The Boonville Pirates football team had a season of firsts Friday night in a NCMC battle against the Marshall Owls at the BHS Sports Complex.


With a 41-0 shellacking of the Owls to improve to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, the Pirates also recorded their first shutout of the 2011 season. As for Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown, he also snapped a personal 0-3 skid against Marshall as the head coach at Mexico.


The Boonville Pirates football team had a season of firsts Friday night in a NCMC battle against the Marshall Owls at the BHS Sports Complex.

With a 41-0 shellacking of the Owls to improve to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, the Pirates also recorded their first shutout of the 2011 season. As for Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown, he also snapped a personal 0-3 skid against Marshall as the head coach at Mexico.

Brown said it’s great to be 2-1 and undefeated in the conference but his worry is their district record and what the team is doing at the end of the year when they are trying to make the playoffs.

“It’s nice to get the shutout in front of our home crowd, but I was looking at a clock to move so we can get our starters out so we don’t get injuries. That’s my big thing. We also had way too many penalties again tonight. We haven’t cleaned that up yet and when we start to get this stretch of good football games coming up, you do that and you are going to be hurting yourself so it’s something we have to get cleaned up. I don’t know if the officials being evaluated had anything to do with the number of penalties and flow of the game, but it was tough.”

Despite putting 41 points on the board, the Pirates once again drew the flag from the officials way too many times. With 10 penalties for 85 yards, Boonville now has 29 penalties for 212 yards on the season. Of course the Owls weren’t much better on Friday while drawing nine flags for 80 yards.

Brown said that’s almost two football fields of penalties. In all, Boonville and Marshall combined for 19 penalties for 186 yards.

Nonetheless, the Pirates had several outstanding performances in the game against Marshall. Senior quarterback Wes Davis led Boonville with 21 carries for 148 yards and four touchdowns while completing 3 of 5 passes for 33 yards. Meanwhile, on the defensive side of the ball, junior defensive end Jay Barnhart led all tacklers with five solo stops, four assisted tackles, five tackles for losses, three sacks, one forced fumble and one safety.

Barnhart said the Pirates came out aggressive and focused and were ready to play football. “Marshall had been talking some stuff on the radio but we showed them what’s up,”?Barnhart said. “Coach Brown talked to me and said if I didn’t play good this game that he wouldn’t start me on defense or offense, so I came out to prove to him that I was a varsity player and that I wanted to keep my varsity spot. It was great to get our first shutout, though, against Marshall on our home turf and now we just have to get ready for Kirksville this week.”

With three straight games of 300 yards or better in total offense, the Pirates left little doubt against the Owls while leading 16-0 at the end of the first quarter, which included a 1-yard run by Davis to cap off a seven-play, 29 yard drive with 4:00 left. Then, after pinning Marshall deep at its own 1-yard line on the ensuing kick off, the Pirates’ defense made a statement when Barnhart and teammate Jared Oser sacked the Owls quarterback in the back of the end zone for a safety to make it 9-0.

Of course the Pirates were far from being done for the evening. After forcing Marshall to kick the ball back after the safety, Boonville needed only six plays to go 39 yards when senior running back Dyllan Crowley took the plunge from the Owls 4 to put the Pirates on top 16-0.

While being outscored 74-14 in its two previous games, Marshall showed little if any signs of offense in the first quarter with 0 yards in total offense compared to 103 for Boonville.

It didn’t get much better in the second quarter as the Owls had minus 1 yard of total offense at the 8:21 mark. But then with 5:48 left in the half, Marshall caught its first break of the game by recovering a fumble at the Owls 42. Two plays later, Marshall crossed mid-field for the first time on a 19-yard run by junior Brandon Johnson to the Boonville 39.  However after moving the ball to the Pirates 15, the Owls seemed to self-destruct with a series of flags to move the ball back to the 22. Marshall later turned the ball back over to Boonville on downs to closeout the first half.

With little or no offense in the first half, the Owls managed only 15 yards rushing and 20 passing for a total of 35. Marshall also had only two first downs. As for Boonville, they had nine first downs, 122 yards rushing and 33 passing for a total of 155.

Of course the Pirates also struggled at times on offense while fumbling the ball three times, losing one, and finishing the first half with nine penalties for 75 yards.

Brown said the players heard from him a little bit at halftime. “I got after them a little bit and I think we came out with a little bit of fire and played well in the second half,”?Brown said.

When asked what Coach Brown said at halftime, Boonville senior Keith Poindexter said he got on to the team pretty good. “We knew we had to come out fired up ready to play and put some points on the board and keep that shutout because that’s what we wanted,”?Poindexter said. “I thought we came out rather well in the first half and then we kind of got a little sluggish with penalties, but I thought the referees were a little flag happy. I also thought the offensive line player better in the second half. There is always room for improvement, so we will work hard in practice and get ready for Kirksville.”

If the second half is any indication of what the Pirates have in-store for Kirksville on Friday, the Tigers could have their hands full stopping Boonville’s high-powered offense.

Of their five possessions in the second half, Boonville scored on its first-four drives on runs of 21, 4 and 13 yards by Davis to extend the lead to 35-0 with 11:55 left in the game. Then, after recovering their second fumble of the half at the Owls 39 with 8:57 left in the game, the Pirates hit paydirt for sixth time in the game on a 39-yard run up the middle by Oser to make it 41-0.

The mercy rule was Boonville’s best friend after that as Marshall ran just four plays during an eight-minute span, which included a three and out and a fumble in the final minute.

The Pirates also dominated in every facet of the game against Marshall with 13 first downs, 286 yards rushing and 33 passing for a total of 319. Marshall on the other hand had just three first downs, 37 yards passing and 35 passing for a total of 72.

On an individual note, senior running back Dyllan Crowley had 17 carries for 62 yards and one touchdown for Boonville while Barnhart finished the game with one catch for 12 yards, Aron Widel one for 11 yards and Holden Hinkle one for 10 yards.

Johnson, meanwhile, led the Owls in both rushing and receiving yards with five carries for 27 yards and two catches for 11 yards. Junior quarterback Alex Maupin also completed 6 of 12 passes for 35 yards.
As for the defense by Boonville, junior Jalen Poindexter finished the game with three solo stops, six assisted tackles and one fumble recovery while Wes Davis added six solos, three assisted, one tackle for a loss and one fumble recovery, Jared Oser with three solos, five assisted, two tackles for losses and one forced fumble, Aron Widel with six solos and two assisted, Dyllan Crowley with one solo, two assisted and one sack, Ty Green with three assisted, Gus Kemp, Josh Webb, Brett Kenney and Tanner Green each with one solo and one assisted, Keith Poindexter with two solos and two tackles for losses, Justin Swope also with two solos, Dakota Meyer with one solo and John Watson with one assisted.