Despite slow start, Boyle rolls 63-0

October 19, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

Once Boyle County got started, there was no way for Marion County to stop the Rebels.

Boyle sputtered through a sluggish first quarter before scoring 35 points in period two en route to a 63-0 victory over winless Marion here Friday.

The Rebels dominated the game with their defense. Marion got its only first down late in period four and never advanced beyond its own 37-yard line. The Knights finished the game with minus-31 yards of total offense and lost yards on 13 of 25 running plays.

"I don't know how you can prevent a team from losing its focus going into a game like this," said Boyle coach Chuck Smith. "The second quarter we finally picked up our play offensively, but we never played with any emotion.


"Fortunately we got after them on defense and stayed after them. We had great field position the whole game and that gave our offense time to finally get going."

Boyle (8-0) had 13 possessions and nine of them started inside Marion territory. The other four all started near midfield.

Once the Rebels did get untracked, they scored almost at will.

Junior quarterback Brandon Smith threw a screen pass that running back Quinn Givhan turned into a 29-yard score on the first quarter's final play to open the scoring.

"That play got us going," Brandon Smith said. "We regrouped after that and started taking over the game."

Senior Brad Cloud almost took over by himself in the second quarter.

He had a 24-yard scoring reception, a 43-yard run to set up Givhan's 1-yard run and a 23-yard catch to set up his own 1-yard touchdown run.

"He's tough. He just makes plays," Chuck Smith said of Cloud, who had three catches for 65 yards in the second quarter.

Brandon Smith was just 4-for-9 passing for 65 yards in period one and overthrew several open receivers before finding his accuracy in the second quarter. He was 8-for-12 for 160 yards and three touchdowns in the second quarter.

In addition to his throw to Cloud, he also had a 14-yard scoring strike to Evan Teague and a 32-yard touchdown pass on the half's final play that Greg Peck caught while lying on his back in the end zone after it deflected off Cloud.

"We got off to a rough start and just were not focused. We didn't listen to what our coaches had told us," the Boyle quarterback said.

"The focus starts with the quarterback and it was a total lack of focus early by me. I take the blame for that."

Teague, a junior, continued his recent improvement with two touchdown catches in the second half.

The first came on a 10-yard throw from Brandon Smith while the second was a 4-yard reception from sophomore backup quarterback Tyler Morris, who had two scoring runs nullified by penalties.

Boyle got its final touchdown when sophomore Paul Keen, who transferred from North Laurel this season, broke free for a 15-yard touchdown run. He also intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter.

"It was good to be able to get a lot of players into the game," Chuck Smith said.

That included senior tight end-safety Ian Loughry, who had not played since injuring his knee the first game of the season.

"We just rolled him in to let him get a taste of playing some again," the Boyle coach said. "He's not near 100 percent back yet, but he's going to keep getting stronger and having him back will help make us a better team."

Boyle had 370 yards of total offense. Brandon Smith was 14-for-23 passing for 228 yards and five touchdowns as Chuck Smith was able to let his team work on its passing game like he wanted.

However, the coach wants his team to maintain far better focus in its remaining two games against Taylor County and Lincoln County to prepare for a run at a fifth straight state championship next month.

"Some games you can get away with playing less than your best and still win," Chuck Smith said. "I hope we learned a lesson tonight about focus. We still have a relatively young team and the players might have thought they were focused enough for this game. Hopefully they found out that was not true.

"We did get to work on some things and we need to do that the next two weeks, too. We are getting healthier, and that's going to help a lot, too. But we have to realize that we still have a lot of work left to do if we want to get to where we want to be when this season ends."

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