The Boonville Pirates football team may not have come up big during the postseason after losing to Centralia 20-17 in the semifinal round of the district tournament.
But after closing out the 2012 season at 6-5 overall and 4-2 in the NCMC, the Pirates discovered that not only did they reap the rewards for a winning season in the conference with eight players selected in nine position, they also had the same amount of players selected to the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters All-District football team in Class 3.
Six of those positions, however, were first team selections with three on offense and three on defense. Senior Damario Walker was the only two-way player for the Pirates while heading first-team honors at both wide receiver and defensive back.
Senior running back Kelsey Callaway was also named to the first team as a running back, as was senior Tanner Green on the offensive line.
Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, senior Jalen Poindexter was named to the first team at linebacker along with senior Jared Oser, who was selected as a down lineman.
Second team selections for the Pirates were senior Kyle Cook on the offensive line, senior Jay Barnhart at defensive line and junior Tyler Peterson at linebacker.
Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown said for them to make it and not play any of those teams or be around them is a good deal.
“Obviously Jalen and Damario their play speaks for itself but somebody like Tanner and Kyle, the offensive line guys, don’t get many stats at all and for them to make it what it does it turns around and looks at what we have done as a team and how many yards we had,” Brown said. “Rushing for over 2,500 yards helps that we did that and then you had a running back like Kelsey with that many touchdowns and yards, so to get those guys on there is good. Obviously Kelsey speaks for himself with the yards that he had so it’s just good that they were able to do it and how much work they put into it to get recognized at the end of the year because all-district with that many teams in it its hard to make.”
As for teams in the North Central Missouri Region in Class 3, the California Pintos just recently closed out their season over the weekend with a 42-7 loss against the Maryville Spoofhounds in the semifinal round of the state playoffs.
The Pintos closed out the season at 13-1. Centralia had the next best record at 10-2, followed by Eldon at 8-5, Osage at 7-5, Salem at 6-4, Boonville at 6-5, St. James at 3-7, Versailles at 2-8, Fulton at 2-9 and Southern Boone at 1-9.
The Pirates also had several individual highlights this season, with Callaway rushing for 1,228 yards and 18 touchdowns for an average of 6.79 yards per carry and 122.8 yards per game. Walker, meanwhile, played both wide receiver and the featured back in the Wildcat formation for the Pirates and finished the season with 34 carries for 271 yards rushing and two touchdowns and 34 catches for 515 yards and three scores.
As for the defensive side of the ball, Boonville was just as opportunistic while closing out the season giving up only 19.72 points per game.
The Pirates also had just one game where they gave up more than 28 points, losing to Hannibal 41-12.
Of course nobody was better on the defensive side of the ball than Poindexter, who led the Pirates with a total of 150 tackles with 97 solo stops and 53 assisted tackles. He also had a team-leading three forced fumbles.
Oser, meanwhile, finished second on the team in tackles with 56 solo stops and 38 assisted tackles for a total of 94. Oser also led the team with six sacks on the season.
As for Walker, the senior standout tied teammate Gus Kemp for the team-high in interceptions with four while finishing with a total of 49 tackles with 29 solo stops and 20 assisted tackles.
Barnhart also picked up where he left off last year at the defensive end position while finishing with a total of 70 tackles with 37 solo stops and 33 assisted tackles. Barnhart also led the team with five fumble recoveries.
The future also looks bright for Peterson, who finished the season as the third leading tackler despite missing one game with a concussion. In 10 games, Peterson had a total of 83 total tackles with 46 solo stops and 37 assisted tackles.