“That was our most complete game of the year,” said Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins. “Both sides of the ball and in our kicking game, that was the best game we’ve put together.”
The Falcons (2-5, 0-4 Region 1-5A) opened the contest with a successful onside kick. Six plays later, Volunteer quarterback Garrison Barrett connected with Hayden Powell for a 26-yard touchdown pass that put the Falcons up 7-0 just two minutes into the contest.
Then came the reversal of fortune.
With the Trailblazers’ offensive line opening holes that looked like Moses parting the seas, Boone set sail for the end zone and scored six TDs and a field goal before the Falcons again found paydirt.
“We executed that onside kick just as we’d planned”, said Volunteer coach Justin Pressley. “But after that, we kind of crumbled on offense and I put us in some bad situations.”
Added Pressley: “No excuses, we’ll own it. We didn’t play very well, it’s just that simple.”
Boone junior running back Brennan Blair was a one-man wrecking crew in the first half. Blair rushed for 124 yards, scored touchdowns on runs of 39 and 12 yards and had an interception on defense.
“The offensive line did great tonight,” said Blair, who finished the game with 140 yards rushing on 12 carries. “All of those guys up front, they’re go-getters. That’s what is making us better.”
Boone senior Joe Jones added 60 yards on five carries and scored on a 6-yard romp.
Jackson Jenkins tossed TD passes of 18 yards to Phillip Page and 16 yards to Daniel Matherly while Kaleb Worley had a 26-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Lusk for the Trailblazers. Jacob Jenkins kicked five extra points and had a 25-yard field goal.
Volunteer’s Barrett scored on a 2-yard run with 1:48 left in the contest. For the game, Barrett completed 14 of 26 passes for 186 yards, one TD and had two interceptions.
Boone finished with 420 yards of total offense while Volunteer had 196.
Daniel Boone travels to Cocke County next Friday while Volunteer hosts Morristown East.