After beating the Eldon Mustangs 36-0 in the second round of the district playoffs Friday night in Eldon, Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown could finally breath a sigh relief knowing that his offense had finally put more than one touchdown on the board after putting up only seven points in consecutive weeks against Moberly and California.

After beating the Eldon Mustangs 36-0 in the second round of the district playoffs Friday night in Eldon, Boonville Pirates football coach Devin Brown could finally breath a sigh relief knowing that his offense had finally put more than one touchdown on the board after putting up only seven points in consecutive weeks against Moberly and California.

Nevertheless, the Pirates may have finally put it all together both offensively and defensively while racking up 400 yards in total offense while recording their third straight shutout and fourth of the season.

But better yet. The Pirates clinched their second straight district championship and improved to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the Class 3 District 8 playoffs. Winners of eight straight since the season-opening loss against the Pleasant Hill Roosters 27-16, Boonville also has a conference championship in 2011 while finishing undefeated in the NCMC at 6-0.

Although the Pirates still face a tough Versailles team Thursday night at the BHS Sports Complex starting at 7 p.m., they know no matter what happens they are the No. 1 seed going into the state playoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 2. And since Osage, 9-0, captured the title in District 7 with a 55-0 shellacking of Owensville on Friday, the second-place spot will come down to either Owensville or Salem.

It’s also a given that Boonville will host the first round of the state playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

As for the district standings after two games, Boonville is 2-0 at plus 20 while California is 1-1 at plus 1, Eldon 1-1 at minus 5 and Versailles at 0-2 at minus 16.

As for the game Friday night against Eldon, Brown said it was nice that the offense finally moved the ball a little bit.

“It was nice to be able to put it all together,”?Brown said. “We still had some penalties in the third quarter but it’s good to see the defense keep rolling and the offense finally do something. We talked about wanting to be 2-0 in the district at the beginning of the year, playing our best football by Week 8 and become district champs. But first thing is first. We have to beat Versailles and it seems like everytime Boonville and Versailles play it’s a six-point ballgame.”

Of course there was nothing close about Friday night’s game as the Pirates overcame a slow start after consecutive punts to reel off 28 unanswered points to lead at the half by a score of 28-0.  The Mustangs, meanwhile, couldn’t get anything going offensively while closing out the first half with four punts, one fumble and one interception.

Boonville also dominated in total yardage after one half with 256 yards rushing and another 41 passing for a total of 297. Eldon, meanwhile, managed only 65 yards rushing and 23 passing for a total of 88.

Boonville senior quarterback/running back Wes Davis also had a big first half for the Pirates. While mixing things up by putting junior Jared Oser under center and moving Davis back to tailback, the senior standout looked to be at home while rushing for 213 yards on 13 carries and three touchdowns while passing for another 41 yards on 2 of 5 attempts with one touchdown.

Of course Davis said it had more to do with  controlling the line of scrimmage and the receivers blocking well.

“The week before against California our offense really struggled and we’ve been struggling the last couple of weeks with it, but tonight our offensive line came out and really controlled the line of scrimmage and our wide receivers blocked extremely well downfield,” Davis said. “As far as the defense, we always going into the game thinking we are going to shut somebody out. That’s one reason our defense has been so solid this year is because we believe in ourselves and we believe that we can shut out anybody on any given night.”

Although Davis had three touchdowns in the first half, it was junior Kelsey Callaway who got things going for Boonville with a fumble recovery at the Pirates 22 with 3:55 left in the first quarter. Six plays later, Davis went out of his norm by hooking up with senior Holden Hinkle on a 23-yard scoring strike to make it 6-0 with 1:24 remaining. From that point you kind of knew it was going to be Boonville’s night after a bad snap on the extra point attempt turned into a 3-yard pass from Oser to junior Jalen Poindexter to extend the lead to 8-0.

The Pirates continued to score at will after that while forcing another three and out and then hitting paydirt again at the 10:26 mark on a 67-yard run by Davis to go up 15-0. Davis would add two more scores in the second quarter on runs of 13 and 51 yards to give Boonville a four-touchdown lead at the break.

