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Daniel Boone's challenge: Tackle a speedy beast

Douglas Fritz • Nov 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Elijah Young is a beast.

And he’s fast.

To get where Daniel Boone wants to be, the Trailblazers must tackle the beast. Time and time again.

“It’s not real complicated,” said Boone head football coach Jeremy Jenkins. “We have to do a really good job tackling, and he breaks a lot of tackles.”

Boone will travel to take on Region 2 champion South-Doyle in the second round of the TSSAA Class 5A playoffs Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 o’clock.

THE YOUNG DOCUMENT

In 10 games, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound University of Missouri commitment has rushed for 1,903 yards. He averages basically a first down every time he carries (9.8 yards).

Young has posted eight 100-yard games, six 200-yard games, and 324 yards in a 49-21 pounding of Knox Halls — the team Daniel Boone beat 32-3 last week to reach this round.

Young has scored 39 total touchdowns with multiple scores in every game except a 15-12 loss to undefeated Knox Powell in Week 11. He scored four touchdowns on four occasions, five three times, and six in a 62-17 win over Gibbs — which upset Tennessee High last week.

As a receiver, Young has 12 catches for 158 yards with two scores.

“He has a lot of speed,” said Jenkins. “He’s a legit 4.4-speed guy. He gets in the hole really good. They try different ways to get him the ball: wildcat, throw it out in the flat. And they have athletes on the outside to go to as well.”

Young was third in the state in the 100-meter dash last season.

Quarterback Nick Martin has thrown for 973 yards, but his touchdown-to-interception ratio is only eight to six.

DEFENSIVELY

Jenkins said the Cherokees attack hard and fast.

“They can really run,” he said. “They do a good job flying to the ball. That’s what they hang their hat on.”

Junior Noah Myers has 16.5 tackles for loss on the season. Sophomore Levi Herald has 12 tackles for loss and a team-high 5.5 sacks.

BOONE’S VIEW

The Trailblazers have been riding the hot streak of running back Brennan Blair, who has rushed for a staggering 1,056 yards in the last six games.

Blair has benefitted from impressive offensive line play.

“I think our offensive and defensive lines are playing as good as they’ve played all season,” said Jenkins.

Blair will get some help in the backfield with the return of Charlie Cole from injury. Cole is slowly being worked back into the offensive game plan, playing more on defense.

“Shape-wise he’s not where he needs to be,” said Jenkins.

Boone quarterbacks Kaleb Worley and Jackson Jenkins have combined to pass for over 1,000 yards on the season with 10 touchdown tosses.

THE HOPES

Jenkins said he believes in his team’s chances.

“We’re excited about going down there and playing,” said Jenkins. “We’ve had some success on the road. We feel like we’ve got a good chance of winning.”

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