Boonville wins fifth straight to improve to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the TCC
Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough referred junior receiver Tramell Coleman as a beast after Friday night’s game against Hallsville in Tri-County Conference action.
Coleman didn’t disappoint his first-year coach, or his teammates for that matter, by putting up arguably the best game of his career with 270 yards in total offense to lead the Pirates past Hallsville 31-12.
“Tramell is a freak in a good way,” Hough said. “He is a great playmaker and we have to get him the ball in different ways such as receiving or rushing. Tonight we did some stuff with him at quarterback. We’ve also done the same stuff with Avian Thomas because those two are such great playmakers. They have big play potential and we are just trying to be creative in different ways to get them the ball.”
With a gold chain around his neck for his one interception on defense, Coleman said it’s something you get for every interception or fumble recovery. “It’s a turnover chain,” Coleman said, smiling. It’s a big honor for us. Honestly, I just try to help the team out anyway I can. I knew Hallsville had nothing to lose and that it was going to be a dogfight from the beginning with the conditions and how cold it was and everything like that. That team was probably the most physical team we have played this year and it was a good game.”
So good that now the Pirates will go into the final game of the regular season against Southern Boone at 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the Tri-County Conference. With second place already secured for the Pirates and now having won five in a row and six games for the first time since 2012, Hough said every game is big from here out.
Of course Hough was probably singing a different tune when the Indians jumped out to a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter.
“I knew coming in and I told the kids on Saturday that I thought we could do things against them but I also knew it was going to be a very physical football game,” Hough said. “They were 2-5 coming in but that record is deceiving because if you look at their non-conference games, you have Ava and Father Tolton, who is a good Class 2 team but they are playing up in schedule so I think people think they are not very good.”
While a wet field may have had something to do with both teams punting the ball on their first-two possessions, Boonville finally got it right on their third drive of the game by moving the ball 47 yards on seven plays before settling for a 29 yard field goal by junior Will Rehagen to go up 3-0 with 34 seconds left.
But even that was short-lived as Hallsville answered the Pirates long drive with a six-play, 71-yard drive of their own for the score on a 13-yard run by junior running back Cooper Crane to put the Indians on top 6-3 with 9:13 left in the half.
That was the last time Boonville trailed as the Pirates came back and moved the ball down field for the score on a 4-yard run by junior running back Avian Thomas to go up 10-6 with 4:54 remaining in the half.
The 10-play, 70-yard drive also set the tone for the rest of the game as the Pirates came back and hit paydirt again on their next possession on a 65-yard pass from junior quarterback Nick Ferrari to Coleman to extend the lead to 17-6 with 3:32 left.
Hallsville never crossed mid-field again for the rest of the half while the Pirates drove the ball again down to the Indians 2-yard on their next possession. However with just one second left on the clock, Hough elected to go for the field goal instead of trying for a touchdown. As it turned out, the Indians caught a break when the kick sailed wide right to end the half.
Hough said he thought the offense did some good things to get a field goal attempt opportunity right before the half. “For the most part a sloppy game is going to have sloppy moments,” Hough said.
Boonville finished the first half with 10 touchdowns compared to just two for Hallsville. The Pirates also had 41 yards rushing and 206 passing for a total of 247. As for Hallsville, they had only 21 yards rushing and 64 passing for a total of 85.
As for Coleman, the junior receiver was having a big game in just one half with four carries for 32 yards and four receptions for 206 yards and one touchdown.
The second half would be Coleman’s breakout game for the Pirates. Although the defense also had two big stands inside the 10 yard line to thwart the Indians, it was Coleman’s 78 yard reception from Ferrari for a touchdown that kind of sealed the win to put Boonville on top 24-6 with 7:47 left in the fourth quarter.
Coleman said it was a very exciting play. “We drew that play up this week knowing it was going to be one on one coverage with me and just the corner so I knew when coach called the play that it was coming to me and when it happened, it happened,” Coleman said. “It was an exciting moment.”
Hough had a better choice of words for Coleman’s touchdown.
“That play that Tramell scored on, that’s the play of the year,” Hough said. “That is his first play on his highlight tape. That play will earn that man some money. He will get a college scholarship on that play right there.”
Thomas also scored his second touchdown of the game to match Colemans with a 3-yard run with 2:25 left in the game to extend the lead to 31-6.
But Hallsville wasn’t done, either. After missing on two opportunities to put the ball in the end zone earlier in the half, the Indians finally made good on a seven play, 68-yard drive for the score on a 1-yard run by junior running back Mason Huskey to make it 31-12 with 48 seconds remaining.
The loss dropped Hallsville to 2-6 on the season and 2-4 in the Tri-County Conference.
Hough said this was one of those games where there was momentum throughout the game.
“It was crazy kind of back and forth and we needed that,” Hough said. “I’ve said it before, we hadn’t had anything like this necessarily but it just gets back to that consistency. We have to be more consistent. Things are going to happen on a night like this that you just kind of have to live with. But here we are at 6-2 and nobody can take that away from us. Every week is big and that’s something that I have tried to preach to these kids.”
For the game, Boonville finished with 16 first downs along with 154 yards rushing and 290 passing for a total of 444. Hallsville, meanwhile, had 12 first downs along with 56 yards rushing and 201 passing for a total of 257.
Coleman led the Pirates in both rushing and receiving yards with eight carries for 86 yards and five receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Thomas had 17 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior quarterback Nick Ferrari, meanwhile, completed 15 of 26 passes for 290 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Malik Brazil had four receptions for 43 yards while Trae Williams had two receptions for 27 yards.
For Hallsville, Mason Huskey led all rushers with three carries for 35 yards and one touchdown while Crane had 18 carries for 32 yards and one score.
Senior quarterback Zane Parnell completed 10 of 30 passes for 201 yards. BJ Fisher was on the receiving in on five of those passes for 69 yards while Crane had two catches for 67 yards and Andrew Huddleston one catch for 54 yards.