Brown said the offense did some different things and added some different formations in the game. “I think the kids had some fun with it where they weren’t so tight,” Brown said. “We were also able to move the ball but that’s what we need to do to be successful.”

Of course with a 28 point lead at the half, the Pirates came out a little lackadasial in the second half with two straight punts along with two false starts and one holding call. However after forcing Eldon to punt the ball on its first possession and turn the ball over on downs on the second, the Pirates wasted little time putting the ball in the end zone when senior Josh Webb scored after only three plays from the Eldon 46 to extend the lead to 36-0 with 2:33 left in the third.

While picking up his second touchdown of the season, Webb said he just ran as hard as he could toward the end zone. “It felt pretty good,” Webb said. “I thought the offense as a whole came out a little more focused and wanted to score. Of course the defense did pretty good, too.”

With a running clock for the rest of the game, the Pirates dominated the rest of the game defensively while stopping Eldon after a 12-play drive at the Boonville 24 with 6:27 left in the game. Then, after the Pirates coughed up the ball on the very next play at their own 31, the defense came up big again when junior Gus Kemp picked off a pass in the end zone with 3:00 remaining.

Eldon never got the ball back after that as Boonville ran out the rest of the time on the clock for the victory.
Boonville junior linebacker Jared Oser, who finished with eight tackles on the night, said the key in the ballgame was stopping Eldon’s running game. “I thought our defense did really well,” Oser said. “We stopped their running backs, who were pretty good, and we stopped the passing game.”

Davis said the Pirates still have a lot to work on, though. “We slowed down in the second half a little bit on offense so we need to put together four good quarters of offense and just keep things going on defense,” Davis said. “But I won’t lie, it would be nice to go 3-0 in the district. That would be something pretty special for us to accomplish. Last year as juniors we won a district championship and it would be really cool to get two in a row.”

Brown also had something to say about the shutout. “Most teams aren’t shutting out teams three weeks in a row so we are kind of getting familiar with that and it needs to stay that way,”?Brown said.

For the game, the Pirates finished with 11 first downs along with 349 yards rushing and 51 passing for a total of 400. Eldon, meanwhile, had only 97 yards rushing and 63 passing for a total of 160.

Davis also closed out the game with 19 carries for 243 yards and three touchdowns while Webb had two carries for 50 yards and one score.

As far as passing yards, which were non-existent in the games the last-two weeks against California and Moberly, Davis completed 3 of 7 passes for 51 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Holden Hinkle was the leading receiver with one catch for 23 yards and one touchdown while Damario Walker had one for 18 and Jay Barnhart one for 10.

For Eldon, Brad Dinwiddie was held way below his average for the season with 20 carries for 75 yards. Senior quarterback Ryan Kliethermes, meanwhile, completed 4 of 17 passes for 63 yards with two interceptions.

Three of those passes went to senior tight end Matt Pehle, who finished the game with 32 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior Jalen Poindexter led all tacklers on the night with 12 solo stops, six assisted tackles, one tackle for a loss and one interception.

Wes Davis had eight solo stops and five assisted tackles along with two tackles for losses while Jay Barnhart added six solo stops and four assisted tackles, Jared Oser with five solo stops, three assisted tackles and one tackle for a loss, Dyllan Crowley with four solo stops and four assisted tackles, Kelsey Callaway with five solo stops, three assisted tackles, two tackles for losses and one forced fumble, Dakota Meyer with four solo stops and three assisted tackles, Ty Green with one solo stop and one assisted tackle, Damario Walker with two solo stops and one assisted tackle, Holden Hinkle with two solo stops, James Green with two solo stops, one sack and one tackle for a loss, Jacob Francis with one solo stop, Tanner Green and Keith Poindexter each with one assisted tackle, Josh Webb and Aron Widel with one solo stop each, Brett Kenney with one assisted tackle and Gus Kemp with one interception.