The early-season schedule of the Daniel Boone football team is tougher than two-dollar steak.
The Blazers had to open with Lancaster-Lebanon Section 2 power Cocalico, a squad that has won 71 percent of its games over the past five seasons.
This week, they face perennial District 3-AAA power Manheim Central.
And in Week 4, they open Berks League Section 1 play against none other than defending champion Governor Mifflin, which reached the District 3-AAAA semis last year. That will be followed by a trip to Conrad Weiser, fresh off a victory over defending PIAA-AA champion Wyomissing.
So you can't blame Boone coach Bill Parks and his players for relishing the moment a bit after Friday's 35-7 victory over Owen J. Roberts.
After going 79-28 in nine seasons under coach Dave Bodolus, the Blazers struggled to a 2-8 season last year in the rookie campaign of Parks.
Boone's season didn't exactly begin in auspicious fashion in a Week 1 49-14 loss to Cocalico, but that didn't deter the Blazers — who bounced back in a big way in snapping a four-game losing streak dating back to last season.
"A win always feels good,' Parks said. "The team has been working hard for a long time and they deserved it. It was a good team effort.'
Was it ever.
The Blazers got a 127-yard, three-TD performance from Kyle Myers, while sophomore quarterback Nick Hughes threw for 214 yards and one touchdown.
Myers broke off scoring runs of 23, 51 and 43 yards, while Hughes hooked up with Paul Galanti for a 69-yard TD and also ran for another score.
"Our offensive line improved this week and deserves credit for the way we moved the ball,' Parks said of an effort that saw Boone amass 395 total yards.
Defensively, Parks lauded the effort of safety Xavier Smith (nine tackles) and fellow defensive back Tom Pufnock (six tackles) along with linebacker Jon Passifione.
"We limited the mental mistakes, and we tackled much better,' Parks said. "Our defense came up with big stops when they got near or in the red zone.'
The Blazers' defense will no doubt be put to the test over the next three weeks.
For now, though, no one should fault Parks and his pigskin pupils for enjoying the sweet taste of success after an eye-opening victory.
JUST FOR KICKS
Perkiomen Valley's Matt Genuardi and Methacton's Taylor LeSage completed a daily double of sorts Friday, seeing action in the scoreless boys soccer game between the Vikings and Warriors as well as Perkiomen Valley's 44-7 football victory. Genaurdi banged home a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the first half and also converted four extra points. LeSage, who made five saves in the soccer game, hit the point after on Methacton's lone TD.
AROUND THE AREA
Boyertown's average of 53.5 points per game ranks first in District 1 and sixth in the state. ... Pottsgrove remains at No. 9 in the Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA rankings after Saturday's 53-14 victory over Pope John Paul II. ... The 90-yard fumble recovery touchdown by Owen J. Roberts' Kolten Hainsey in Friday's 35-7 loss to Daniel Boone was the second-longest in the state, according to PFN, to the 97-yarder of York Catholic's Hakeem Kinard.
DISTRICT 1 DOINGS
Junior D'Andre Pollard ran for 142 yards and three TDs and University of Connecticut-bound lineman Luke Carrezola led a defense that pitched it second straight shutout as Neshaminy routed Downingtown West 39-0 Friday. The Redskins are ranked No. 6 in Class AAA in the PFN poll. ... Jhaloni Johnson of Springfield (Montco) had a 102-yard interception return in Saturday's 29-7 win over Neumann-Goretti. ... Former Pottstown head coach Rick Daniels is in his seventh year as the assistant head coach at Downingtown East, which is off to a 2-0 start.
Ronald Brown of University Prep (Pittsburgh) threw for 468 yards and six touchdowns in Friday's 42-24 win over Shenandoah Valley, with teammate Marcus Johnson collecting 264 receiving yards and four TDs. ... Braden Fochtman of Berlin Brothersvalley rushed for 352 yards in Friday's 28-14 win over Portage. ... St. Joseph's Prep (1-1) remains the top-ranked team in the PFN Class AAAA poll despite falling 42-0 to Don Bosco Prep (N.J.). Defending District 1-AAAA champ Coatesville (2-0) is No. 2.
In a battle of the top two ranked teams in the country by MaxPreps, No. 1 Booker T. Washington defeated No. 2 Miami Central Friday. ... McClane Carter of Salado (Texas) threw for 613 yards (and eight TDs) in Friday's 75-67 loss to Lorena, the fourth-best passing performance in Texas history. Mike Richardson of Marble Falls set the record last year with 724 yards. ... Shuler Bentley of Byrnes (South Carolina) tossed a state-record nine touchdown passes in Friday's 82-49 win over Woodruff. ... Duchesne (Utah) set a new state record with its 37th victory in a row in Friday's 35-0 win over Carbon.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jarred Jones, Spring-Ford
Senior running back ran for 179 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries to help the Rams deafeat Southern (Philadelphia) 34-0 and bounce back from a season-opening defeat to Whitehall.
COACH OF THE WEEK
Bill Parks, Daniel Boone
The second-year coach guided the Blazers to a 35-7 victory over Owen J. Roberts that snapped a four-game losing streak dating back to last season.
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