Who said Boonville is not a football town.
Judging by the fans in attendance Friday night during “Under the Lights Scrimmage” at Gene Reagan field, the crowd is either excited about the Pirates this season or just wanted to catch a glimpse of first year coach Greg Hough and how the team operated under his tutelage.
As it turned out, the crowd of 200 or so didn’t go away disappointed as the No. 1 offense put the ball in the end zone on numerous occasions albeit run and pass. Junior quarterback Nick Ferrari and junior running back Avian Thomas also hooked up for several scores. Also in the loop on passes from Ferrari were seniors Brandon Johnson, Malik Brazil, junior Tramell Coleman and Trevionne Coleman. Senior running back Landon Weaver also had several breakaway runs.
Of course the Pirates also put the ball on the ground on several occasions, something they will have to clean up before their first game on Friday, Sept. 24th at home against the Pleasant Hill Roosters starting at 7 p.m.
With Coach Hough calling the shots on offense in a controlled setting, the Pirates also had their moments on defense with defensive coordinator Paul Stevens dialing up several formations. As it turned out, Boonville’s defense may prove to be stingy as well after picking off a few passes and recovering a fumble or two.
All in all, the Pirates appear to be further along than last year at this time as the players get accustome to Hough’s new offense and defense.
The first day of practice will begin on Monday, August 6th. The Pirates will again have a fall scrimmage in full pads on Saturday, August 11th. On that same day, Hough will hold a clinic for the moms and a social for the dads. Then, on Friday, August 17th, Boonville will take part in a Jamboree at Odessa starting at 7 p.m.