Pirates finish the game with 397 yards in total offense against the Eagles
The Boonville Pirates football team had two words to describe Friday night’s 49-14 win over the Holden Eagles in Week 2 at the BHS Sports Complex.
“Redemption and preparation,” said Boonville junior Avian Thomas. “We had a lot better preparation this week and we were all focused and everybody was on the same page. The offensive linemen also picked it up from last week and everybody was balling out tonight. It was all good.”
So too was Thomas and teammate Tramell Coleman, who combined for six touchdowns on the night. Thomas finished the game with three rushing touchdowns and 138 yards rushing on 13 carries before leaving the game in the second half with cramps.
As for Coleman, he had three touchdowns the hard way with two by air and one on an interception. Coleman finished the night with five receptions for 111 yards and two scores.
Coleman said coach (Hough) put in a great game plan and the players executed it. “The scoreboard showed that and we came out and played with heart,” Coleman said. “On the interception I am going to take a quote from Coach Stevens, he said ‘when you get a chance to make a play, you’ve got to make it’. I made the most out of the opportunity. On the touchdown reception, it was a good play and great blocking from my linemen. They came in and did what they had to do and we just made great plays.”
Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough said he can see this team growing as the season goes.
“I thought our kids came out and performed well,” Hough said. “We faced some adversity early on but we answered after they scored so that was real nice. It was almost like deja vu from the previous week. Empathy is one thing we talked about. I don’t care who does it, I don’t care who has the success, we want the Boonville Pirates to be successful.”
Of course the game wasn’t always a bed of roses for the Pirates, who trailed at one point 6-0 after a 1-yard run by junior running back Fred Frazier with 6:21 left in the opening quarter.
But unlike last week after failing to score against PHill, the Pirates found the end zone multiple times in the first half.
Make that five in all as Thomas scored the first two on runs of 33 and 41 yards to put the Pirates on top 14-6. Of course not to be outdone, Coleman answered Thomas’ two with two of his own on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Nick Ferrari with 7:32 left in the half to extend the lead to 21-6. Then, after exchanging punts, Coleman picked off a pass and ran it back 48 yards for the score to push the lead to 28-6.
Of course the Pirates weren’t done. After the ensuing kick off at the Holden 20, Boonville’s special teams got in the act with a punt block at the Eagles 18. Then, on the very next play, Thomas popped another one in for the score with 17 seconds left in the half to make it 35-6.
Hough said while the offensive line play was a lot better, he felt his team had a lot more talent at the skilled position.
“I just knew if we could get the ball out in space we could get running lanes to our backs,” Hough said, “and then if we got past the first level and got to the second level our kids could make plays. That’s kind of what happened there.”
Boonville finished the first half with five first downs and a total of 234 yards while Holden had five first downs and 156 yards.
Needless to say the scoreboard showed a 29 point difference, with Boonville scoring on five out of seven possessions. The Eagles, meanwhile, scored just once in the first half and finished with three punts, one interception and one possession going back to Boonville on downs.
The second half was a little closer, although Boonville again outscored Holden 14-8.
The Pirates also had a running clock in the third quarter after Ferrari and Coleman again hooked up on a 57-yard pass with 1:41 left to extend the lead to 42-6.
Then, after exchanging punts, Holden got a much needed break on a pass interference call to set up their second touchdown. With a first down at the Pirates 26, the Eagles wasted little time getting the ball in the end zone when Frazier scored his second touchdown from the 2 with 2:52 remaining in the game. Holden would also score on the two-point conversion on a pass from Jackson Tevis to Jayden Brown to cut the lead to 42-14.
However with the JV playing the rest of the way, Boonville sophomore Andrew Wiser found the end zone on a 45 yard scamper with 42 seconds left to push the lead to 49-14.
Boonville finished the game with seven first downs along with 239 yards rushing and 158 passing for a total of 397. As for Holden, they had nine first downs along with 190 yards rushing and another 46 passing for a total of 236.
Wiser finished second in rushing to Thomas with six carries for 81 yards and one touchdown while Coleman had six rushes for 26 yards.
Ferrari, meanwhile, completed 10 of 13 passes for 158 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Jamesian McKee completed his only pass for 5 yards.
For Holden, Frazier rushed 32 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns while Tevis completed 4 of 11 passes for 46 yards and one interception. Brown had two receptions for 42 yards.
On defense for the Pirates, Brandon Johnson had five solo stops and three assisted tackles for a total of eight. He also had three tackles for losses, one sack, one caused fumble and one recovered fumble.
Lane West finished the game with four solo stops, three assisted tackles, one tackle for a loss and one sack. Josh Polk had four solo stops, three assisted tackles and one tackle for a loss while Landon Weaver added four solo stops and three assisted tackles, Tramell Coleman two solo stops, three assisted tackles and one interception, Peyton Keeran five solo stops, Carson Campbell and Dalton Williams each with three solo stops, one assisted tackle and one tackle for a loss, Darieus Jones three solo stops and one assisted tackle, Alan McCarter one solo stop and three assisted tackles, Trae Williams and DeAndre Wesolak each with three solo stops, Harper Stock and Dylan Watson with one solo stop and two assisted tackles each, Greyson Mesik with two solo stops and one tackle for a loss and Andrew Wiser with one solo stop and one assisted tackle.