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Boone relies on ground and pound to grab 21-18 win

Washington County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton was an honorary captain for the Trailblazers contest against Cherokee on Friday night.
Washington County Director of Schools Kimber Halliburton, right, was an honorary captain for the Trailblazers contest against Cherokee on Friday night.

By COLLIN BROOKS

Staff Writer

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Daniel Boone went to the filing cabinet for an old school Trailblazers win, relying on the ground game for a 21-18 win over Cherokee on Friday night.

The Trailblazers also relied on a hard-nosed defense, who made a stop on a 4th and 1 just outside of their own 10-yard line to regain possession and run down the clock. That stop came just after a uncharacteristic Mason Mounger fumble.

However, Mounger proved his worth even with the miscue, finishing the night with 20 carries with 128 years on 20 carries. Noah Shelton accounted for all three touchdowns for the Trailblazers and rushed for 98 yards on 16 carries. His biggest coming on a 4th and three with under a minute left to allow the Blazers to keep the ball and run the clock down to 18 seconds before they gave it back to the Chiefs.

Cherokee was led by Jeremiah Bragg, who finished with 121 yards on 12 carries, while freshman quarterback Collin Trent ran for 129 yards and threw for 120 yards. The freshman also contributed on all three Cherokee touchdowns.

For more information, check the Herald & Tribune on Wednesday.