The Trailblazers scored the game’s first 17 points and Blair was a workhorse throughout the night, finishing with 206 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. Playing only half the season at running back after starting as a wide receiver, Blair cleared the 1,000-yard milestone.
“It’s unbelievable. I love carrying the rock,” Blair said. “The coaches and these guys push me to work hard every day in practice. To come out here, win this and get a home playoff game, it’s great.”
Boone (6-4, 5-1) wrapped up the No. 2 seed in Region 1-5A. The Chiefs will be the No. 4 seed after finishing 6-4 overall and 3-3 in region. Quarterbacks Kaleb Worley and Jackson Jenkins combined for 6-of-10 passing for 66 yards, but it was effort up front that led to the victory.
“Overall, I thought our kids controlled the line of scrimmage and that’s what you have to do this time of year,” Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “We were good with both sides of the ball. We were good with the run game and getting positive yards. Our offensive line is getting better and better and we’re playing the best we have all year.”
BLAZING A WINNING PATH
Daniel Boone drove down the field on its opening possession and scored on a 38-yard field goal by Jacob Jenkins.
Cherokee fumbled a hand-off on its first offensive play and Boone freshman Hagan Edwards took advantage with an 18-yard return for a touchdown and a 10-0 Trailblazers lead.
Blair ran off the left side 21 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter and a 17-0 lead. The Chiefs responded on the next possession when Austin Hamblen caught a tipped pass from Collin Trent and raced 54 yards for a touchdown.
Boone’s power game was on display again the next drive with Devon White going in five yards for a touchdown and 24-7 halftime lead.
CHIEFS SCORE, BOONE ANSWERS
Cherokee went down the field on a 55-yard drive to open the second half. Trent capped off the drive, scoring from the 1 on a quarterback sneak.
Blair had 63 yards of Boone’s 73 yards on the next drive as the Trailblazers answered for a 31-14 lead. He finished off his big night with a 10-yard touchdown run on the next drive.
After an interception by Joe Jones gave Boone possession at the Cherokee 34, reserve back Nate Rader played heavily on a drive to the end zone, scoring on a 1-yard run for a 45-14 lead.
Trent finished off the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Micah Jones. Trent finished 16-of-26 passing for 252 yards. Jones had four catches for 86 yards and Hamblen made four grabs for 77. Jonas Leeper finished with three receptions for 43 yards.
“Early on, they had the scoop and score and we start from behind,” Cherokee coach Cody Baugh said. “Then, we had a tough time stopping their running game and they’re good at it. I’m proud of our guys, how they fought to the very end. We’ve got a playoff game when a lot of teams will be turning in their uniforms Monday.”