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Young Blazers fall 49-0 in opener

After a 49-0 blowout loss to Elizabethton High School in front of their home crowd at Nathan Hale Stadium in Gray on Aug. 22, Daniel Boone looked like a team that had lost 24 seniors from last season.
A lost fumble on the Blazers second offensive play of their first possession was an early omen of how the night would go as the Boone miscues piled up giving the Cyclones ample opportunity to stretch their lead.
Elizabethton would take advantage of Boone’s first turnover, scoring in five plays from the 25-yard line as quarterback Caleb Armstrong sprinted into the end zone to give the Cyclones their first points of the game.
The Cyclones would add to the lead on their next possession when Ethan Thomas took a handoff on third and long and went 31 yards for a touchdown.
Trailing 14-0, the Blazers again would hand Elizabethton another gift with their second turnover of the first half on another fumble.
This time, Elizabethton would take over at the Blazer 5-yard line. After a penalty pushed the Cyclones back 10 yards, Armstrong would add his second touchdown of the game to increase the Cyclone lead.
With the Blazers struggling to move the ball against a stout Elizabethton defense, the Cyclones would add three more touchdowns in the first half.
The first score of the second quarter came on a Caleb Jones run from 6 yards out to make the score 28-0 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the half.
The next Betsy score would come on Armstrong’s first passing touchdown of the game, a 12-yard strike hauled in by Markus Olds.
Elizabethton would cap off the first-half rout with another long Thomas touchdown, this one coming just inside the Boone 45 with the second quarter winding down.
The score would send the Blazers to the half with the game already out of hand, a 42-0 Cyclone advantage.
Boone only gained 42 offensive yards in the first half, a stark contrast to Elizabethton’s 252 yards.
The large Cyclone advantage put the mercy rule into effect in the second half and Elizabethton added another touchdown to push the score to 49-0.
The Blazers best offensive possession of the night would come late in the contest after a John Briggs run fell just short at the 5 yard line as time expired.
With the loss of so many key players from last season, many question marks remain unanswered as Boone moves forward.
Boone will have to shake off the loss quickly as they will return to action at home against Cherokee on Friday, Aug. 29.