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Trailblazers run wild, thump Chiefs

Allen LaMountain • Updated Oct 25, 2018 at 11:17 PM

Senior night at Nathan Hale Stadium had Daniel Boone High School celebrate the careers of 11 football players on Thursday night as the Trailblazers took on Cherokee in each team’s regular season finale.

Boone produced three 100-yard rushers in this one as the Trailblazers took a 49-15 Region 1-5A decision over the Chiefs. Junior running back Charlie Cole had 144 yards rushing on 17 carries and senior quarterback Ethan Harrell added 121 on nine tries with sophomore Devon White rushing for 101 on seven carries.

Cherokee senior quarterback Trey Courtney — a converted receiver — was just 6-for-17 passing in the first half for 53 yards. Courtney finished 10-for-24 for 101 yards and piled up 141 rushing yards.

The Chiefs (1-9, 1-5 conference) moved the ball well between the 20-yard lines, but twice stalled on downs inside the Boone red zone. The Trailblazers (8-2, 5-1) fumbled on their first possession, with Cole putting it on the ground.

Cherokee senior running back Japheth Curtsinger fumbled on his first carry after the turnover and the ’Blazers took over at the Chiefs’ 22-yard line. Six plays later, Harrell punched it in from a yard out and Cade Gray added the point after kick.

Cherokee moved to the Boone 9 before a motion penalty moved them back to the 14, from where senior kicker Dawson Walker booted a 31-yard field goal to cut Boone’s lead to 7-3.

The Chiefs then attempted an onside kick but an illegal touch gave Boone the ball at the 46 — and five plays later Cole scored from a yard out for a 14-3 Trailblazer advantage.

Boone put together a nice drive after Cherokee turned the ball over on downs at the 28, with Cole scoring on a 1-yard blast.

Harrell was a big piece of the puzzle offensively for Boone with 100 yards rushing on five carries and he completed 4 of 6 passes for 54 yards in the first half. Cole rushed eight times for 41 yards and two scores prior to intermission.

Cherokee had a pair of big plays in the third period: Tater Haun made an interception he return 72 yards to the 3, setting up a 2-yard Ethan Bledsoe scoring run. The second big play for Cherokee came on a 63-yard run from Courtney for a TD. The Chiefs failed on both two-point tries and trailed 28-15.

In between those scores was a 10-yard scoring run from Harrell. After the Chiefs’ second score, White had a 5-yard touchdown run for a 35-15 Boone lead. White also had a touchdown run of 53 yards. Ethan White completed the scoring with a 4-yard run.

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