the Boone defense held South to a field goal.
The Trailblazers led 9-3 at the half.
Boone relied heavily on their running attack following the break, using Sanders and Austin McLemore to lead the team down the field.
Sanders punctuated the drive, scoring from two yards out to give the Blazers a 15-3 advantage.
But South wouldn’t go away.
Rebel quarterback Charlie Moore put the game back to one possession hitting receiver A.J. Hutchins on 66-yard touchdown to send the teams to the final quarter with the game at 15-10.
Another Blazer drive advanced the ball into South territory, but the offense fizzled forcing a 43-yard field goal attempt.
The kick missed, giving the Rebels a chance to win the game on offense.
After advancing the ball inside the Boone 10, the game looked in doubt for the Blazers. With the season on the line, Boone ducked the knockout punch, stopping the Rebel drive cold and turning the ball over on downs.
The Blazers chewed up the remaining minutes on the clock, squeaking by in the 15-10 final.
The rushing attack for the Blazers once again got the job done on offense, finishing as a team with over 200 yards on the ground. Sanders led the way compiling 115 yards to go with his two touchdowns and McLemore added 90 yards to round out the night for the duo.
This week, Boone will host cross-county rival David Crockett in the annual Musket Bowl, which serves as the final game of the regular season for both teams.
The game is a must win for Boone to have a chance at the playoffs as well as the hosting Blazers senior night.
The game is set to kickoff at 7:30 on Friday, Oct. 28.