“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 game with a successful onside kick. Six plays later, quarterback Garrison Barrett connected with Hayden Powell for a 26-yard touchdown pass that put Volunteer up 7-0 just two minutes into the contest.
Then came the reversal of fortune.
Behind an offensive line that was opening holes like Moses parted the Red Sea, the Trailblazers (3-4, 2-1) set sail and scored six touchdowns and a field goal before the Falcons could again find the end zone.
“We executed that onside kick just as we’d planned,” Volunteer coach Justin Pressley said. “But after that, we kind of crumbled on offense and I put us in some bad situations.
“No excuses, we’ll own it. We didn’t play very well. It’s just that simple.”
Junior running back Brennan Blair was a one-man wrecking crew for Boone in the first half. Blair rushed for 124 yards, scored on runs of 39 and 12 yards and made an interception on defense.
“The offensive line did great tonight,” said Blair, who finished 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.
The Trailblazers’ Jackson Jenkins tossed touchdown passes of 18 yards to Phillip Page and 16 yards to Daniel Matherly. Kaleb Worley also had a 26-yard scoring pass to Daniel Lusk, and Jacob Jenkins kicked five extra points and booted a 25-yard field goal for Boone.
Barrett scored on a 2-yard run with 1:48 remaining in the game. He completed 14 of 26 passes for 186 yards with the TD and two interceptions.
Boone finished with 420 yards of total offense to 196 for Volunteer.
Daniel Boone travels to Cocke County next Friday and Volunteer hosts Morristown East.