Boyle takes control over Southwestern

November 17, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Boyle County knew Pulaski Southwestern was going to try to control the ball, so the Rebels decided to take control of the game.

Boyle scored 21 points in the final 4:10 of the first quarter on the way to a 47-0 routing of the Warriors in the second round of the Class AAA, Region 2 playoffs. Boyle moves on for a rematch with Pulaski County in the regional championship game. Pulaski advanced by beating Waggener in an 82-68 shootout, but lost to Boyle 32-27 earlier this season.

To earn the rematch, Boyle (12-0) had to get past Southwestern, a team it had already beaten 38-3 this year. The Rebels got big plays from every part of their team - offense, defense and special teams - to hold off the Warriors (4-8).

Brandon Smith was involved in the big plays on offense, as the junior quarterback completed 13 of 20 passes for 276 yards and five touchdowns.


Four of those five scoring passes went for at least 20 yards each.

"We had big plays because we had great downfield blocking," Smith said. "Coach (Chuck Smith) has been preaching that to us all week. The receivers need to pick up on their stop-blocking and they did and that turns a 10-yard gain into a 50-yard gain.

"They made some great plays, on third down and long, and we just got in a flow. There wasn't anything that was going to stop us."

Greg Peck led the way, catching two passes for 111 yards and two scores, while Tamme, Tyler Morris and Brad Cloud each had one touchdown.

Chuck Smith said Brandon Smith played an excellent game at quarterback.

"I thought he made some good decisions," Smith said. "I thought the receivers ran some really good routes and made some really good catches. I think Brandon placed the ball really well. It was just a good combination tonight. Some of those fades over the shoulder, it was a beautiful ball and the receivers made beautiful catches."

Boyle wanted to get ahead early

The last time these two teams met, Boyle was held scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 3-0. But Brandon Smith said the Rebels weren't about to let that happen again.

"That was a big part of our game plan," the quarterback said. "The game plan was to come out and score early so they would abandon their game plan and start airing it out, which they don't like to do."

That's understandable, as Southwestern's two quarterbacks combined to go 0-for-6 with two interceptions for the game. Logan Viers was 0-for-3 with both picks.

The most costly came on the final touchdown of the first quarter. On third-and-8 from his own 27, Viers was picked off by Seth Tamme and Tamme returned the ball 53 yards for a touchdown with 41.4 seconds left on the clock.

"That was pretty fun," Tamme said. "I only had to make one guy miss. I picked up all my blocks and it was easy from there. I could have jogged if I wanted to. It was all my blockers."

Boyle had four takeaways for the game, and it could have been much worse. Southwestern fumbled six times, losing two to the Rebels. Boyle scored after every Southwestern turnover.

However, the most exciting section of the game was courtesy of Boyle's special teams.

Three Boyle timeouts on back-to-back-to-back plays forced Southwestern to punt from its own 32 with just over a minute to play in the first half. Quinn Givhan fielded the punt, but handed the ball off to Brad Cloud. Cloud picked up 49 yards as Boyle took over on the Southwestern 21.

On the first play from scrimmage, Smith found Tamme for a score to put Boyle up 27-0.

After that score, Lee Hoagland lifted a short lob kick into the front lines of Southwestern's special teams. Cloud dipped in between the lines of players and grabbed the ball, giving Boyle first-and-10 from the 41. After a penalty, Smith found Tamme for a 43-yard gain down to the 3-yard line.

Two running plays and a false start later, Smith fired a laser in to Cloud, who was in double coverage. Cloud caught the ball for a 33-0 halftime lead.

The Rebels stretched it out to 40-0 on an 87-yard pass play from Smith to Peck. Peck caught the ball while spinning around, and he backpedaled a few steps after catching it. But he broke one tackle and went down the Boyle sideline for the score.

Boyle's final score came on a 35-yard pass from Smith to Tyler Morris with 2:58 to play in the third quarter.

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