In the first half, Boone built a 21-0 lead on the shoulders of senior Tanner Schminke’s excellent decision making. A Schminke rushing touchdown in the first quarter was the first score of the night making it 7-0 in favor of the Toreadors.
The defense made DCG struggle offensively as they held them to 154 total yards. The Toreador offense had the ball back in no time. Their next score would be off of a spectacular run by junior John Herrick. He managed to break two tackles and plow his way to the endzone for a receiving touchdown.
On their next possession, Schminke hit junior Mason Hulse on a beautifully executed wheel route for another score. That made the score 21-0.
Special teams played a crucial role as the Toreadors stuffed two DCG field goal attempts. The first was pushed wide right and the second was a botched snap. Junior Damon Clapper was forced to run around the outside and was stopped outside the endzone to end the half. The halftime score was 21-0 in favor of Boone.
In the second half, the Mustangs mounted a comeback. They managed to cut the lead to 14 on a connection from Clapper to senior Trey Washington.
The Toreador offense had some trouble and committed two turnovers giving the Mustangs tremendous field position. Late in the game, Washington reeled in another touchdown and cut the deficit to 7.
Boone would recover the onside kick and force DCG to burn their timeouts, but had to punt back to them with two minutes remaining. The Boone defense made their final stand and deflected a hail mary as time expired. Senior Elijah Johnson was the defensive standout as he finished with 15.0 tackles, 5.0 sacks, and a forced fumble.
Boone is 7-1 and travels to Webster City in hopes of securing the outright district two title. Webster City is riding a five game winning streak and has accumulated 3,100 rushing yards as a team this season.Their ground game should give the Toreadors all they can handle. Kickoff is on Friday at 7:30.