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First quarter proves too much for Blazers to overcome

A 21-point first quarter deficit proved to be too much for the Blazers to overcome in a 42-26 home loss against Science Hill on Friday night.
Daniel Boone (2-5) entered the contest in dire
need of a win for a chance to keep their post season hopes alive.
The Blazers struggled to find an answer defensively for Science Hill freshman receiver Malik McGue who helped keep the Hilltoppers perfect in the Big 8 on the year.
He finished with three touchdowns while tallying over 200 all-purpose yards. Science Hill’s big opening quarter got underway just over three minutes into the game when Will Adams scored on a 15-yard run for the game’s first touchdown.
The Hilltoppers were at it again two minutes later when quarterback Justin Snyder connected with Anthony Head from 20 yards out for another score.
McGue capped off the scoring festivities of the first stanza after a trick play on first down turned into a backbreaking 59-yard touchdown reception to catapult the Toppers ahead by three scores.
The Blazers would rally in the second quarter behind the efforts of running back tandem Cliff Sanders and Austin McLemore.
Sanders scored first to open the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown run to cap off an 80-yard drive.
But McGue took the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for six, pushing the deficit back to three scores. Boone responded on the next offensive possession with McLemore punching into the end zone from four yards out.
The Blazers were solid on offense in the game, using the running back duo to grind out chunks of yards. Sanders finished with a game high 163 yards on 28 carries and with McLemore complimenting him in the backfield to the tune of 92 yards on the ground.
With the second quarter winding down, McGue once again sucked the air out of the Blazer sails, this time on a 41-yard touchdown reception, which pushed the halftime lead back to three possessions.
The third quarter brought with it defensive adjustments by both teams. The first touchdown didn’t come until halfway through the quarter when Boone quarterback Jacob Littleton found Austin Seal from five yards out.
With the game still up in the air, Science Hill got on the board again with two minutes remaining in the quarter after Snyder threw his third touchdown of the game.
The only score of the fourth quarter came on a 4-yard run by Sanders with under a minute remaining in the game; the touchdown was his second of the contest.
Boone did have a chance in the fourth, turning the ball over on downs at the Science Hill 11 and missing a field goal after getting into the red zone earlier in the quarter.
The Blazers outgained the Toppers on offense 315 yards to 285 with 240 yards coming on the ground.
Boone also won the turnover battle, finishing with just one interception in the contest. Boone will look to regroup next week on the road against Central.