For the second week in a row Boonville turns the ball over at inopportune times
The Boonville Pirates football team once again fell victim to its own mistakes Friday night in the home opener against the Holden Eagles.
While turning the ball over on three occasions last week against Eldon, which resulted in 21 of the Mustangs 41 points, Boonville had three costly turnovers again against the Eagles in a 21-6 loss.
The Pirates, dropping to 0-2 on the season, will face the Hannibal Pirates in the conference opener next Friday at Hannibal.
Boonville Pirates football coach Barry Blank said he thought the kids fought hard for four quarters.
“I just think the turnovers at inopportune times and mental mistakes just killed us,” Blank said. “You can’t do that. We are capable of driving the ball downfield but we just have to trust ourselves and we have to stay together.”
Holden, 2-0 on the season, opened the game with a 8-play, 68-yard drive for the score to go up 7-0 with 5:09 left in the first quarter. However, the touchdown came as a result of a fake punt on fourth and six from the Boonville 44 when senior quarterback Trever Wamsley hit senior Jordan Brown down the middle.
As for the Pirates, they fumbled on their first-two possessions which resulted in another Holden score on a 1-yard run by Wamsley with 9:51 left in the half to extend the lead to 14-0. Then, after taking over at their own 13 yard line, Boonville had its best drive of the ballgame by moving the ball 87 yards on eight plays for the score to cut the lead to eight at 14-6. Senior running back Keon Johnson scored from 3 yards out for the Pirates with 5:54 left.
However, the Eagles would respond with another touchdown by moving the ball 67 yards on nine plays when junior Andrew Martin took the plunge from the 1 to make it 21-6 with 1:27 remaining.
Both teams played to a standstill in the second half. The Pirates threatened on two occasions but had one drive stopped due to an interception from the Eagles 22 and the other on fourth down at the 6.
Boonville and Holden also finished the game with 15 first downs. However, the Pirates actually out-gained Holden 342-324. The Pirates had 112 yards rushing and 230 passing while Holden finished the game with 183 yards rushing and 141 passing.
Keon Johnson led all rushers in the game for Boonville with eight carries for 81 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Nick Zeitlow completed 15 of 21 passes for 230 yards with one interception. Johnson also had five receptions for 83 yards while Makiah Waibel finished the game with four catches for 59 yards.
For Holden, Wamsley led all rushers with 14 carries for 96 yards and completed 13 of 16 passes for 141 yards and two scores. Jordan Brown, meanwhile, had four catches for 73 yards and one score.