"We had some guys step up, and it wasn't any one person," Chuck Smith said. "There were a lot of people making big plays. That's the kind of team ball we need to have a lot of success."
The Boyle coach said he wasn't sure the Rebels were prepared for success based on their efforts in the days leading up to the game.
"I don't think we practiced real well this week, but we certainly picked it up tonight and got our focus back," Smith said.
"We came out a little more focused this week," said sophomore Seth Tamme, who caught his first career touchdown pass and also had two interceptions. "We didn't have the greatest week of practice, but we came out and played hard."
Boyle (2-0) was expecting its toughest battle yet from Henry Clay (0-2), which was coming off a loss to another Class AAA power, Paducah Tilghman.
"I personally thought they were a better team this year than they have been in the past," Tamme said.
But the result was essentially the same as it had been in the previous two seasons. Henry Clay avoided being shut out by Boyle for the third straight year by scoring with 88 seconds left, but Boyle has outscored the Blue Devils 113-7 in those three meetings.
The Rebels' defense focused on slowing Henry Clay down as soon as possible.
"We knew they had a lot of speed and talent," linebacker Andrew Bertram said. "We had to stop their speed before they could get going."
The Blue Devils had only 65 yards before more than doubling that total with an 83-yard touchdown drive that took up virtually all of the fourth quarter. The clock ran continuously after Boyle took a 46-0 lead late in the third period.
Tamme and Evan Teague each intercepted two Henry Clay passes, and each led to a score. Jeremy Enlow also recovered a fumble at the Boyle 16-yard line to end the Blue Devils' first series after the Rebels fumbled the opening kickoff.
On the other side of the ball, Chuck Smith said the passing game was more efficient than in Boyle's season-opening win over Lafayette a week earlier.
"It was a little better," he said. "We still dropped some passes that we need to catch, but I think our execution was better in the passing game."
Brandon Smith was 11-for-16 with completions to five different receivers, accounting for 178 of Boyle's 302 offensive yards.
Brandon Smith's 34-yard scoring pass to Tyler Morris completed an 84-yard march after Henry Clay's early fumble, and he threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Tamme late in the first half to give Boyle a 25-0 lead.
Between those scores, the Rebels got a 35-yard field goal from Adam Dickinson, a safety following a blocked punt by Brad Cloud and an 11-yard touchdown run by Danny Commarford.
Interceptions led to the first two of three third-quarter touchdowns, which came on a 4-yard run by Quinn Givhan and a 12-yard pass from Brandon Smith to Cloud. A 28-yard scoring pass to a wide-open Teague capped the Boyle scoring.
Teague and Tamme each scored their first varsity touchdown.
"That felt great," Tamme said of his score. "But I didn't know what to do. I just handed the ball to the ref."
The Rebels did not run an offensive play in the fourth quarter, as Henry Clay monopolized the ball before scoring against the second-team defense to spoil Boyle's shutout bid.
"Those young guys want to play, too," Smith said.
The news wasn't all good for Boyle, as senior tight end-safety Ian Loughry was lost to the team indefinitely after suffering an injury to his right knee while catching a pass in the first quarter. Loughry was to undergo an MRI exam after the game.