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Ratliff does it again as Boone team rolls to first conference win

Two weeks ago, Caleb Ratliff supplied the Blazers with a much needed spark, scoring three touchdowns en route to a 33-20 Boone win, their first of the season.
On Friday night in their conference opener against Sullivan Central in Blountville, Ratliff once again guided the Blazers to another win.
This time he scored twice and added an interception that set up another Boone touchdown on route to a 38-7 win.
Ratliff had a hand in three of Boone’s first-half scores, putting the Blazers on the board in the first quarter with a 28-yard touchdown run.
A few plays later and on defense, Ratliff picked off a Central pass, returning it to the Cougar 1-yard line to set up a short Justin Carter touchdown run.
Will McCart then pushed the Boone advantage to three touchdowns after taking a Gabe Sanders’ pass 18 yards to pay dirt.
Ratliff added his second touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a 31-yard run to extend the Blazer lead to 28-0 by halftime.
He finished the evening with 107 yards rushing on just seven carries, most of his touches came out of the wildcat formation.
In the third quarter, the Blazers picked up right where they left off before the half, opening the quarter with a field goal before picking off another Central pass on the ensuing possession.
The interception would set Boone up with excellent field position and Sanders would take advantage by finding Jason Hinkle in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown.
Sanders connected on 70 percent of his passes and threw for two scores in the contest, his best performance of the season after Boone split their first two games and struggled with turnovers in both.
This time, it was the Blazers forcing the turnovers, finishing the evening with six takeaways.
With less than three minutes remaining in the contest and against mainly reserve players, the Cougars were finally able to break the shutout after connecting on a touchdown pass just inside the Blazer 30.
Obviously, it would be too little too late for the home team as they fell to 1-1 on the season after the 38-7 loss.
Boone improved their record to 2-1 on the season and more importantly notched their first conference win in as many attempts.
They will have an open schedule next week before returning to action on Sept. 19 on the road against another conference opponent, Volunteer.