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Boone rebounds with win over Cherokee

After a tough season-opening loss to Elizabethton that showcased the Blazers youth and inexperience, Boone bounced back Friday night to win their first game of the season, 33-20 over Cherokee.
Needing a spark after last week, the Blazers found it in receiver Caleb Ratliff in the Aug. 29 game.
The senior scored three times out of the wildcat formation where he took direct snaps behind the center tallying 31 yards rushing and catching two passes for 66 yards.
After a scoreless first quarter, Boone was able to get on the board first at the eight-minute mark in the second quarter when quarterback Gabe Sanders found Jacob Arnold on a 17-yard touchdown strike.
Later in the quarter, Ratliff found the end zone for the first time, plunging in from a yard out for the score.
The Blazer defense was dominant through the first two quarters, holding Cherokee to just two first downs to take a 13-0 lead to the half.
After two quarters without a score, Cherokee finally put points on the board early in the second half after a Boone fumble gave the Chiefs the ball at the Blazer 20.
On their first offensive play of the second half, Teagan Trent rushed 20 yards for the touchdown to cut the Boone lead in half.
The Blazers would again put the pressure back on the Chiefs after Stephen Carr took the kickoff 99 yards for a Boone score.
The two possession lead wouldn’t stand for long as Cherokee added another touchdown on their next offensive possession to cut the Boone lead to 19-14.
But the Blazers again responded, this time with a long drive punctuated by Ratliff’s second touchdown of the contest, a three-yard score out of the wildcat formation.
A Jacob Noe interception at the Cherokee 16 late in the contest would help Boone secure the victory when just a few plays later Ratliff plunged into the end zone for his third score of the contest.
Noe’s interception would capitalize a turnover filled contest that saw Boone cough up the ball six times and lose it three times and Cherokee turn it over four times.
The Chiefs would add a late touchdown to pull the score to 33-20, but fell to 0-2 on the season with the loss.
The Blazers (1-1) will next travel to Sullivan Central on Friday, Sept. 5 where they will look for their second win of the season.