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Boone loss ends playoff hopes

Over the past several seasons, Daniel Boone High School has been a staple in the TSSAA football playoffs.
On Oct. 25 in Johnson City, the Blazers met Science Hill High School in a contest to stay alive in the playoff picture. However, after a 49-20 loss, the Blazers will be a noticeable absentee in the postseason.
Despite giving up more than 450 yards, the Blazers were able to keep the high powered Science Hill offense in check early.
The Hilltoppers managed just one score in the first quarter, punching in a four-yard run to take a 7-0 lead after an 11-play, 68-yard drive.
After the first 12 minutes, Science Hill took full control. The Hilltopper offense scored three times in the second to push the score to 28-0.
Boone responded with a 61-yard touchdown pass from Gabe Sanders to Ryan Keever, scoring with just 47 seconds remaining in the half.
But any momentum the Blazers built from the score was quickly extinguished as the Hilltoppers responded with another touchdown in the final seconds of the first half.
Science Hill added another score in the third to stretch the lead to 42-7 then opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown to make it 49-7.
Boone added two final scores in the fourth quarter with the first coming at the eight-minute mark when Sanders and Keever hooked up on another touchdown pass, this time from 35 yards out.
The Blazers added the last touchdown of the game with 22 seconds remaining on a 53-yard run from Tom Ketron.
The Blazers finished with 186 yards rushing and 128 yards passing, but only put together seven first downs in the contest.
The loss drops Boone to 3-6 on the season and effectively ends their pursuit for a playoff position.
The Blazers will host David Crockett High School in the Musket Bowl on Nov. 1. In their final game of the season, the Blazers would like nothing more than to once again hoist the musket.