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Boone rolls toward playoffs with Musket Bowl blowout

November 2, 2010
Daniel Boone High School

By Brian Tester
Press Correspondent



Daniel Boone defeated David Crockett 48-12 Thursday night at the Musket Bowl in Jonesborough. 

The Trailblazers gained 288 rushing yards on 42 carries including 116 yards on 13 touches including a pair of touchdowns for game MVP Cliff Sanders to head into the playoffs with a full head of steam.

“Our kids’ effort was great,” said Boone head coach Jeremy Jenkins. “We played about as well as we can play offensively. “We’re playing our best ball going into playoffs right now.”

Early in the contest it was the Pioneers who looked to catch Boone off guard. After an odd-looking formation with only two offensive linemen in front of the quarterback and the rest out to the left, Crockett’s Anthony Campbell (3 carries, 66 yards) showed the Trailblazers what kind of speed he possessed.

Running quarterback from the shotgun, Campbell rolled out to the left and simply took off . The junior outran most of Boone’s defense before cutting back across the grain to reach pay dirt for the opening score.

Boone was quick to respond with a 6-play, 89-yard drive that was helped out by a busted coverage that allowed senior quarterback Austin Reppart (3-for-3, 81 yards) to find tight end Zach Johnson wide open 46 yards down the field.

Sanders got Boone on the board four plays later when he plowed the final 15 yards to give Boone a 7-6 edge.

The Trailblazers threatened on their next possession and appeared to score when Sanders covered 28 yards before being brought down at Crockett’s 1-yard line. But a holding call nullified the explosion and after Kevin Connell narrowly missed Austin Seal on a long bomb, Gray had to settle for punting Crockett deep.

After a three-and-out, Crockett had trouble giving the ball back. A low snap slid through the end zone to give the ’Blazers two free points and the ball back up 9-6.

After a fourth-and-one where Connell plunged behind a stacked line to grab the first, it was Reppart who found Travis Keever open on the post for a 30-yard touchdown strike to push the lead to 16-6 a minute into the second frame.

The Pioneers pulled out some trickery on their next possession when they ran the same unusual formation with split linemen. This time, quarterback Josh Richardson (6-for-11, 90 yards) threw out to Victor Shepherd and the senior back pulled up and tossed a strike to Issak McGee for a 35-yard completion.

But after getting a third-and-one at the Boone 30-yard line, the Pioneers had to punt after a false start to give Boone the ball back.

After stopping Boone with the help of a Zack Stockstill (5 TKL) sack, Crockett shot itself in the foot after a 20-yard punt return by Campbell. Two false starts within three plays forced the Pioneers’ punt, and Connell outdid Campbell with a 58-yard return all the way down to the Pioneers’ 21-yard line.

Boone’s running game gobbled that turf in three plays with Sanders capping it with a 3-yard plunge. A two-point fake kick conversion from Jacob Littleton to Reppart took the lead to 24-6 at the half.

Any question of a comeback was quickly doused after the break. Boone’s first three plays went 64 yards on the ground and was punctuated by a 39-yard opening run by Tyler Shepherd (8 carries, 86 yards) and finished off with a three-yard plunge by Connell.

Despite a 31-yard strike by Richardson to Campbell to convert a third-and-24, Crockett was forced to punt the ball back to Connell. The “BK Express” again flipped the field by following his blockers this time 51 yards to the Pioneer 23-yard line to set up a 36-yard field by Brandon Burkey.

Boone tacked another score on its next possession with an 8-play, 61-yard drive with Connell capping it off with his second score with a run from 14 yards from the shotgun snap to push the lead to 41-6.

The Trailblazers put their subs in on their next possession and the backups made the most of their time. Austin McLemore burst through the line on his seventh carry of the game and raced 35 yards for another Boone score.

Campbell put the Pioneers in good field position with a kick return to the Blazers’ 33 and was helped out by a horse collar to cut the field to 18. From there, Richardson found Seth Wright on a go route for a 14-yard passing score to cut the lead to 48-12.

Connell led and John Barker led Boone’s defense with 5 solo tackles a piece and Hayden Chandley (7 TKL) and Chuck Harris (6) contributed big as well. The Pioneers were led by linebacker Dylan Culbertson, who gathered 7 tackles before leaving late in the fourth with an injury, and Campbell made 7 stops also.

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