Improve to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference
Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough predicted that the Pirates would score on the first play of the game all week.
But little did he know that Boonville would actually score on the opening kick off after junior Tramell Coleman ran untouched to the end zone on a 89 yard run to put the Pirates on top 7-0.
Of course Hough was partially right as Boonville later scored on the first play from scrimmage to cap off a big first half in which the Pirates reeled off 37 points en route to a convincing 43-0 victory.
Along with being the first shutout of the season, Boonville also picked up its first win in the Tri-County Conference since moving over from the North Central Missouri Conference this season.
The Pirates are currently 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the TCC.
Of course the Pirates also know what it’s like to be on the other side after getting shutout in Week 1 against the Pleasant Hill Rooster 41-0 and last week against the No. 2 ranked Blair Oaks Falcons 31-0.
But this win had a different feel for Boonville not just because it was Homecoming or that they won big against a conference opponent.
Hough said this had to happen where if the coaching staff says if we do this it’s going to happen.
“We talked about it last week at Blair Oaks that if you do this this is going to happen and it happened,” Hough said. “Hopefully these kids will continue to believe. We felt like we had some stuff that we could do, especially with what they were showing in the secondary and just with our skill set and with our speed and things like that. California gave us some different looks and I knew the kids had to do their fill out process.
“But Ferrari was really good early, our receivers were really good all night. We missed a couple of throws right there and things like that but at the end of the day when you jump out that early, taking the opening kick off back and then offensively we score on the first play and there were three and out, three and out and three and out, that’s how we practiced. We were close to being exactly to what I was preaching to them on Thursday.”
The Pirates also shared the wealth against California. While leading 37-0 at the break, five different players scored either by a touchdown or a field goal in the first half.
As for the Pintos, they failed to cross mid field in the first half and finished the first-two quarters with seven straight punts.
Senior Malik Brazil, who scored his first touchdown of the season on a 39-yard pass from junior quarterback Nick Ferrari to make it 21-0, said this was the coaches game plan to jump on California early.
“Coach wanted us to come out early and get a good start,” Brazil said. “He felt that we were the better team from the start so we went out and proved it tonight. This win really meant a lot tonight on Homecoming because it’s our last one for the seniors. And then on top of that this was our first win since joining the new conference, so hopefully we can get this thing rolling and keep going.”
Of course nothing could top the opening kick off by Coleman, who dazzled the crowd with his lightning speed down the sidelines to start the evening.
Nothing until the next series from the Boonville 49. While shutting the Pintos down completely on offense, the Pirates dazzled the crowd again on a 51-yard pass from Ferrari to Trae Williams, who got behind the secondary for a touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0 with 10:14 left.
It was also getting to be a broken record as California punted and then Boonville scored.
Such was the case on the Pirates third possession from their own 2. What looked like a sure punt for Boonville, Ferrari and Brazil had other ideas after a 39-yard pass for the score to make it 21-0. That was only a seven play drive. Then, after another California punt, senior Hayden Potter capped off a 11-play drive from the Boonville 43 with a 27 yard field goal with 10:03 left in the half to push the lead to 24-0.
But the Pirates weren’t don’t yet. The touchdowns continued to roll in as Boonville struck again at the 7:01 mark in the first half on a 16-yard pass from Ferrari to junior running back Avian Thomas to extend the lead to 30-0. Then, after another three and out by California, Thomas would find the end zone again from 4 yards out with 2:23 remaining to make it 37-0.
About the only thing the Pirates did do wrong in the first half came at the 1:11 mark after California picked off a Ferrari pass at the 50. However the defense did its part by forcing another three and out.
Boonville defensive end Brandon Johnson said the Pirates just came out and played physical and came out fast. “That’s what we have been practicing on all week,” Johnson said. “This was just a good way to turnaround the season and win them all out from here.”
Hough said the team’s approach was also a little bit different this week.
“I told them what they could do and I don’t like that approach,” Hough said. “I like the kind of respect all fear none and I respect California but I knew our kids could be successful. I knew we would get better each week and everything is still a process. I need to keep these kids motivated and keep them driven just because we can’t get relaxed. We can’t get relaxed against any opponent we have and we can’t relax any day at practice.”
The second half was like a carbon copy of the first as the Pirates opened the final 24 minutes with a running clock. Although Boonville had only three possessions in the second half, they scored on their first on another 34 yard scamper by Thomas to go up 43-0 with 3:15 in the third.
As for California, they punted the ball on their first-three possessions and finally crossed mid field at the 2:25 mark in the fourth after a pass down to the Boonville 36. But even that was short-lived as a personal foul penalty moved the Pintos back to their own 46.
Boonville defensive coordinator Paul Stevens said the defense played well.
“I thought we executed our game plan,” Steven said. “There are still some little things that we have to clean up like the missed tackles and the dropped interceptions. We did a pretty good job but I thought we did a better job of getting off the field on third downs and that is what I was proud about the most-keeping that shutuout intact. The twos did their job whenever they came in and continued to do what our first team did, which is keep them off the scoreboard.”
Thomas had another big night running the ball for the Pirates with 16 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Ferrari also had his best game to date by completing 11 of 16 passes for 248 yards with three touchdowns and just one interception.
As for receiving yards, Brazil had four catches for 102 yards and one touchdown while Williams hauled in two catches for 65 yards and one score, Thomas with two catches for 34 yards and one score, Coleman two catches for 28 yards and Brandon Johnson with one catch for 19 yards.
The defense also had a coming out party with its first shutout of the season. Nineteen players finished the game with at least one tackle for Boonville with senior cornerback Carson Campbell leading the way with five solo stops and three assisted tackles for a total of eight.
Coleman finished the game with five solo stops, one assisted tackle, one tackle for a loss and one sack while Landon Weaver added four solo stops and two assisted tackles, Josh Polk with three solo stops and three assisted tackles, Brandon Johnson with three solo stops, two assisted tackles, two tackles for losses and one sack, Lane West with two solo stops, two assisted tackles and one tackle for a loss, Peyton Keeran and Harper Stock each with two solo stops and one assisted tackle, Russell Potter, Dalton Williams, Spencer Steakley and Alan McCarter each with two total tackles and Treveon Coleman, Trae Williams, Andrew Wiser, James Dorman, Nash McKenzie, Grayson Mesik and Peyton Hahn with one tackle each.