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Boone takes out Elizabethton in season opener

In 26 all-time gridiron meetings between Daniel Boone High School and Elizabethton High School, the Blazers have found themselves on the losing end 25 times.
The most recent loss came last season, a 31-3 beat down that began a downturn for Boone, eventually forcing the Blazers to win out to make the playoffs.
Fast forward to this year and the two came head to head once again, this time to kick off the regular season in a rare Saturday night meeting under the lights in Gray.
The Blazers turned the tide of the past, winning for just the second time in school history over Elizabethton, 14-7.
Boone used a strong defensive effort and solid offensive attack to thwart the Cyclones offense and control the time of possession.
Elizabethton took the opening kickoff and immediately began to march against the Blazer defense.
Forced to throw on third and long, Boone cornerback Adam Edwards stepped in front of a Cyclone pass, intercepting Elizabethton quarterback D.J. Arnett inside the Boone 10.
The ensuing Blazer drive took the contest out of the first quarter and into second, going 18 plays, eventually moving Boone inside the red zone.
On a short scamper by Boone running back Cliff Sanders that appeared to be heading for pay dirt, the senior fumbled the ball inside the 1 yard line, which the Cyclones recovered, ending the Blazer drive and giving Elizabethton possession of the ball with their backs to the goal line.
The Blazer defense once again answered the call, forcing Elizabethton to punt deep in their own territory.
Boone took over with excellent field position just outside of the Cyclone 20.
This time, the Blazers would take advantage with senior quarterback Jake Littleton finding open receiver Michael Osterman for a 10-yard touchdown pass midway through the second.
The extra point sailed wide right, but Boone was in possession of the game’s first lead, 6-0. The score would remain the same heading to halftime.
On Boone’s second possession of the third quarter, the Blazers went back to work, chewing up most of the third quarter and pushing the ball into Elizabethton territory before Sanders punctuated the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run.
The Blazers converted the extra point to push their lead to 14-0.
But the Cyclones refused to go away, after returning the ensuing kickoff deep into Boone territory, Elizabethton punched the ball in for their first score of the contest on a 28-yard touchdown run.
Following the extra point, Elizabethton trailed 14-7, with almost the entire fourth quarter still to play.
The Cyclones threatened once again late in the contest, moving into Boone territory, but the Blazer defense as it had all game once again refused to break, stopping Elizabethton on fourth down.
Boone then turned to their powerful running game to take the final minutes off the clock for the 14-7 victory.
Boone finished with 155 total yards on the ground, with Sanders leading all Boone rushers with 76 yards and a touchdown.
Littleton turned in a nice performance, passing for 68 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 42 yards. He also intercepted a pass playing cornerback on defense.
This week, Boone hosts another home game on Friday, Aug. 24, against Cherokee.