BOONVILLE -- When the Blair Oaks offense had the football, the Falcons found the end zone.
Every. Single. Possession.
Blair Oaks had the ball for eight drives, each resulting in a touchdown Friday night. The Falcons ran all over the Boonville Pirates, accumulating 25 first downs on 50 offensive plays that led to a 56-27 victory in Tri-County Conference play at Gene Reagan Field.
“The thing that I was most pleased with is we had the ball eight possessions and we only threw the ball seven times,” Blair Oaks coach Ted LePage said. “For us, and the way we run our offense, that’s unheard of. But we were getting 8 or 12 (yards) a pop.”
Blair Oaks had three 100-yard rushers in the win. Quarterback Tyler Bax finished with 18 carries for 169 yards, followed by running back Eli Luckett with 13 carries for 137 yards. Hayden Lackman reached the century mark on his final carry, totaling 100 yards on just eight attempts.
“You have to look at our offensive line,” LePage said. “That’s dominant.”
Boonville received the opening kick and fumbled on its first possession, with Bryson Varner of Blair Oaks recovering the loose ball at the Falcon 42-yard line. It was the only takeaway by either team.
Blair Oaks started its efficient offensive performance with a six-play, 58-yard drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Luckett. Nolan Laughlin added his first of eight successful extra-point attempts to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead four minutes into the game.
Boonville answered on its next offensive play. Quarterback Evan Bishop dumped a short pass to Dakota Troost, who used his speed to get through the Blair Oaks secondary for a 68-yard touchdown reception. Ross Brackman made the extra point to tie the game at 7.
The Pirates went with an onside kick. They recovered three of their five onside tries, but this extra possession ended with a punt.
“The only issue I had was with the three onside kicks they got,” LePage said. “I’ve never seen that in a high school football game. … They onside kick well and they’ve gotten them a lot.”
Following the punt, Blair Oaks went 98 yards on 11 plays, ending with a 10-yard touchdown run by Jace Rackers to make the score 14-7 late in the first quarter.
Boonville had a six-plus-minute possession end in a turnover on downs, then the Falcons scored again on a 5-yard run by Luckett.
Blair Oaks possessed the ball for less than two minutes in the second quarter. Boonville ran out the clock, scoring on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Bishop to Dakota Williams with :20 left until halftime. That trimmed the Falcons’ lead to 21-14 at intermission.
Blair Oaks scored four times in the fourth quarter, starting with a 2-yard run by Bax for a score. Luckett had a 17-yard touchdown run, then Bax scored again on runs of 1 and 11 yards. Bax’s last score came on the final play of the third quarter, giving the Falcons a 49-21 lead.
Troost led the Boonville offense with nine catches for 223 yards. He caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on the Pirates’ second play of the second half, then he caught his third touchdown pass on the first offensive play of the fourth quarter, a 27-yard strike from Bishop.
“It’s hard to be upset with our effort tonight,” LePage said. “Our effort was good. They have a phenomenal player, we knew that. He caught the ball and did great things with it.”
Luckett scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 37-yard carry with 5:20 to play in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons a four-touchdown victory.
Bax finished 6-of-7 passing for 74 yards.
Bishop completed 15-of-30 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Pirate offense. Running back Eli Stock had 30 carries for 80 yards.
Boonville (1-4, 0-3 Tri-County) plays next Friday at California (3-2). The Pintos are coming off a 17-14 victory at School of the Osage for their first conference victory of the season.
Blair Oaks (4-1, 3-0 Tri-County), ranked No. 1 in Class 3 in the Missouri Media Rankings, will take a break from conference play next Friday. The Falcons will host Kansas Class 5A Seaman of Topeka. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Falcon Athletic Complex.
Seaman dropped to 2-2 with Friday’s 28-21 loss to Lansing, Kan.
“We’ve got a chance next week to play a really, really good 5A team out of Kansas,” LePage said. “We’ve got a chance to get a week better.”