"It just happened to come out that way this week," said Cloud. "Somebody's got to have a big game."
Cloud may have had the biggest game, but not the only big one. Brandon Smith completed his first nine passes and was 12-for-14 overall for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and Quinn Givhan ran for a pair of scores.
The game got out of hand in a hurry, as Boyle (9-0, 4-0 Class AAA, District 4) scored on its first six possessions and one of Taylor's, putting 42 points on the board in the first 16 minutes, 7 seconds, or a touchdown every 2:18.
That was in stark contrast to the Rebels' previous game when they failed to score on an equally overmatched Marion County team until the final play of the first quarter.
"Last week we just stood around and thought they were just going to open the door and invite us in," Boyle coach Chuck Smith said. "This week we wanted to come out strong, come out hard and get after it and dictate the flow of the game from the very start."
This was a game Boyle would have almost certainly won either way, but Smith said the coaches - and consequently, the players - are happier when the Rebels hit the ground running in such games.
"Everybody has more fun when that happens," he said.
That includes the understudies, who eagerly await their turn on the stage in the second half of such games.
"We like to get in there, but we know we have to look up to the leaders on the team. They have to have a real good game," said reserve running back Paul Keen, who had more carries than any Rebel with nine for 52 yards.
That has been the case in each of the last two weeks, as Boyle has outscored Marion and Taylor by a combined score of 133-0.
Smith said he's glad the younger players are getting some game experience - Boyle's starters didn't play after halftime - but he doesn't want his starters to suffer from playing only half as much as opponents the Rebels may face down the road.
"That could catch up with us when we get in the playoffs and have to play a full game," he said. "But I don't know what else to do in that situation."
Boyle reached the 70-point mark for the first time since a 73-30 win over Garrard County in 2000, and this was the first time any area team has scored 70 or more since the continuous clock rule designed to shorten blowouts took effect in 2001.
The Rebels' defense nearly held a second straight team to negative yardage. Taylor (2-7, 1-3) would have finished with minus yardage and without a first down had it not been for an 8-yard pass - the Cardinals' longest play from scrimmage - on the final play of the game.
"We've been working on some specific things on defense, and our kids are getting better at all of them," Smith said. "I know the competition hasn't been very good, but when it does get better we've got to still hold up and still show improvement in areas we've been working on."
Boyle's first big defensive play came on the third play of the game, when Cloud intercepted a pass from Taylor's Adam Bland and returned it 25 yards for a score.
The Cardinals tried only two more passes, choosing instead to run up the middle on most of their offensive plays.
"I think once we came out and put it to them, they were just trying to get the game over with," Cloud said.
Cloud also recovered a fumble caused by Ian Young later in the first quarter, and Brad Whitehouse recovered a fumble in the second period.
Seth Tamme and Evan Teague caught touchdown passes in the first half, Greg Peck started the second half with an 84-yard kickoff return for a score and Keen and Hagen Smith ran for second-half touchdowns.