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Boone pushes past Happy Valley at homecoming

The annual homecoming game for the Blazers usually provides a break in the conference schedule with lesser opponent to beat up on. But as David Crockett found out, the homecoming game isn’t always an easy win.
While the Blazers were pushed early on in the Sept. 9 contest against Happy Valley, Boone eventually pulled away in the fourth quarter to win 29-0.
Boone opened the scoring in the first quarter on the shoulders of senior running back Cliff Sanders who put Boone on the board with a 1-yard touchdown run.
The Blazers used Sanders throughout the contest to pound the Happy Valley defense and control time of possession. He carried the ball 30 times for 210 yards.
Holding to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, junior quarterback Jacob Littleton who also plays defensive back for the Blazers, stepped in front of a Happy Valley pass and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. The conversion attempt failed and Boone led 12-0.
With the Boone offense unable to score in the second quarter, the defense stepped up again, holding the Happy Valley offense scoreless. In the game’s entirety, the Boone defense only allowed 112 total yards of offense while forcing three turnovers.
The Blazers put three more points on the board in the third quarter, with a 19-yard Zach McCracken field goal. The Boone kicking game was shaky in the contest, only converting one out of four attempts.
Once in the fourth quarter with a 15-0 lead, the Blazers continued to pound the ball with Sanders.
Boone’s second offensive touchdown of the game came on a 1-yard scamper from the senior running back after a 47-yard drive in which he carried every time.
The Blazers iced the game with just under four minutes left when junior defensive back Adam Edwards intercepted a Happy Valley pass at the Boone 40 taking the ball 60 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown.
The Blazers finished with 337 yards of offense, 260 of which came on the ground. While the offensive scoring for Boone was sparse, they moved the ball with relative ease before entering the red zone.
The Blazers will now enter a rigorous schedule after the 29-0 win, where five of their remaining six opponents will be teams within the Big 8.
Boone moved to 2-2 on the season and will play at home against conference powerhouse Dobyns-Bennett on Sept. 16.