BOONVILLE — BOONVILLE – A warm and humid evening and a talented Boonville squad turned out to be more than Washington could overcome as the Hatchets dropped their season opener by a 21-0 to the Pioneers at Bennett Field on Friday.
But despite being shut out by Big 8 Conference foe Boonville (1-0, 1-0), coach Kelly Brashear was not unhappy with his Washington (0-1, 0-1) team following the contest.
“I’m not going to say anything bad because 21-0 … they (Boonville) are not world beaters, but they are a pretty darn decent team, and they have 55-60 kids on their roster,”said Brashear. “We have 33 kids and dressed 22 tonight and basically played 14 all night long.
“I’m proud of that. I’m proud of the kids for not quitting, they kept battling,” said Brashear. “We just made a few physical errors to due to fatigue.”
Though the Hatchets were outgained 398-174 and lost by three touchdowns, the contest was closer than those statistics indicate. WHS trailed 14-0 at halftime but could just as easily have been tied 7-7 heading into the locker room.
Boonville scored on its initial possession of the game when quarterback Ryan Nance drove the Pioneers 96 yards in 15 plays. That drive which ended with a six-yard scoring run by Austin Castleman on the first play from scrimmage in the second quarter. Luke Parker’s extra point gave Boonville a 7-0 lead.
Washington drove the ball into Boonville territory on its first possession only to see the drive stall out before getting a 32-yard coffin corner punt from Max Lancaster. The Hatchets’ second possession after the Castleman touchdown also resulted in a punt, but WHS got its first break of the game on the next Boonville possession.
On that possession, Hatchet defensive lineman James Sidebottom recovered a Pioneer fumble at the Boonville 37 with 6:40 left in the half. Runs of 22 and 10 yards by Dalton Devine sandwiched around a four-yard carry by Edrwin Revolorio set up Washington with a first and goal at the Boonville one. But fumbles on the next two Hatchets snaps, with Boonville recovering the latter fumble, snuffed out the WHS scoring chance.