"We wanted to do that," he said. "Their offense is kind of a ball-control offense, and it was important to get them into more of a passing game because they don't pass the ball very well.
"We got our job done, and I'm really proud of our boys for doing that."
Quarterback Brandon Smith led Boyle's offense by passing for 313 yards and three touchdowns, and he rushed for a team-high 65 yards and two more scores.
"Brandon was on the money once again tonight, and we have so many weapons for him to throw to, it's unbelievable," said Seth Tamme, who caught two of Smith's scoring passes.
Boyle's offense racked up 475 yards, which was actually below its average entering the game. The Rebels' six scoring drives averaged 75 yards each - they started inside their own 10-yard line twice - and each used at least nine plays.
"We just really executed our offense well," Chuck Smith said. "Our line really controlled the line of scrimmage early, Brandon did an outstanding job of getting the ball where it needed to be and we had some great catches."
Just as happy with the defense
But the Boyle camp was just as happy with the Rebels' success on defense. Their three previous opponents had averaged over 31 points and 391 yards per game, but Nelson (2-2) had only 210 yards and reached the end zone only after Boyle led 34-0.
"I'm just happy we held them to six points," Tamme said. "We finally came through on defense and showed a little heart."
Nelson's offense struggled without junior running backs Jamie Keene and Matt Rogers. Both were 1,000-yard rushers last season, but both missed this game with injuries. The Cardinals had only one first down and 55 yards in the first half, but they rushed for 151 yards after halftime.
"I think we stepped it up on defense," Boyle's Evan Teague said. "We're coming together a little more, but we still need to work on it to be ready for next week."
That's when the Rebels, ranked fourth in Class AAA, visit No. 3 Highlands, a team they defeated twice last season, the last time in the state finals. But they said they're much better prepared for that game than they were just a few days ago.
"We made steps during practice this week, and tonight we made some more progress," Tamme said.
Tamme had a team-high seven receptions for 164 yards, including the most impressive catch of the night. He and Nelson cornerback Greg Brussell each got their hands on a pass from Brandon Smith early in the fourth quarter, but Tamme ripped the ball from Brussell's hands and broke free for a 62-yard gain to the Nelson 30 on a play that could have easily resulted in a turnover.
"My plan was just to knock it down, but I saw the ball in front of me and I just took it," Tamme said.
That was the longest pass play of the game, but there were plenty of passes to go around. Teague caught five of them for 59 yards, and Greg Peck had four catches for 63 yards. Brandon Smith, who went over the 1,000-yard mark passing, was 19-for-26.
"Brandon was on tonight, and we didn't drop too many," Teague said.
Quinn Givhan rushed 19 times for 52 yards for the Rebels.
"I thought Quinn ran the ball hard when he had the opportunity," Chuck Smith said. "They were sticking people in there to stop the run and make us throw, and we did a good job of executing the passing game."
Nelson's Steven Crepps rushed for 49 of his 103 yards on his team's 91-yard scoring drive in the third and fourth quarters.