Rebels' offense carries Boyle past Henry Clay 45-21

August 29, 2004|JILL ERWIN

LEXINGTON - Things didn't start smoothly for the Boyle County offense, but it didn't take long for the Rebels to get in the swing of things Friday.

Brandon Smith threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns as Boyle reached the end zone on seven straight possessions in a 45-21 win over Henry Clay in front of approximately 6,000 fans at Commonwealth Stadium.

The Rebels turned the ball over on downs each of their first two possessions. They were nearly unstoppable after that, however, racking up 441 yards the rest of the way and scoring the next seven times they held the ball.

"The passing game worked great, and I think it's mainly because of the receivers," Smith said. "We've got some playmakers out there at receiver that can take those little 8-yard stops and turn them into touchdowns."


Five of them did, as Josh Miller, Greg Peck, Seth Tamme, Casey Brummett and Evan Teague each caught a scoring pass from Smith. Smith finished 15-for-26 for 316 yards and five touchdowns passing and also rushed for a touchdown.

They scores came in all fashions, from Miller's 61-yard catch in the second quarter to Teague's 12-yard grab in the fourth. But each underscored the versatility in Boyle's receiving corps, and that's something Teague said will pay off as the season wears on.

"If Brandon has so many more options to throw to, that means somebody's going to be open," said Teague, who caught three passes for 58 yards in his first game of the season.

"I've been real pleased with our offense," Boyle coach Chuck Smith said. "They've been carrying us. We really need to pick our defense up. We're wearing down too soon, too quick and that's uncharacteristic of us and I'm not happy with it at all."

Henry Clay rushed for 206 yards

Boyle gave up 21 points to a Henry Clay team that scored just 13 on Paducah Tilghman last week. The Blue Devils totaled 305 yards of offense, including 206 rushing.

"The defense has got to get in gear," Chuck Smith said. "We're not going to win a championship unless the defense decides to step it up."

"If we play like this, Danville will kill us. That's the bottom line," Brandon Smith said.

Henry Clay hung around early, forcing Boyle to give the ball up on its first two possessions. The Devils got a bonus on their first possession when Peck was called for roughing the kicker when Henry Clay lined up to punt on 4th-and-31 from its own 13-yard line. But the Devils punted again just four plays later.

"We played with emotion at the beginning of the game," Henry Clay coach Sam Simpson said. "Unfortunately, we didn't match it on every play and that's what we needed to do."

Peck scored what should have been Boyle's first touchdown on an end-around, but Boyle was whistled for holding. Brandon Smith scored from 23 yards out after escaping a sack with 3 minutes, 6 seconds left in period one.

Henry Clay went three-and-out, and three straight runs by Quinn Givhan resulted in Boyle's second touchdown and a 13-0 lead.

After a Henry Clay score, Smith found Miller over the middle and Miller turned on the gas for a 19-6 lead.

"We just started picking it up"

"We just started picking it up," Smith said. "The guys decided nobody else was going to make plays, so they had to make plays. I think that was a big key there. Plus, the offensive line just started taking over the game."

Tamme's 26-yard score set the halftime score at 26-6.

Boyle's first possession of the second half ended with a 48-yard scoring pass to Peck. Peck was able to get behind DiQuan Mack and Smith got him the ball for the easy score. Brummett scored on an 18-yard pass with 3:08 left in the third and Teague closed out the scoring with 10:01 to play.

The offense was on its game for the second straight game, but the Rebels had problems with penalties. Boyle was whistled 13 times for 95 yards.

"I think it's a lack of focus. It's not like we have certain penalties, we have a variety of penalties," Brandon Smith said. "This is just my opinion, but I think the refs see Boyle County and they're going to pick up every little thing we do and they're going to call it. We're not going to get away with much."

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