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Tough Blazers outpunched by Dobyns-Bennett Indians

The Blazers rolled with the punches Dobyns-Bennett threw Friday in Kingsport, but despite hanging around for three quarters, they couldn’t avoid the knockout, dropping the contest 44-13.
Playing against the conference’s top team, the Blazers found themselves on the ropes early after the Indians scored on the Oct. 3 game’s opening possession on a 21-yard touchdown run by Jacoby Thompson with just a minute and a half into the first quarter.
Boone was unable to match the DB score, and the Indians would add another touchdown on their next possession after manufacturing a 14-play, 70-yard drive for the score.
The opening quarter ended as it had begun, when a Blazer snap on what would have been a punt flew over the Boone punter’s head and into the end zone for a DB safety on the final play of the first.
The Indians would take advantage of the short field early in the second by adding another touchdown to put Boone behind 23-0.
Despite finding themselves on the wrong end of a three-possession contest, the Blazers would continue to fight, eventually scoring on a 4-yard Gabe Sanders pass to Parker Breuel with just seven seconds left before the half.
The score was set up by a Tristan McKnight interception that he returned inside the Indian 10.
Dobyns-Bennett would strike first in the second half on Thompson’s second touchdown run of the game to push their lead back to 23.
But Boone would again respond, this time with a long drive capped off by a Gabe Sanders touchdown run.
Boone couldn’t convert on the conversion attempt and went to the final quarter trailing 30-13.
The Blazer defense held up through the first half of the final quarter, but finally broke when Makale Foreman hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from Cole Maupin.
With just under seven minutes left in the contest, the long score effectively put the contest out of reach.
The Indians would add a final touchdown before the fourth quarter wound to a close.
The loss was Boone’s first defeat in the conference and dropped their overall record to 3-3 on the season.
The Blazers still hold onto the position of third in the Big 7.
The tough Blazers outpunched by Indians will face another tough task this week when they host Greeneville.