Photo by Lori PoteetWestern Boone came back and held on as Kobi Wray and North couldn’t recover.
Photo by Lori Poteet

Western Boone came back and held on as Kobi Wray and North couldn’t recover.
LINDEN -- It's win or go home time in high school football and sectional 29 featured a great game in the first round between North Montgomery and Western Boone. The game was close from start to finish.

The Chargers were in control for most of the game. Western Boone led for only four minutes and 52 seconds. It happened in the forth quarter and the Stars never looked back. They took a 27-26 lead over the Chargers with 4:52 left in the game and won by that exact score.

"It's live or die and it didn't matter who we played," Western Boone head coach Justin Pelley said. "When you are in the tournament it's fight and live to see another day."

"I thought the kids played really well. I'm proud of them. Proud of their effort. It was a dog fight tonight and they were in it till the end" Charger head coach Josh Thompson told The Paper.

Western Boone started the game with the ball. Their first play was a 5-yard run by junior quarterback Nathaniel Bye. Bye was injured that last time these two teams played earlier this year. On the next play Bye dropped back and was picked off by sophomore Ben Dugard. The Chargers took over on the Stars 28. They had a five-play drive that was capped off by a 3-yard run by junior quarterback Baylee Adams.

The two teams keep going back and forth scoring touchdown after touchdown. It took one play for the momentum to completely swing in favor of the Stars. It was on a 68-yard rush where Martin made many Chargers miss and scored.

With 7:07 left on the clock and the Chargers leading 26-20, the Stars started on their 13-yard line needing to drive 77 yards to tie the game.

The play that tied the game was a 24-yard pass from Bye to senior running back Riggs Baxter. It was the second time the hooked up on the drive and the second time Bye found Baxter in the end zone. The extra point by junior kicker Bennett Imboden gave the Stars the one point lead.

"I felt pretty confident that our offense would drive the field and leave very little time for them," Thompson said. "I thought we could drive it and just couldn't there at the end."

The Chargers started on their 39. They pounded the ball on the ground for seven straight plays. They were eating up yards and the clock. After an incomplete pass it was third and nine. Western Boone was drawn offside making it third and four, but the Chargers had a false start on the next snap making it third and nine once again.

Adams dropped back and found junior fullback Cole Clore in the flat for seven yards. The whole season for North Montgomery came down to one fourth-and-two play. Adams took the snap ad rolls left. Western Boone brought pressure and hit Adams as he was trying to throw the ball to an open Clore in the flat. The pass landed just short of Clore, falling incomplete turning it over the Stars.

"They got some pressure. Unfortunately we rolled left with a right-handed quarterback. We tried getting the ball to the flat," Thompson said. "They tried and played their butts off."

Next up for Western Boone is Edgewood at home.