A Cyclone flattening… T.A. Dugger lays waste to Boone in middle school action, 54-16

Published 2:16 pm Friday, September 25, 2020

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The visiting Boone Middle School ‘Blazers knew they were in for a long night when two consecutive touches resulted in touchdowns for host T.A. Dugger as the Jr. Cyclones went on to handily defeat the ‘Blazers by a 54-16 score in a steady rain shower throughout.

Jr. Cyclone quarterback Rhett Slagle got things rolling just 17 seconds into the contest as he broke through a huge gap made by the offensive line and outran the Boone defense 58 yards to a score.

Jeriah Griffin took care of the two-point conversion and TAD was off and running leading 8-0.

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Slagle would once again be involved in the next score for the Jr. Cyclones moments later as he found sure-handed Jeremiah Norris for a 40-yard scoring pass.

Caleb Campbell blasted the point-after attempt and the Jr. Cyclones were up 15-0.

Griffin made it 22-0 when he broke to the right of the offensive line and carried the ball into the end zone from 15 yards out as Campbell was true on the PAT.

The Jr. Cyclones kept their foot on the gas scoring almost seemingly at will as Slagle found tight end Ben Adams for a seven-yard scoring toss as Campbell once again did his job to make it 29-0 at the end of the first quarter for TAD.

It didn’t stop there as the Jr. Cyclones extended their lead to 35-0 with 5:09 remaining before the half when Aiden Lingerfelt lugged the ball into the end zone from the three-yard line as the extra point was no good.

Slagle had his hand in his fourth scoring opportunity of the contest as he found Norris again for a 35-yard scoring strike to make it a 41-0 contest as again the PAT was no good for the Jr. Cyclones.

The Blazers finally managed to dent the scoring column as the Boone running back took the ball in from two-yard out and converted the two-point conversion to make it a 41-8 contest with 1:12 remaining before the break.

Not content with the execution of his defense, head coach Brock Pittman sent the offense back out to try and reclaim the score they just gave up.

That scenario worked as Griffen running as fleet-footed as a gazelle rambled 45 yards into the end zone to extend the Jr. Cyclone advantage back to 48-8 as Campbell did his job in collecting the PAT with only 45 seconds remaining in the half.

The ‘Blazers simply wouldn’t quit as they would manage to get the final laugh of the half when they took the ball to the barn on a 55-yard touchdown reception.

When the two-point conversion was good it left the game scoreboard reading 48-16 .

TAD scored their final touchdown in the third quarter as Slagle scampered into the end zone on a short run to extend the lead to the final 54-16 score after the PAT failed.

“We put the emphasis on let’s get on them quick and the kids responded to that and got on them,” said Jr. Cyclone head coach Brock Pittman. “We ran two plays and scored twice right off the bat and our defense played awesome. We got better this week and that is the main thing.”

The Jr. Cyclones will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to take on the Crockett Pioneers on a short turnaround.