Finishes the season at 5-2 overall
There was no shootout this time around between the Boonville Pirates JV football team and the Columbia Hickman Kewpies.
While putting up over 90 points a year ago in a shootout in Columbia, the Boonville Pirates JV football team made it less dramatic Monday night in the season finale at Gene Reagan field by beating the Kewpies 36-28.
The Pirates closed out the season at 5-2 overall.
“It all starts up front,” said Boonville JV coach Joe Henke. “I know I say that every game but they controlled the game and the running backs did a good job of finding the hole. I am proud of them 5-2 is a great season. They (Hickman) have great athletes but we tackled well tonight and we finished off drives. Nick Ferrari did another great job of running the offense, working the clock and finding open guys. Receivers also did awesome. Tramell Coleman had a big game, Peyton Keeran had another great game and finished the season strong. I thought it was a fun game for the players. You try to out-duel each other and had two great offenses on the field, and then when we needed the defense to step up they did. Of course I would have liked to score a couple more to make it less interesting.”
In a game which featured six lead changes, the Pirates also found themselves trailing early on after a 85-yard run and two-point conversion by Kayshawn Price to go up 8-0.
Of course the night was just getting started for Boonville. After taking over on the ensuing kick off at their own 43, the Pirates came back and drove the ball 57 yards on 11 plays for the score on a 7-yard run by sophomore Tramell Coleman to cut the lead to two at 8-6 with 8:10 left in the half.
Then, after holding Columbia Hickman on a nine-play drive at the Boonville 44, the Pirates hit paydirt again seven plays later on a 14-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Nick Ferrari to Coleman to make it 12-8. Ferrari also scored on a quarterback keeper to extend the lead to 14-8.
The second half was also back and forth, with Hickman retaking the lead with 5:19 left in the third quarter on a 9-yard run by quarterback Brandon Rother and two-point conversion to make it 16-14 Kewpies.
However, on Boonville’s next drive, freshman running back Lane West hit paydirt on a 14-yard run with 2:13 remaining to give the Pirates back the lead at 20-16.
Of course all you had to do was hang around for a few minutes for the score to change again. After taking over at the Boonville 43 with 2:03 left in the third, Hickman came back and scored on the very next play using only nine seconds to go up by two at 22-20.
As it turned out, the Kewpies never led again after that while giving up another touchdown at the 8:49 mark in the fourth quarter on a 52-yard run by Coleman to give Boonville the lead back at 26-22. Coleman also scored on the two-point conversion on a pass from Ferrari that was tipped to the sophomore standout in the end zone to extend the lead to 28-22.
Meanwhile, after forcing Hickman to punt the ball after only four plays, the Pirates hit paydirt again on a 3-yard run by Ferrari with 3:26 left to push the lead to 34-22. West also scored on the two-point conversion to make it 36-22.
The Kewpies didn’t go down without a fight, though. After a nice run on the kick off by Prince to take the ball all the way down to the Boonville 37, the Kewpies would hit paydirt two plays later on a 37-yard run with 1:51 left to cut the lead to eight at 36-28.
Columbia Hickman also had a chance after forcing Boonville to punt the ball with 1:48 left. With the ball at the Kewpies 43, Hickman attempted to beat the Pirates through the air but had a pass picked off by Andrew Wiser at the Boonville 37 to end the game.
Peyton Keeran finished the game as the leading rusher for Boonville with 17 carries for 89 yards. Tramell Coleman had four carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns while Lane West added seven carries for 64 yards and one touchdown, Nick Ferrari with four carries for 12 yards and one touchdown, Darius Jones with one carry for 11 yards and Spencer Steakley with three carries for 7 yards.
Ferrari also completed 5 of 7 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown. Keeran was 0 for 1.
As for receiving yards, Coleman had three catches for 45 yards and one touchdown while Andrew Pefferman added one catch for 16 yards and Steakley with one catch for 13 yards.
On defense, West led the Pirates with one solo stop and nine assisted tackles. Dalton Elder finished the game with four solo stops and five assisted tackles while Greyson Mesik added four assisted tackles, Andrew Wiser and Garrett Coffey each with three assisted tackles, Andrew Pefferman with one solo stop and two assisted tackles, Zane Mesik with two solo stops and one assisted tackle, Alan McCarter, Blake Paulson, Kaullin Kosnopfal, Harper Stock and Damerian Jones with two assisted tackles each, Nathan Platt with one solo stop and one assisted tackle, Darius Jones with two solo stops and Brady Stock, Gaige Offineer, Elijah Pinkett and Peyton Keeran with one assisted tackle apiece.
Wiser also had one interception in the game for the Pirates.
Note: The Boonville Pirates JV football team beat Marshall 53-20, Mexico 22-7, Kirksville 22-16, Fulton 51-28 and Hickman 36-28.
In their two losses, the Pirates fell to Moberly and Hannibal 26-7.