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Inspired Trailblazers spring upset of Pioneers

Johnny Wilson • Oct 26, 2019 at 12:12 AM

GRAY—Daniel Boone defensive back Daniel Lusk may have spoken for everyone Friday night at Nathan Hale Stadium, where the homestanding Trailblazers stunned the local football scene with a 28-20 upset of David Crockett in the 49th annual Musket Bowl.

"It's unbelievable," Lusk said. "It's crazy."

Lusk had everything to do with Boone pulling this shocker, knocking down two passes in the end zone in the game's final 19 seconds, then tackling Crockett quarterback Cade Larkins at the Trailblazer 4-yard line on the game's final play.

"It's nerve-racking for sure (dealing with twin 6-foot-3, 200-pound Crockett receivers Donta Hackler and Prince Kollie), but you've just got to stick your nose in there and be ready to cover it," the 5-foot-11, 160-pound Lusk said. "They are fast and physical, but tonight we were faster and more physical."

On a rainy night in which Boone (5-4, 4-1) overtook the second spot in Region 1-5A play and knocked the Pioneers (7-2, 3-2) back to the third position, Lusk had help, largely in the person of Brennan Blair.

Previously a wide receiver, Blair ran wild and was more than Crockett could handle, scoring all four Boone touchdowns and gaining 199 yards rushing.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound speedster often found gaping holes inside and scored on runs of 3, 32, 33 and 53 yards. He carried it just 17 times.

"All I can say is, those boys (his linemen) will go get you," said Blair, who replaced running back Charlie Cole after the standout senior broke his arm Aug. 30. "That's what they are — they're go-getters. They'll sweat and bleed for you.

"These guys all believed in No.1 (Blair) tonight. I represent this name across my jersey — Boone — and tonight I gave it everything I had for this win."

BOONE NEVER TRAILS

Boone jumped all over Crockett early, taking advantage of a mishandled punt and then a second Pioneer fumble to lead 14-0 with 1:40 left in the first quarter.

"The muffed punt and then the fumble, yes sir, that was big," Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. "The kids just played so hard."

The Pioneers, who got back to within 14-7 by intermission on a short Larkins keeper, finished with three first-half turnovers.

CROCKETT COMES BACK

Crockett came back from a 21-7 third-quarter deficit on a pair of touchdowns by sophomore running back Brenden Reid, who hauled in a 33-yard scoring toss from Larkins and then added a 4-yard run into the end zone.

However, with 28 seconds left in the third quarter, Boone was able to hold on to its 21-20 edge due to a subsequent missed PAT kick.

Blair's 53-yard touchdown scamper right up the gut provided Boone with its 28-20 advantage with 10:32 left in the game.

GAME'S FINAL PLAY

Crockett drove all the way to the Boone 7-yard line in the game's last four minutes, and on the game's last play reached into its bag of tricks.

With 1.4 seconds on the clock, the Pioneers ran a reverse pass from Hackler, who took a handoff from a teammate and then passed to Larkins, who had slipped out of the backfield and appeared headed for the end zone.

But Lusk was there to make the play from behind.

"I knew they were going to try something tricky, and when I saw that reverse jet sweep I could see it was coming back my way," Lusk said. "I saw the ball in the air and I just attacked him.

"No way I was going to let him in."

Larkins finished with 316 yards passing after completing 22 of 43 passes with two interceptions.

Hackler snared 13 passes for 167 yards while Kollie caught seven balls for 112.

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