Boonville finishes the game with three interceptions and two fumbles against Eagles
On a night when the Boonville Pirates could ill afford to have turnovers, they had a total of five Friday night in a 43-27 loss against Southern Boone in Tri-County Conference action at Gene Reagan field.
With both teams entering the game at 6-2 overall, Boonville Pirates football coach Greg Hough said the game against Southern Boone resembled the season opener against Pleasant Hill, where the Pirates turned the ball over four times in a 42-0 loss.
“I think there were a lot of similarities to the Pleasant Hill game to be real honest,” Hough said. “We may have also got a little overconfident having won five straight. I could feel it. The mistakes that we made tonight are mistakes that we made this week in practice and we addressed them in practice and in film study. Maybe they will believe me now because it mattered between the white lines and that is the exact same thing that I have preached to them all week.”
Of course Southern Boone senior quarterback Sam Stichnote also had a little part in the Eagles win over Boonville with 24 carries for 118 yards and one touchdown while completing 8 of 14 passes for 132 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Hough said Stichnote is probably the best quarterback in the conference.
“To me he is the best quarterback in the Tri-County Conference,” Hough said. “Hair from Blair Oaks has great players around him, but Stichnote kind of puts his team on his back. I talked all week about his competitive fire in the pregame and he’s got it. He is a kid that plays with that momentum, and when he has momentum he’s pretty tough. We just couldn’t get that bit stop tonight and we couldn’t execute on offense to make it happen and at the end of the day when you can’t get the big stop and turn the ball over, you lose ballgame and that’s been proven this year. Week 1 and Week 9 kind of went full circle tonight.”
Five turnovers to be exact.
However the biggest turnover of the night may have come on the first play of the game as a high snap eluded junior quarterback Nick Ferrari for a safety.
The Eagles never trailed again in the ballgame while picking off a pass at the Boonville 17 on the Pirates next possession. Stichnote and Tyson Smith then connected on the very next play for the score to extend the lead to a stunned Boonville crowd at 9-0.
Of course it got worse before it got better for the Pirates. On the third possession of the ballgame after taking over at their own 20, the Eagles intercepted another pass at the Boonville 49. Four plays later from the 29, senior Parker Boyce split the uprights on a 46 yard field goal to make it 12-0.
The Pirates didn’t go down without a fight, though. On the ensuing kick off, Boonville showed its quick strike capability by scoring after only one play from the wildcat on a 80-yard run by junior Tramell Coleman to cut the lead in half at 12-6.
The Eagles also proved they could drive the ball the full length of the field after moving the ball 77 yards on 13 plays for the score on a 15-yard pass from Stichnote to Boyce. Senior running back Colby Phillips then put Southern Boone ahead by two scores by beating the Boonville defense to the end zone on the two-point conversion to make it 20-6.
The Pirates again came right back on their next possession by scoring on the first play from scrimmage from the Boonville 25 on a 75-yard pass from Ferrari to Coleman to cut the lead to 20-13.
Southern Boone answered the Pirates again, this time on a 51-yard pass from Stichnote to Phillips with 2:30 left in the half to push the lead to 27-13.
The Eagles finished the first half with 10 first downs along with 131 yards rushing and 132 passing for a total of 262. As for Boonville, they had only two first downs in the first half along with 102 yards rushing and 88 passing for a total of 190.
Phillips led all rushers for Southern Boone with 83 yards while Stichnote had 45 yards on the ground and another 132 passing.
For Boonville, Coleman had six carries for 101 yards and one touchdown.
Trailing by two scores at the half, the Pirates may have caught their biggest break of the ballgame to start the third quarter when senior Carson Campbell picked off a Stichnote pass at the Boonville 19. Sixteen players later after moving the ball down to the Southern Boone 8-yard line, junior Avian Thomas found the end zone to cut the lead to 27-20.
The Pirates never got any closer in the ballgame as Southern Boone came back with a 28-yard field goal by Boyce to make it 30-28. Then, after Boonville’s fourth turnover of the ballgame on an interception by Stichnote, who took it all the way down to the 6-yard line, Southern Boone came back and scored two plays later on a 4-yard run by Phillips to extend the lead to 36-20 with 5:28 left in the third quarter.
Boonville would turn the ball over again, this time after a pass from Ferrari to Thomas at the Pirates 28. Three plays later, Stichnote hit paydirt from the 16 with 3:53 remaining to put the Eagles on top 43-20.
Boonville picked up a touchdown late on a 40-yard run by Coleman with 1:48 left in the ballgame but it was too little too late for the Pirates, who dropped to 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the TCC. Southern Boone improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the conference.
Hough said the kids just need to rebound from this just like they did coming off the Pleasant Hill game.
“This is a good reality check for everybody,” Hough said. “It’s good for us as coaches, it’s good for the players and luckily we get another chance to play because if this was the last one of the year, it would be harder to swallow than honestly what it is right now. We will take this as a good piece of humble pie and we will find out late Saturday night who we play and we are going to travel no matter who it is.
“We are going to put our best 11 kids on the field that we have available for us and it is win or go home. It doesn’t really matter at this point where the heck we go or who the heck we play, our kids have the potential to compete. This is the toughest district in the state but I believe our kids have the potential. They have to learn from this and maybe look at themselves in the mirror a little bit.”
For the game, Southern Boone finished with 17 first downs along with 264 yards rushing and 132 passing for a total of 396. Boonville, meanwhile, had only eight first downs in the ballgame along with 262 yards rushing and 104 passing for a total of 366.
Coleman had another big game for the Pirates after finishing with over 270 yards total last week against Hallsville. With 162 yards rushing on eight carries and two touchdowns, Coleman also had four catches for 100 yards and one score against Southern Boone.
Avian Thomas finished the game with 19 carries for 100 yards and one touchdown.
Ferrari had all of the passing yards for Boonville while completing 6 of 13 passes for 104 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.
On defense for the Pirates, junior linebacker Josh Polk finished the game with a total of 19 tackles with 12 solo stops and seven assisted tackles. He also had two tackles for losses.
Brandon Johnson had 14 total tackles with three tackles for losses and one sack while Tramell Coleman added 12 total tackles, Lane West with eight tackles, Harper Stock with six tackles, Carson Campbell with four tackles and one interception, Peyton Keeran with four tackles and one tackle for a loss, Trae Williams also with four tackles, Dalton Williams with three tackles and one tackle for a loss, DeAndre Wesolak and Alan McCarter each with three tackles, Treveon Coleman, Avian Thomas, Landon Weaver and Andrew Wiser each with two tackles and Russell Potter and Andrew Pefferman with one tackle each.