File photo by Lori PoteetKaleb Swick and South had it slip through their hands
File photo by Lori Poteet

Kaleb Swick and South had it slip through their hands
The Mounties entered their homecoming game with Western Boone hoping to knock off one of the Sagamore Athletic Conference leaders. The Stars, however, showed why they've received statewide recognition with a 54-22 win.

Western Boone (6-0, 4-0 SAC) would waste no time scoring. Starting their first drive at their own 47-yard line, they marched 53-yards, in six plays, capped off by a Zach Martin 33-yard run to make it 7-0.

Their next drive started at their own 10-yard line. Senior Riggs Baxter took the first hand-off around the right end, and raced 90-yards to pay dirt, and the Stars led 14-0.

The Mounties (2-4, 1-3 SAC) would respond. Senior quarterback Mitch Dehne found sophomore Kaleb Swick, on the fifth play of the drive, down the right sideline for the 33-yard touchdown, and the Mounties pulled within seven.

The Stars would capitalize on a Mountie fumble midway through the second quarter. They needed just three plays, to score as Zach Martin found the endzone from 35-yards out, his second of the half, and the Stars stretched their lead to 21-7.

They would score their final points in the half thanks to an interception. Taking over at their 16-yard line, freshman quarterback Jack Gilliam, filling in for the injured Nathaniel Bye, found Riggs Baxter from seven yards out.

The Mounties took just over a minute to score their second touchdown. They went on a 7-play drive, capped off by a Nathaniel Farrabee 1-yard touchdown run. The drive was highlighted by Dehne's 30-yard pass to Jarrett Todd down to the Western Boone 1-yard line on a fourth-and-nine play. Dehne would finish the first half with 163-yards passing. His favorite target was Swick who had four catches for 87 yards.

The Mounties committed three first half turnovers that the Stars turned into 14 points. Western Boone only had one first half turnover, an interception by Todd.

"It just came down to turnovers in the first half. We were able to move the ball, and we were able to throw it," said Coach Hannum. "We threw the ball, in the first half, more out of necessity than anything. Their front line did a great job against the run, and we weren't able to run it and control the clock like we wanted too."

The third quarter belonged to Western Boone. They'd score three touchdowns in the quarter. Baxter on a 64-yard run. Gilliam would find Clay Biesecker and Kaleb McCloskey for the other Western Boone touchdowns.

Southmont would tack on another touchdown late. Antonio Burks raced around the right edge for 41-yards and the score. Tyler Rosas would run in for the 2-point conversion to complete the scoring.

The Mounties will look to get back to their brand of football as they travel to Danville next Friday night.