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Playoff hopes dwindle after homecoming loss

With the 2014 regular season winding to a close, Daniel Boone Trailblazers could not afford another loss after dropping their previous three contests entering Friday night’s game against Bristol’s Tennessee High (5-3, 2-2).
On Oct. 17, Homecoming night in Gray, the Blazers’ (3-5, 2-2) struggles continued as their losing streak was extended to four games after a 41-6 blowout loss.
During the skid, the Blazers have been outscored by a combined 183 to 26. And their most recent defeat likely dashes Boone’s playoff chances in 2014.
The contest opened in Boone’s favor when, on the Vikings’ opening possession of the game, a fumble would give the Blazers the ball inside the Tennessee High 30-yard line.
Moments later, the Blazers would find the end zone on a Caleb Ratliff touchdown run from 2 yards out.
The Vikings would block the PAT, but Boone would hold the contest’s first lead, 6-0.
It would be Boone’s only score of the contest, and their lead wouldn’t last long when on the ensuing kickoff, Tennessee High’s James Shuff returned the kick 85 yards for six points. The Vikings would convert the extra point to take a 7-6 lead.
The visitors would add another touchdown in the first quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run by Jacob Jasper to end the quarter ahead 14-6.
The momentum turned in the visitor’s favor for good when early in the second quarter, Viking linebacker Josh Pruner intercepted a Blazer pass and returned it 33 yards for another Tennessee High touchdown.
A missed extra point would keep the advantage at 20-6, but the Vikings added two more touchdowns before the half, the first coming on a 15-yard run by Kauhlil King.
Tennessee High’s final touchdown was the big one, scored on a 74-yard pass from Christian Gibson to Jasper with only seconds left in the quarter.
The Vikings would add another touchdown early in the third quarter for their last score of the game with the continual clock active.
The Blazers’ offense couldn’t get going again following their first score as they totaled just over 100 yards of offense for the game.
Boone finished with 61 yards on the ground averaging less than 2 yards per carry and completed only four passes for 58 yards.
The Blazers now have just two contests remaining in what has been a brutally tough schedule this season.
They will host Science Hill on Friday, Oct. 24, before traveling across the county on Thursday, Oct. 30, to play rival David Crockett in the Musket Bowl.
Boone will have to win out to maintain any chance of making the playoffs.
During the Homecoming ceremony, Blazer kicker Taylor Robinson was crowned queen.