Boone falls to South Doyle in second round of Class 5A playoffs

Johnson City Press • Nov 15, 2019 at 9:47 PM

KNOXVILLE — The winning streak is over for Daniel Boone, but the Trailblazers went down fighting.

South Doyle used two big plays and took advantage of two big penalties in the first half to pull ahead and went on to beat Boone, 28-12, Friday night in the second round of the Class 5A football playoffs.

South Doyle running back Elijah Young, a Missouri commit, rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns and went over the 2,000-yard mark for the season.

Young had opened the playoffs with a 231-yard, four-TD performance against Cherokee.

The result ended a six-game winning streak for Boone, which finished 7-5. South Doyle (9-3) advanced to the quarterfinals, where it will face defending state champion Knox Central, a 49-7 winner over Gibbs on Friday night.

The Trailblazers opened the scoring on Devon White’s 6-yard touchdown reception on a pass from Kaleb Worley. The drive lasted more than seven minutes and covered 80 yards.

The extra point was blocked, leaving Boone with six.

South Doyle’s first touchdown came on fourth down after Boone had forced a punt but ran into the punter. On fourth-and-one, Young ran 51 yards for a touchown.

Ewan Johnson’s extra point was good and the Cherokees led 7-6.

The Cherokees scored again on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Mason Brang to Terrell Brown for a 14-6 lead and that’s the way it stood at halftime. That score was set up when Boone was called for an illegal block, ending what appeared to be a promising drive.

The touchdown came two plays after the ’Blazers were forced to punt.

One play after he surpassed 2,000 yards for the season, Young scored on a 9-yard run for a 21-6 South Doyle advantage.

With 4:25 left in the game, Joe Jones scored on a sweep for a 4-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion run was stopped short, leaving Boone down 21-12.

South Doyle’s Preston Sisler returned an interception 55 yards for a touchown in the closing minutes for the final score of the night.

The Cherokees outgained Boone 310-284 in total offense.

Worley led Boone with 87 yards on 17 carries and went 5 of 8 for 65 yards passing.

Brennan Blair, the star of the Trailblazers’ resurgence, was held to 53 yards on 16 attempts. Charlie Cole, a week after coming back from a broken arm, ended his high school career with 31 yards on six tries.