Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough knew Pleasant Hill quarterback Blake Atkins was good.
But this good in the way of two touchdown passes on 11 of 20 attempts for 171 yards and another rushing touchdown. He also had one pick in the first half but that mattered little as the Roosters  led 35-0 at the break and then added another touchdown in the second half for a 42-0 victory.
“He is a returning starter from last year so he is seasoned,” Hough said. “We missed a lot of sack opportunities and that kids grit kept them on the field. “As for the game as a whole, adversity will happen each day, each week, each year in athletics. The most disappointing adversity is when it’s self-inflicted adversity and that’s what happened to us early and often and creating a huge emotion and physical blow to us. Defensively, I thought our kids played well early but our turnovers put them in terrible situations.”
After a promising start last week during the Jamboree at Odessa, the Pirates self-destructed Friday night in the season opener against the Roosters with four first-half turnovers.
Boonville didn’t cross midfield until 5:11 left in the first quarter at the PHill 49 but then turned it over for a third time after two players for the Pirates collided to set up another touchdown by PHill after Austin Tye scooped the ball up and ran 51 yards for the score to make it 14-0 with 4:39 left in the first.
The Roosters also scored after starting the game with a three and out and a fumble when Atkins scored on a 1 yard run at the 5:48 mark to make it 7-0.
Boonville finished the first half with 10 possessions, four being fumbles. The other six resulted in punts.
As for PHill, they had 11 possessions in the first half and finished with five touchdowns, three punts, one fumble, one blocked PAT and one possession to end the half.
Of course it went from bad to worse for the Pirates after trailing 14-0. After another three and out, the Roosters capped off a eight play, 57-yard drive when Atkins hit Ramsey Kohler on a 18-yard pass with 32 seconds left in the first to extend the lead to 21-0.
Pleasant Hill would score two more times in the first half when Jake Harlan scored on a 16-yard run with 11:52 left in the half to make it 28-0. Then, after exchanging possessions with Boonville forced to punt again, the Pirates fumbled yet again inside their own 30. Luckily, for Boonville, junior Josh Polk was able to get a hand on the ball on the PAT from 22 yards out.
However it mattered little as Boonville punted the ball again after running only three plays while PHill hit paydirt on a 39-yard run by Garrett Schick to make it 35-0.
That’s how the half ended with the Roosters up by five scores.
Pleasant Hill also dominated in the stat column with 110 yards rushing and 139 passing for a total of 249. Boonville, meanwhile, had only 22 yards rushing and 59 passing for a total of 81.
Atkins also completed 8 of 16 passes for 139 yards with one pick. Four players touched the ball in the run game, with Schick leading the way with 11 carries for 60 yards.
Junior Avian Thomas, meanwhile, led the rushing attack for Boonville at the half with eight carries for 28 yards.
With a running clock to start the second half, PHill added its six touchdown of the game on its first possession on a 9 play, 40-yard drive. The 3 yard pass from Atkins to Miguel Venegas put the Roosters up 42-0.
The Pirates fared a little better in the second half while moving the ball all the way down to the PHill 2 yard line before time ran out.
Boonville finished the second half with three possessions, one being a punt, one turnover on downs and one to end the game. PHill, meanwhile, had only two possessions and finished with one touchdown and one punt.
Hough said he truly feels like the defense had flashes of being very good. “We couldn’t get off the field on third and allowed the big play,” Hough said. “Offensively was a constant uphill battle. Weekly the team that wins in the trenches will win the game and we got beat pretty bad there Friday night. Injury to Tramell Coleman and mental mistakes and the lack of ability to adapt also hurt us.”
Hough said the sun will come up on Saturday and it’s not the end of the world.
“We knew we would be challenged early with our schedule,” Hough said. “Though I feel we have improved our mistakes put us right back in the same situation as last year. Old habits are hard to break but my job as coach is to get these kids to believe in everything we are doing. They bought into the summer stuff and I’m extremely proud of that. Now we have to transition that into practice improvements and ultimately game improvements. We will get a lot better before we get worse. Not much worse than last night.”
The final game stats had PHill with 10 first downs, 122 yards rushing and 171 passing for a total of 293. Boonville, meanwhile, finished with 10 first downs, 134 yards rushing and 55 passing for a total of 189.
Atkins was also the leading rusher for PHill with 12 carries for 66 yards and one touchdown.
For Boonville, 0-1 on the season, Thomas finished with 13 carries for 63 yards. Junior quarterback Nick Ferrari, meanwhile, completed 8 of 18 passes for 55 yards.
Junior receiver Tramell Coleman had two catches for 27 yards to lead the Pirates.
On defense, Landon Weaver finished the night with a total of seven tackles with four solo stops and three assisted tackles.
Brandon Johnson had five total tackles and one tackle for a loss, followed by Grayson Mesik with four tackles and one tackle for a loss, Josh Polk four total tackles, Tramell Coleman, Carson Campbell, Harper Stock and Dylan Watson with three tackles each, Dalton Williams two tackles and two tackles for losses, Russell Potter two tackles, Alan McCarter one tackle and one tackle for a loss and Peyton Keeran, De’Andre Wesolak and Andrew Pefferman each with one tackle.
Johnson also had one sack while Keeran had the only interception in the game. McCarter also finished with one fumble recovery and caused one fumble while Campbell had one caused fumble.
Boonville will host the Holden Eagles at Gene Reagan field on Friday, August 31st starting at 7 p.m.