Pirates finish the season at 5-5
The Boonville Pirates football team learned that you can’t win by putting the ball on the ground.
In a No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup in the opening round of the Class 3 District 7 Playoffs Friday night at Pleasant Hill, the Pirates hurt themselves more than anything by putting the ball on the ground seven times, losing three, and throwing three interceptions in a 43-7 loss against the Roosters.
The Pirates closed out the season at 5-5 overall.
“We moved the ball well and were getting stops early, it’s just the turnovers were killing us,” Blank said. “We just fumbled the ball too much and that gave them the break they needed. “I thought our kids fought hard, they played hard, we just kind of unraveled in that second half, especially, but it wasn’t lack of effort. Pleasant Hill is a good football team. Everybody thinks because they have a bad record but record doesn’t indicate the type of team you are. But we are too and we wanted to have a better showing tonight. We showed improvement record-wise from the last few years but I think the reason it hurts so much is because our kids have high expectations.”
The Pirates were definitely in the game after one quarter while trailing Pleasant Hill 14-7. But after driving the ball to the Roosters 15 on their opening series, the turnover bug hit the Pirates. Luckily, Boonville forced the Roosters to punt the ball after only three plays. Then, after turning the ball back over to PHill on downs at the 30, the Roosters came back and hit paydirt two plays later on a 61 yard pass from junior quarterback Blake Atkins to junior Wyatt Bramwell to make it 7-0.
Another Boonville fumble resulted in a Pleasant Hill score as Atkins took it in on a 11 yard run with 47 seconds left in the first quarter to extend the lead to 14-0.
However, on the ensuing kick off, sophomore Tramell Coleman put the Pirates on the board for their only touchdown of the ballgame on a 95 run with 32 seconds remaining to make it 14-7.
Boonville never got any closer in the ballgame as Pleasant Hill came back with a punt block at the Pirates 17. Three plays later from the 6, Atkins hit senior Brayden Smith for a touchdown to push the lead to 20-7. Then, after a bad snap on Boonville’s next possession on fourth and 16, the Roosters added to their lead with a 30-yard field goal by freshman Jake Harlan to go up 23-7.
Pleasant Hill would add two more scores in the third quarter, the first coming on a 8-yard run by senior Cody Faust with 10:07 left. Then, after a nine play drive by the Pirates stalls on the Roosters 20, Pleasant Hill came back and hit paydirt again on a 1-yard run by Faust to extend the lead to 37-7.
The Roosters tacked on another touchdown early in the fourth quarter to force a running clock after a 13-yard run by junior Jaeden Grego to extend the lead to 43-7 with 9:55 left.
Boonville threw another pick in the end zone with 6:42 remaining to bring the ball back to the Pleasant Hill 20. The Roosters then ran out the rest of the time on the clock.
The Roosters finished the game with 12 first downs along with 316 yards rushing and another 182 passing for a total of 498. Boonville had 17 first downs in the ballgame along with 176 yards rushing and 105 passing for a total of 281.
Senior quarterback Kole Ficken led all rushers in the game for Boonville with 17 carries for 82 yards. Ben Eichelberger had seven carries for 52 yards while Malik Brazil added 14 for 41 and Landon Weaver two carries for 14 yards.
Ficken also completed 9 of 18 passes for 105 yards with three interceptions. Senior Adam Edler finished on the receiving end on three of those passes for 62 yards while Brazil and Weaver each had one catch for 3 yards.
On defense for the Pirates, Eichelberger finished the game with nine total tackles and one tackle for a loss.
Josh Polk had seven total tackles in the game and one tackle for a loss while Johnson added six total tackles and one tackle for a loss, Carson Campbell also with six total tackles, Weaver with five total tackles and one tackle for a loss, Ben Horst, Dalton Williams and Gabe Rumbaoa each with four tackles, Dylan Watson and Tramell Coleman with three tackles each, Peyton Keeran and Ficken each with two tackles and Edler, Jaylen Butner, Samuel Wiser and Christian Kosnopfal with one tackle apiece.
Edler also had one interception in the game for the Pirates.
For Pleasant Hill, Garrett Schick had 13 carries for 152 yards and one touchdown while Faust added 14 carries for 137 yards and two scores. Atkins, meanwhile, completed 8 of 14 passes for 170 yards and two scores. Wyatt Bramwell was the leading receiver with three catches for 100 yards and one touchdown.