Conner 34 Boone County 13

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    Conner 34 Boone County 13

    Final.

    The game was tied 7 all at the half and Boone jumped out to a 13 to 7 lead but it was all Cougars after that.

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    Would be considered an upset if you compare the result to the prediction thread... But history has proven that Boone County football has been down for some time. Cougars win comfortably tonight.

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    Curious as to why to why @RebelDad thought Boone County was a two TD favorite tonight? Best of luck to the Rebels this year though - looks like they will need some improvement in 6A after losing by 3 TD's tonight.

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    It was my prediction. If you had a problem with my prediction you should have asked at that point.

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    Let's stick to the game, not each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RebelDad View Post
    It was my prediction. If you had a problem with my prediction you should have asked at that point.
    I don't think most read it that way. Lots of confidence in the prediction thread. Curious what that was based upon.

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    My prediction was made on Boones strengths not Conners weaknesses. I sure didn't mean to offend anyone.

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    Great pic in the update thread, @theguru. You got it when the sprinklers came on before 3rd down and the teams had to come off the field. Surprised the refs who got a little wet.

    Too late for me to post a summary. I'll do it tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgrappler View Post
    Great pic in the update thread, @theguru. You got it when the sprinklers came on before 3rd down and the teams had to come off the field. Surprised the refs who got a little wet.

    Too late for me to post a summary. I'll do it tomorrow.
    Thanks @oldgrappler I look forward to reading your summary tomorrow.

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    Who won in the trenches? I thought Boone would have an advantage there

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    Big test for Conner next week.

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    I believe Boone and Conner are more evenly matched than what the final score shows. Conners passing game was the best but Boone had the stronger running game. Emotions were high and Conner appeared to win that part of the game also. Many questionable flags were thrown also.

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    Here's my recap of the game. I will make two posts tonight summarizing the 1st half only. I will add the second half tomorrow.

    Post #1

    Boone County’s Senior Derrious Jerry fielded the opening kick at Boone’s 10 yard line and ran up the sideline to the Conner 25 yard line for a great start to the game for Boone. After three straight runs by the sophomore tailback it was 4th down and 1. It was definitely 4 down territory. QB Zach Grau handed off to the fullback who gained 3 for the first down at Conner’s 16 yard line. After a 4 yrd gain and then a 5 yard loss, Boone fumbled the ball away at the Conner 14.

    After a short gain on first down, Christian Webster took a pitch around the right side. Conner had the end sealed off and Webster raced around the edge and went untouched for 84 yards and a TD. It was dejavu all over again, to quote Yogi Berra. Webster scored on the exact same play to the left side in 2017. The Xpt was good.

    Conner 7 Boone 0.

    After the kick off, Boone took over on their own 34 yard line. The sophomore RB, Cauvey Vastine, had gains of 6 and 9 yards for a 1st down. A 14 yard run by the FB took the ball to the Conner 34 for another 1st down. A short run by Vastine followed by an 8 yard gain left it at 3rd and 1 for a 1st down. John Mark Shutt got the call and he gained two. Vastine went around the left end for an 11 yard gain and another 1st down. The sophomore RB has good instincts and a quick first move that freezes the defender and gives him an open field to run. I believe he has a good career ahead of him. Boone hasn’t had a runner with such natural instincts for at least 4 years. Vastine continued to carry the load running the ball and got it down to the 1 yard line. Hunter Freeman had one run on a misdirection that didn’t go anywhere when Aiden Camp shot through a gap in the line from his ILB position and ran all the way to the other side to make the tackle showing quickness and good football acumen. Boone lined up at the Conner 1 yard line where Grau handed the ball to his FB who went in the A gap. A hole opened up as the Boone’s line moved the Dline out of the way but one of Conner’s ILBs filled the hole and met Shutt head on at the goal line. The defender bounced back like a pin ball and Shutt had Boone’s first score of the 2018 season. Kick was good.

    Boone 7 Conner 7.

    After the kick and a decent return, Conner set up at their own 46 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage the Conner QB, Jared Hicks, heaved a pass to the numbers, and Boone defender, Trevor Miller, made a phenomenal diving catch for the interception leading to the funniest sideline “Happy Dance” by a coach you will ever see. S/O to Boone’s DB Coach. Boone took over on their own 25 yard line. The FB rumbled for 11 yards on the first play. Vastine goes for two yards, then the FB gets the call again and runs through, over, and drags defenders for 23 yards to Conner’s 40 yard line on the last play of the First Quarter.

    END OF 1ST Quarter: Boone 7 Conner 7

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    Post #2 2nd Quarter Action

    Vastine collects another 7 yards on two straight runs setting up a third and three. Shutt took the hand off and the Oline got good push on the snap. Shutt was met a yard short of the first down but second effort netted him a 4 yard gain and a first down. After a short gain by Shutt, Zach Grau throws a quick hitter to a wide out who ran a slant pattern to the inside. He was wide open but bobbled the ball and dropped what would have been a first down inside Conner’s 20 yrd line. That brought up 3rd and seven. Corey Parsons clogged up the hole leaving Shutt 4 yards short and the next play. Boone went for it on 4th down and Grau kept the ball running around the right side. Hicks, playing safety on defense, made initial contact and the was helped on the tackle. It appeared Grau had enough for a first down but he did not get a favorable spot (this happened on the far side of the field so I could be wrong ; ). Boone turned the ball over on downs.

    Two runs for no gain and a short pass led to a punt by Conner. After a penalty on the punt return, Boone starts at their own 38-yard line instead of having it in Conner territory.

