The Boonville Pirates JV football team vowed to make a statement Monday night against the Mexico Bulldogs at Gene Reagan field.
After watching the varsity team knock off Mexico Friday night in Mexico 24-21, the JV team came back on Monday with the same determination and vigor by beating the Bulldogs 22-7 for the sweep.
While the JV team evened its season record to 2-2 overall, Coach Joe Henke said he thought the kids came out with a lot more effort and played really hard against Mexico.
“We got great effort from our offensive line,” Henke said. “They paved the way for our running backs, who had big nights. I think our defense also did awesome. They shut Mexico out and gave up only one kick off return. However, in the second half I thought we kind of let off a little bit and I think we could have finished a little better. I thought Andrew Pefferman did a good job catching the ball and Nick Ferrari had two touchdown passes so I thought all in all it was a great effort by the offense.”
While racking up close to 300 yards in total offense in the game, the Pirates left little doubt by scoring on their third possession of the game on a nine play, 72-yard drive, which was capped off on a 2-yard run by sophomore running back Peyton Keeran with 6:11 in the half.
Boonville also scored on the two-point conversion on a pass from Ferrari to Russell Potter to extend the lead to 8-0.
Meanwhile, after forcing a punt by the Bulldogs, Boonville went to the air again on its next possession. Starting from their own 45, the Pirates drove the ball 55 yards on six plays for the touchdown when Ferrari hit junior Andrew Pefferman in the back of the end zone on a 21-yard scoring strike with 2:31 remaining in the half to make it 14-0. Ferrari also heard his name called on the two-point conversion by hitting paydirt to push the lead to 16-0.
Of course the Bulldogs didn’t go down without a fight. On the ensuing kick off, freshman Tornez Burton scored on a 65-yard return for a touchdown with 2:18 left to cut the lead to nine at 16-7.
The Bulldogs never got any closer while Boonville answered on its next drive   by returning the kick off down to the Mexico 14. Three plays later from the nine, Ferrari hooked up with Pefferman again on a pass in the end zone with 33 seconds left in the half to make it 22-7.
Boonville and Mexico played to a defensive standstill in the second half.
Darius Jones led the rushing attack for Boonville with five carries for 87 yards. Peyton Keeran finished the game with 17 carries for 73 yards while Spencer Steakley had two carries for 7 yards and Harper Stock with one carry for 1 yard.
Sophomore quarterback Nick Ferrari, meanwhile, completed 8 of 11 passes in the game for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Elijah Pinkett led all receivers in the game for Boonville with two catches for 52 yards. Pefferman had two catches for 30 yards and two touchdowns while Keeran added one catch for 16 yards, Colton Scott and Harper Stock each with one catch for 10 yards and Steakley with one catch for 8 yards.
On defense, Jayson Bundy had one solo stop and five assisted tackles. Jones finished the game with four assisted tackles while Pefferman had three assisted tackles and one fumble recovery, Keeran one solo stop and two assisted tackles, Dalton Elder three assisted tackles, Brady Stock two assisted tackles, Alan McCarter and Greyson Mesik one solo stop and one assisted tackle each, Pinkett two assisted tackles, Andrew Wiser one solo stop,  and Bryant Davis, Russell Potter and Harper Stock each with one assisted tackle.