DANVILLE — Despite 329 yards rushing for the tandem of Ben Jones and Autry Pickens, Danville fell to visiting Western Boone, 27-24, Friday night.
The effort was tremendous, Danville coach Russ Sumner said.
“We really worked hard all week on making sure that we were playing assignment football,” he said. “Against a team that is really disciplined and executes really well, especially one that runs the option, you have to be really assignment oriented. We didn’t do a good job of that at times on the defensive side of the ball, and offensively, we made some glaring errors on blocking assignments and things like that”
Danville (1-4) broke through into scoring position first, as a 38-yard run by Jones and a facemask penalty gave the Warriors the ball at the 32-yard line. However, the drive ended when they turned the ball over on downs.
Western Boone’s next drive also featured a long run by their quarterback, Logan Wethington, whose 52-yard scamper gave the Stars (4-1) possession at the 18-yard line. Unlike the Warriors, Western Boone took advantage and Riggs Baxter scored on a 3-yard touchdown plunge.
The Warriors took advantage of their next opportunity, as a fumble gave Danville the ball deep in Star territory, and three plays later, Pickens scored from four yards out. The Warriors also capitalized on the two-point conversion, a run by Pickens.
On the next Danville possession, Jones scored on an 18-yard run. Pickens converted the two-point conversion again and the Warriors took a 16-7 advantage.
Just before the end of the half, Western Boone cut the lead to 16-14, as Wethington scored on a 9-yard run.
Danville started the second half scoring with special teams, as Dylan Boyd blocked a punt that was recovered by Nick Hall in the end zone. Pickens, once again, converted the two-point conversion and the Warriors claimed a 24-14 advantage with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter.
However, the Stars took momentum back, as Wethington hit Baxter on a 93-yard touchdown strike to cut the deficit to 24-21.They regained the lead for good as Zach Martin intercepted a pass from Christian Schabel and returned it 20 yards for a score.
“I am really pleased,” Western Boone coach Justin Pelley said. “We had a lot of guys beat up, so we had some young guys come in to play, who weren’t used to playing. It was just a sloppy night. We turned the ball over five times. You don’t deserve to win many games when you turn the ball over five times, but our guys answered the bell, rose to the challenge and made some big plays.”
Wethington led the way for the Stars with 125 yards on 16 carries and 97 yards through the air.