UNION — Before its homecoming game against Twin Valley, Daniel Boone head coach Bill Parks set a goal for his team ' play hard and reward the scout team players with a shot under the Friday night lights.
After a penalty-plagued first half, the Daniel Boone players heeded their coach's word, as they went on to score 28 unanswered points behind Kyle Myers' 217 yards rushing and three touchdowns in a 40-14 victory over the Raiders.
"(Myers) is an incredible football player and he carried us tonight,' Parks said.
Penalties had overshadowed Myers' early performance as the first half was marred with 15 penalties, making the sight of yellow become an all-too-familiar sight for both teams.
"It just killed the momentum,' Parks said. "We started off strong, we punched the ball in, we played real good defense and then the penalties started coming in. We have to do a better job staying disciplined in those situations and not letting the officiating, the other team or anything like that take us out of our game.'
"A little bit frustrating when you get penalties called back but you can't just knock yourself for it,' Myers said. "You just got to go back at it and keep on doing the same thing.'
Myers stayed true to his word.
The shifty back, who broke off runs of 79 yards and 73 yards for two of his scores, wasted no time in getting the Blazers on the board as he took a toss sweep and broke down the right sideline to give Daniel Boone a 6-0 lead four minutes into the game.
The Blazers defense, feeding off the early-game momentum, then capitalized on early pressure as Daniel Boone's Shayne Bookwalter intercepted a pass from Twin Valley quarterback Alec Ranck on the Raiders' next possession, setting up the Blazers with more than adequate field possession.
It took the Blazers a little under four minutes to give themselves a 12-0 lead as the team went on a 5-play, 35-yard drive, culminating in a Nick Hughes 11-yard quarterback-keeper for the score.
With the 12-point advantage keeping the Blazers faithful rowdy, Twin Valley began to make some noise as a Zach Weber 24-yard punt return set up the Raiders with their best field position of the half. With the ball at the Daniel Boone 18 yard line, the Raiders' punched the ball in as Tommy Rigg caught an 18-yard pass from Ranck to cut the deficit to 12-7 with four minutes remaining in the second quarter.
Two minutes later, Hughes was pressured, forcing him to throw a low pass that was batted at the line and intercepted by defensive tackle Ben Green who then rumbled down to the Daniel Boone three-yard line, setting up a late score to give the Raiders a 14-12 lead heading into the half.
Facing a Raider team that was eager to quell the enthusiasm from the homecoming festivities, Daniel Boone came out of the second half ablaze, piling on 28 unanswered points, stunning the Twin Valley student section and ending the hope of their first win since a 21-0 win against Reading on Oct. 28, 2011.
"We were fighting each other a lot,' Myers said. "We were a little bit weary in the beginning. We went in there at halftime, made some adjustments and we came out and played a stronger second half together.'
The Blazers scored on three of their four possessions in the second half while the defense also got in on the scoring frenzy as Xavier Smith scooped up a fumble and ran 25 yards to put the Blazers up 26-14 with four minutes remaining in the third.
Myers finished off the scoring for the Blazers as the back racked up 125 yards on ten carries in the second half, scoring two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter ' one coming off a 18-yard sweep, the other a 73-yard sprint down the left sideline to seal the outcome.
"A lot came from my lineman. My tackles did a really great job,' Myers said. "Connor Johnson and Dylan Marquette really stepped it up, really sealed the edge. I couldn't have done it without them. I make the cuts and I run the ball but if they don't start blocking up front then I don't have anything. Once I hit that second level I knew I just had the turn the jets on and I got it. "
Boasting a 40-14 lead, the Blazers' second squad got to see action on Friday night, as James Morta batted away two straight passes to halt a late touchdown threat by the Raiders.
"It's awesome to see the kids work hard all the time,' Parks said. "They put in the time and the effort in practice and on the scout teams to get that opportunity and that reward.'
The Blazers will look to win two in a row for the first time since last season as they travel to Pottsville next week. The last time Daniel Boone won two straight was against the same two teams, Twin Valley and Pottsville, on Oct. 5 and Oct. 12.
Despite holding a 14-12 advantage at the half, Twin Valley had only 56 yards of total offense. The Raiders finished the game 114 yards of total offense while the Blazers finished with 376. Both teams combined for 211 penalty yards on 23 penalties. The Blazers went 2-for-5 on PAT's. Paul Galanti led all receivers with four receptions for 33 yards. Hughes finished the game 9-of-15 for 63 yards and one touchdown.
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Daniel Boone 40
Twin Valley 14
Twin Valley 0 14 0 0 — 14
Daniel Boone 12 0 14 14 — 40
DB-Myers 79-run (Kick No Good)
DB-Hughes 11-run (Kick Blocked)
TV-Rigg 18-pass from Ranck (Beebe Kick)
TV-Ranck 3-run (Beebe Kick)
DB-Smith 12-run (Two-pt Good)
DB-Smith 27-fumble recover (Kick blocked)
DB-Myers 18-run (Kresge kick)
DB-Myers 73-run (Kresge kick)
First Downs 11 15
Rushing yards 53 313
Passing yards 61 63
Total yards 114 376
Passes C-A-I 4-17-2 8-14-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-2
Penalties-Yards 11-91 12-120
Punts-Avg. 5-37.8 3-28
Twin Valley: Ziegler, 9-39; Ranck, 10-28, 1 TD; Lennon, 1-6; Techman, 1-4; Carsley, 1-4; Abbadudsky, 4-2; Fusco, 1-2.
Daniel Boone: Myers, 19-231 3 TDs; Hughes, 5-40; Galanti, 4-28; Smith, 5-16; Passifione, 2-13.
Twin Valley: Ranck, 4-16-61, 1 TD, 2 INTs; Goebel, 0-1-0.
Daniel Boone: Hughes, 8-14-63, 1 TD, INT.
Twin Valley: Rigg, 2-21, 1 TD; Lill, 1-34; Fusco, 1-6.
Daniel Boone: Galanti, 4-34, 1 TD; Smith, 2-20; Ramsey 1-6; Myers 1-3.
Interceptions: TV- Green; DB- Bookwalter, Ford.
Sacks: DB- Hinton, Ramsey, Marquette