    After a short gain by Boden-Bender, Grau aims downfield for a wide-open Noah Shamblin streaking in the middle of the field on a post pattern. Jared Hicks made a leaping one-handed grab for one of the prettiest interceptions you’ll ever see. After the return, Conner takes over on the Boone 48 yard line.

    Set up in the shotgun, Hicks fakes a handoff to Webster and fires out to the slot receiver, Camp, for a 3 yard gain. Webster makes a nifty run starting inside and breaking to the outside setting up 3rd and 1. Hicks on the option pitches to Webster who gains the first down to Boone’s 35. Webster takes another pitch and goes for about 5 yards and finishes the run falling forward. I think Webster is stronger this year than last and is finishing his runs with some power. An incomplete pass, then a run by Webster leads to 4th down and 4 yards. Hicks comes up short on the keeper and Boone takes over on downs.

    A five yard gain by Vastine followed by a 10+ yarder by Boden-Bender gave Boone a 1st down at the 44 yard line. At this point it appears that Conner’s defense is wearing down from the constant pounding of Boone’s running game. The Boone O-line is winning at the line of scrimmage. A short run followed by a penalty on Conner gives Boone a 2nd and 4. Grau then throws a long incompletion to a receiver that was taken out of his route. A 15 yard penalty against Boone places the ball back at Boone’s 35. Two running plays fail to get Boone back to the original line of scrimmage so it brings up a punt. Grau gets off a 44 yard punt. The return is about 30 yards.

    Conner sets up at their own 44 yard line. A drag pass to Aiden Camp nets 8 yards to the Boone 48. Hicks throws down the right sideline to Emmanuel Merkel who is much taller than Boone’s defender, he catches it at the 30 and runs down to the Boone 4 yard line as time is running down in the 2nd quarter. A completion gets Conner to the 2 yard line. On fourth down, Hicks takes the snap in the shotgun, he runs forward towards the line and is about to get hit by Boone’s MLB when Hicks dives over the tackle and lands with the nose of the ball just shy of the goal line. Boone takes over on downs and Grau runs a sneak up the gut and time runs out.

    HALFTIME SCORE Boone 7 Conner 7.

    This is a pretty exciting game despite the score. It is the kind of game where every inch of real estate matters. The teams are very evenly matched.

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    Post 3 of 4: 3rd Quarter Action

    Boone tries an onside kick to start the 2nd half. The kicker kinda muffs the kick and it looks to barely travel 10 yards. No matter. A Boone player got the head of the ball for offsides. Boone lines up and kicks it down field. During the return it looks as if the kicker redeemed himself by stripping the ball and Boone’s Bryce Chenot picks it up and carries it to the Conner 12 yard line. It’s a good start for Boone.

    On second down Vastine takes the handoff and a big hole opens between the left guard and tackle. The CB is sealed off and Vastine beats the safety to the two yard line where he is sandwiched between his blocker and the Safety takes an angle on the play but the ball carrier falls forward into the end zone. TOUCHDOWN Boone County! The Xpt is blocked. Boone takes the lead!

    Boone 13 Conner 7

    After the return of the ensuing kickoff, the Conner offense takes over on their own 39 yard line. After a short gain, Conner penalty, and a pass that was knocked down by Boone’s CB, Conner is faced with a 3rd and 14. Hicks passes to Merkel who is a tough matchup for the shorter safety. It’s a gain of about 25 yards and Conner is on Boone’s 39. On a neat little play, Hicks fakes the inside handoff and then starts towards the left, then he pitches it out to the slot receiver (#11 Drew Cobble) who gains just over ten yards. First down. Next is a quick hitter out to the slot receiver, Camp, on the other side, good for 6 yards. Next, Hicks rolls left, steps up into a gap and fires down to the 11 yard line. Hicks, in the shotgun, takes the snap, fakes to Webster, starts to run up the middle, changes his mind and scampers around the left side down to the three. On the next play, Boone’s defense stunts, blitzing the LB between guard and tackle. Somebody misses an assignment or is late leaving a gaping hole straight up the middle that Hicks exploits for the easy TD. Conner lines up with most of its players out to the left hash tag. They go for 2. Aiden Camp makes a leaping catch over the defender and the score is now…

    Conner 15 Boone 13

    After a squib kick, Boone takes over at their 37. They are sticking to the formula. Three straight runs nets them about 5 yards. The last run is a quick pitch to Boden-Bender who does a good job of getting positive yards where it appeared none existed. He is a sophomore and looks to have a good future as a FB and LB for Boone. After the punt, Conner has the ball on their 30.

    Conner loses a yard on a pitch to Webster on 1st down. Then Hicks finds #33, Garrett Coghlan for about a five yard pass out on the numbers and he races the remained of the way for a 70 yard catch and run TD. The Xpt is blocked by Shutt. But just like that, Conner begins to separate from Boone.

    Conner 21 Boone 13

    Boone is penalized on the kick return and so must start inside its own 10. After a couple of short gains, Vastine is able to get through the line out past the 20 for a first down. After a short run by Shutt, Vastine again picks up a first down. Then Vastine gets a pitch to his left where he is following his FB. Vastine cuts in behind his block and gets another first down. After no gain on 1st down, Grau hits Boden-Bender on a little down and out and he turns up field for about 15 yards. Boone is moving the chains. Two straight runs by Vastine and Boone faces a third and one. Vastine gets his third straight call and he follows his blockers into the line for a three-yard gain. First down Boone County.

    End of 3rd Quarter: Conner 21 Boone 13

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