Boyle has easy time with Pulaski

October 10, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

The game was already decided, but the play perfectly illustrated just how easily Boyle County dominated the game.

Visiting Pulaski County had finally scored with only 16.9 seconds left in the first half after Boyle already had amassed 48 points and over 300 yards of total offense.

However, rather than let the clock run out, Boyle quarterback Brandon Smith lofted a perfect pass that Seth Tamme caught in full stride and easily outran two defenders for a 68-yard touchdown pass two seconds before halftime.

"I really didn't think he would be open," Smith said after Boyle's 68-14 Class AAA district win. "If they were in a deep zone, I was supposed to check to a run. But they gave us the coverage we wanted. As soon as I let it go, I knew it was a score. It was just one of those perfect plays that does not come along very often."


Boyle head coach Chuck Smith credited assistant coach Chris Pardue for calling the touchdown pass.

"He must have seen something in their alignment. Seth ran a nice route and Brandon hit him perfectly," Chuck Smith said.

Starters were nine-for-nine in scoring

Maybe Boyle didn't have a lot of "perfect plays" against Pulaski, but it had plenty that were good enough. Boyle (5-2, 2-0 Class AAA, District 4) scored on all eight first half possessions and averaged 10.1 yards per play and then drove 65 yards on five running plays to open the second half before the starters called it a night.

"There were a few plays here and there that could have been better because we want to keep improving. But we did take advantage of our chances to score," Brandon Smith said.

Smith was 12-for-18 passing for 198 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and also ran for a 14-yard score. Smith threw 18 yards to Casey Brummett for Boyle's second touchdown and then hit tight end Evan Teague with touchdown passes of 8 and 12 yards before connecting with Tamme to end the half.

Tamme had five catches for 116 yards, his second straight 100-yard game.

Quinn Givhan had scoring runs of 10 and 2 yards and Danny Commarford also tallied on a 12-yard run. Givhan also had his second straight 100-yard game as he finished with 114 yards rushing on 12 tries.

"We had to move some big kids out of the way, so all the credit goes to the offensive line for opening holes," Givhan said. "They have the hardest job of anybody on the football field and they gave me a lot of room to run."

Juniors Hagen Smith and Paul Keen did, too. Hagen Smith got Boyle's third-quarter score on a 7-yard reverse and Keen tallied on an 85-yard kickoff return after Pulaski backup quarterback Ross Deaton scored in the fourth quarter.

"I was really pleased with our offense the whole game," Chuck Smith said. "We put the ball in the end zone when we had opportunities and that's what good teams do."

Maroons manage just 119 total yards

Boyle's defense was just as dominating. Pulaski (5-2, 1-1) managed just 88 yards in the first half and 40 yards came on its only scoring drive. The Maroons finished with only 119 total yards and averaged less than three yards per play.

Tamme's interception set up Boyle's third touchdown and the Rebels allowed Pulaski to cross midfield only on its two scoring drives.

"We know we have to get better defensively every game," Brandon Smith, who also plays linebacker, said. "I missed a few tackles that I should not have missed, but our defense is getting better. We just have to do a little bit better job stopping the run."

The Boyle coach also liked what he saw from his defense and thought the Rebels even made improvement from their win a week earlier over Pulaski Southwestern.

"It's the time of year where you want your defense playing better and that's what we are doing," Chuck Smith said. "We had a couple of breakdowns, but for most of the game we shut them down."

Boyle will be a prohibitive favorite in its three remaining district games as it pursues a sixth straight state championship. However, Chuck Smith says improvement remains his priority no matter who the Rebels are playing.

"We are working to win a state championship right now," the Boyle coach said. "You can win or lose a state championship right now depending on whether you continue to improve or not."

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