The Boonville Pirates football team will try for win No. 4 Friday night during Homecoming against the Osage Indians.
While each week brings something new for the Pirates, the game against Osage in Week 5 is no different.
On paper, the Pirates are one up on the Indians in the win column. Boonville is currently 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Tri-County Conference while Osage is 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.
In last week’s games, Boonville defeated California 48-7 while Osage fell to Hallsville 47-0.
1. Can the Pirates stop the Indians, who will be the bigger of two teams?
Judging from the Week 3 game against No. 1 Blair Oaks, the Pirates can play with anybody left on their schedule, including Osage. While the Indians might be bigger in the trenches on both sides of the ball, Boonville will have the advantage at the skill positions-especially at running back and receiver.
Pirates skipper Greg Hough said Osage returns quite a few players from last year. “They have to replace their quarterback,” Hough said. “He was the jack of all trades and kind of did it all for them. However, they will still show multiple looks. We just need to get to the football, be very aggressive, put a lot of pressure on their QB and try to create turnovers.”
2. Can the Pirates score in all three phases again?
Boonville had a rushing touchdown, a defensive touchdown on an interception and a punt return for a touchdown last week against California.
For the Pirates to continue their success, they will have to finish on the plus side in turnover margin. That wasn’t the case in their only loss to No. 1 Blair Oaks as Boonville had two costly picks in the game.
3. Can the Pirates keep the train running in both the TCC and district?
If Boonville wants to finish at the top in conference play, they will have to win out in the regular season-especially against teams like Hallsville and Southern Boone.
As for the district, the Pirates are currently sitting in fourth place behind Odessa, Center and Southern Boone in that order. Oak Grove is also close behind Boonville in fifth place. But remember, only the top four spots host the first round of district play.
4. Hough feels team is getting better week to week
Nothing makes a team feel good about itself than a win. The Pirates got that in a big way last week against California by jumping out to a 48-0 lead.
But in the three previous games, Boonville has struggled at times both offensively and defensively while giving up two late scores to Pleasant Hill and falling behind 13-0 to Holden. The Pirates also struggled in the run game against Blair Oaks.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Hough said. “Last week against California we felt like the run game was going pretty good so we kind of stuck to it and threw the ball eight times. The week before the run game was tough and we threw the ball almost 30 times. We just want to find a rhythm this week and try to find things that we do well.”
5. Will the focus be there from the players during Homecoming week?
Hough said he wants the kids to have fun and be involved in all of the Homecoming activities. But when it comes to playing football Friday night, Hough said the kids have to be mentally prepared to play football for 48 minutes. “Honestly, my only concern going into the game is that we are healthy,” Hough said. “We are going to play our style of football and teams that come out and play hard are usually teams that win. We hope to continue the success so hopefully more fans keep coming out and supporting the Pirates.”
Note: Senior quarterback Nick Ferrari has completed 32 of 54 passes for the season for 447 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. Avian Thomas leads all rushers with 65 carries for 478 yards and six touchdowns. Tramell Coleman has 14 receptions for 179 yards and three scores. Meanwhile, on defense, junior Harper Stock is the leader with 43 total tackles while Josh Polk is second with 36.