Finish the season at 4-6 overall
The Boonville Pirates football team picked the wrong time to have possibly its worst game of the season last night in the opening round of the Class 3 District 6 playoffs in Macon.
While facing the No. 3 Macon Tigers, Boonville felt at best that it would be a competitive game based solely on its regular-season schedule, which consist of Class 3-4 schools versus Class 1-2 schools for Macon.
Unfortunately for the Pirates, they weren’t counting on four interceptions, one fumble and six illegal procedure calls while losing to the Tigers 35-6.
The Pirates closed out the season at 4-6 overall while Macon improved to 8-2. The Tigers will now move on to the semifinal round of the district tournament to face No. 2 Centralia on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Centralia starting at 7 p.m. The Panthers led Southern Boone 42-0 at the half last night in Centralia en route to a 49-16 victory.
In other games last night in the district, top-seeded California had its way against MMA for a 69-0 victory while Fulton went on the road to beat Chillicothe 34-30.
Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown said you can’t miss plays and his team did against Macon.
“Like I said, one week up and one week down and then one week up and one week down,” Brown said. “In these conditions we should have been on grass all week in this nasty stuff because they get spoiled with turf. They were able to throw it and we were worried about the ball and the mud and we just had too many mental mistakes and bad plays.”
As for the six illegal procedure calls, Brown said the Macon players were yelling shift and that’s illegal. “That’s a penalty and they didn’t call it,” stated Brown.
Of course it didn’t help that Boonville turned the ball over on its first-two possessions, the first coming on the opening kick-off at the Pirates 33-yard line. The second was a result of a interception at the Macon 49.
Boonville overcame the the second turnover. As for the first, the Tigers drove the ball 33 yards on six plays for the score after a 3-yard run by Chris Little to go up 6-0 with 8:54 left.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that Boonville came back and blocked the extra point attempt.
Needless to say the night didn’t get any better for Boonville with a punt on its third possession, another pick on the fourth, a punt on the fifth and a turnover on downs on the sixth possession of the first half.
As for Macon, they were a little better with two touchdowns, two punts, one turnover on downs and one possession to end the half. However, the fifth possession of the ballgame was quick and easy for the Tigers. After a Boonville punt to the Macon 49, the Tigers used only three plays to get the score on a 7-yard run by Joe Lewis to extend the lead to 12-0 with 1:18 left in the half.
But then to make matters worse, Macon came back and hit paydirt on the two-point conversion on a pass from senior quarterback Craig Smith to receiver Josh Turner to make it 14-0.
Of course if you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Pirates, the first possession of the second half proved otherwise as Macon hit paydirt for the third time in the ballgame on a 37-yard pass from Smith to junior Brendan Watts to go up 21-0 with 10:26 left in the third.
Both teams got sloppy after that while exchanging punts and turnovers.
Then, with 4:55 left in the third after senior Brett Kenney recovered a fumble at the Macon 30, the Pirates used a little pound and ground to score their only touchdown of the ballgame on a 3-yard run up the middle by senior Tyler Peterson with 42 seconds left to cut the lead to 21-6.
The Pirates never got any closer in the ballgame as Macon came back and scored on its next-two possessions, the first coming on a 65-yard run by Lewis with 30 seconds left in the third quarter to expand the lead to 28-6. Then, after picking off a Boonville pass at the Pirates 25, Macon hit paydirt on the very next play on a pass from Smith to Watts with 11:48 left in the game to make it 35-6.
Brown said Macon just rolled in the second half. “You can’t miss plays and we did,” Brown said. “I thought we were ok stopping the run. They had a couple of long runs, but other than that I thought we did pretty well. We just couldn’t stop them throwing the ball.”
In the second half alone, the Pirates had one touchdown, two interceptions, one punt and one turnover back to Macon on downs. As for the Tigers, they had three touchdowns, two punts, one fumble and one possession to end the game.
“I never expect us to go and play bad,” Brown said. “I thought it would be a seven-point ballgame but it wasn’t.”
For the game, the Tigers had 180 yards passing and another 165 rushing for a total of 345. As for Boonville, they had 120 yards rushing and another 90 passing for a total of 210.
The Pirates also had nine first downs in the ballgame compared to eight for Macon. However, Boonville, also had nine penalties for 50 yards compared to four for 30 yards for the Tigers.
Senior quarterback Jacob Francis and Jordan Weaver tied for the team-high in rushing yards for Boonville with 27 each. Francis also completed 12 of 24 passes for 120 yards with four interceptions.
Austin Hulbert was the leading receiver for the Pirates with seven catches for 85 yards while Tyler Peterson had five catches for 35 yards.
On the defensive side of the football for Boonville, Tyler Peterson had seven solo stops and two assisted tackles for a total of nine.
Grady Kay finished the game with six and two while Jordan Weaver had four and three, Dakota Meyer five and one, Austin Hulbert and Brett Kenney each with four and one, Andrew Broyhill and Tyler Polk with two and three each, Nolan Murray with two and two, Jacob Francis with two and one and Nick Zeitlow with one and one.
Weaver and Kenney also had one sack each. As for fumble recoveries, Kenney and Murray each had one.
As for Macon, Joe Lewis had a big night rushing the ball with seven carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns while Chris Little added 12 carries for 44 yards and one score.
Craig Smith also made the most of his opportunities throwing the ball while completing 8 of 11 passes for 180 yards with two touchdowns.
Brendan Watts was the leading receiver in the game with five catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, on defense, CJ Gast led the Tigers with four solo stops and six assisted tackles.