The Boonville Pirates JV football team was all about sharing the wealth Monday night while hosting the Fulton Hornets in NCMC action at Gene Reagan field.
While scoring a season-high 51 points in a 51-28 win over the Hornets, the Pirates also had seven touchdowns by five different players in the game to improve to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Boonville Pirates JV football coach Joe Henke said the last two games have both been solid games.
“I like the way we are playing right now,” Henke said. “We are coming together at the right time and have a big game to finish the season next Monday at home against Columbia Hickman. However I thought tonight’s game was a team effort. I thought the offensive line did a great job and opened some holes for guys like Peyton Keeran and Darius Jones running the ball. Quarterback Nick Ferrari also had a great game passing the ball. I could keep going down the list. Andrew Pefferman scored two more touchdowns and then Peyton rushed for over 100 yards just in the first half. Defensive-wise I thought the kids did an awesome job. We had a couple of breakdowns but all in all we tackled pretty well.”
Some would say this game was also over early in the second quarter with the Pirates leading 22-0.
Although Fulton would still tally 28 points, they were spread out throughout the game with no real threat of a possible comeback.
As for the scoring for Boonville, the Pirates scored on their opening possession on a 1-yard run up the middle by Ferrari with 7:11 left in the first quarter. Ferrari would then hook up with Spencer Steakley on the two-point conversion to make it 8-0.
Then, after an interception by Cody Garner on Fulton’s next possession, Ferrari found Pefferman wide open for a 46-yard touchdown with 2:57 remaining to extend the lead to 14-0.
Pefferman had his name called again on Fulton’s next possession after recovering a fumble and racing 84 yards for the scored to make it 20-0. Keeran then added salt to the wound by hitting paydirt on the two-point conversion to go up 22-0.
Of course Fulton didn’t go down without a fight. After taking over on the ensuing kickoff at their own 32, the Hornets came back with a 68-yard run Zaylin McNeil for the score to make it 22-6. Junior quarterback Evan Gray then hit junior John Holtkamp on the two-point conversion to cut the lead to 22-8.
Needless to say it didn’t take Boonville long to get the touchdown back. After taking over at their own 20 on the ensuing kickoff, Keeran beat the entire Fulton defense down the field for a 80 yard run to push the lead back up to 20 at 28-8.
The Hornets answered with a touchdown after a Boonville fumble on a 71-yard pass from Gray to McNeil to make it 28-14. Then, to end the scoring in the half, Keeran scored his second touchdown of the ballgame on a 5-yard run with 24 seconds left to extend the lead to 34-14. Ferrari and Keeran also hooked up on the two-point conversion to go in at the half on top 36-14.
The second half was pretty much like the first, with Boonville scoring twice in the third quarter on a 5-yard run by Steakley with 7:42 left and Russell Potter adding a 30-yard run to make it 51-14.
Ferrari also scored on the two-point conversion attempt after Steakley’s touchdown while Elijah Pinkett split the uprights on the PAT after Potter’s score.
The Hornets scored two more touchdowns after that with a 5-yard pass from Gray to Holtkamp with 27 seconds left in the third and again with 2 seconds remaining in the game on a 24-yard pass from Gray to Garrett Johnson.
Keeran led all rushers in the game with eight carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Darius Jones had six carries for 52 yards while Potter added 44 yards on two carries, Steakley 36 yards on three carries, Andrew Wiser 9 yards on two carries and Cody Garner 4 yards on two carries.
Ferrari, meanwhile, completed 3 of 4 passes in the game for 104 yards and one touchdown. Keeran was 1 for 1 for 80 yards.
As for receiving yards in the game, Pinkett had one catch for 50 yards. Pefferman added one for 46 yards, Potter one for 35 yards and Keeran one for 23 yards.
On defense, Pefferman finished the game with one solo stop, four assisted tackles and one fumble recovery.
Dalton Elder finished the game with one solo and three assisted, followed by Lane West with two solo stops and two assisted tackles, Cody Garner two solos, one assisted and one interception, Russell Potter two solos and one assisted, Nathan Platt and Garrett Coffey each with one solo and two assisted, Elijah Pinkett and Hunter Pethan each with one solo and one assisted, Harper Stock one solo tackle and Greyson Mesik, Alan McCarter, Harley Waller and Andrew Wiser each with one assisted tackle.