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Déjà vu for Boone in playoffs

Last year, the Daniel Boone Trailblazers took a senior-filled football team to Knoxville for a second round battle of the TSSAA state playoffs against West High School.
Despite turning the ball over six times, Boone was in the game until late before West finally pulled away for a 33-14 win.
It was a bad case of déjà vu in the Trailblazers’ playoff action Friday in the same stadium where their season ended a year ago.
This time around, Boone was victim of a sound West option attack that ended Blazers’ season with a 35-13 loss.
After a mediocre start in and around the conference, Boone found themselves behind the eight ball this season, basically needing to win out to have a shot at the playoffs. The Blazers answered the call by winning their final three games to gain admission to the postseason as a seventh seed.
Like last year, the Trailblazers (5-6) kept the contest close for much of the game with a strong passing attack and balanced defense.
The first half was highlighted by Boone’s Jacob Littleton, who led the Blazers down the field to knot the game up at 7 on a 15-yard touchdown pass to Landon Jenkins capping off an 80-yard drive.
West had scored the first quarter’s only touchdown to put West ahead.
Following Boone’s touchdown right before the half, West responded in the final minutes, putting together a successful offensive drive capped off with just a little over a minute remaining before intermission with a two-yard run by Robbie Flood. The game went to the break with the Blazers trailing 14-7.
The Rebels capitalized out of the gates in the second half, exploiting the Boone defense on the option. Quarterback Ryan Francis put West ahead by 14 on a 52-yard keeper that went for six.
But the Blazers refused to submit. On their first offensive play of the second half, receiver Austin Seal got behind the Rebel defenders and Littleton took advantage, hitting the wide out for an 80-yard touchdown pass to make the game 21-13 midway through the third quarter. The Rebels responded with a 40-yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead to 28-13.
Trying to get back in the game, Littleton was picked off, one of three interceptions for the West defense. Boseman scored the game’s final touchdown to put the game away.
The Boone rushing attack, which has been so successful this season, couldn’t take the pressure off Littleton, totaling less than 100 yards in the contest.
Cliff Sanders was the Blazers best runner, but finished with just 48 yards on 12 carries.
Despite the turnovers, Littleton was effective throwing the ball. He finished with 188 yards on 12 completions.
In the loss, the Blazers did reach a memorable milestone as the senior class walked off the field for the second time in two years as the most successful upperclassman in school history.