Pioneers control 2nd half in 19-6 Big 8 clash
Lincoln and Boonville both struggled to find any traction on offense in the first half Friday, but the Pioneers didn’t find nearly as much resistance after intermission.
Devin Mockobee had over 150 of his 188 rushing yards in the second half, which included three scores, and Boonville took the early-season Big Eight Conference clash, 19-6, at Inman Field.
The Alices (1-1, 0-1 Big Eight) never got their running game going, finishing with just 28 yards on 20 carries, which included five sacks by Boonville’s defense. Coleton Pfoff was much improved in his second start, completing 10-of-18 for 125 yards, including a 65-yard bomb in the third quarter to Torrence Gillis which immediately answered the Pioneers’ opening score.
Boonville possessed the ball for nearly 19 minutes in the second half and started at the 50 or in Lincoln territory three times. Quarterback Jackson Phillips added to the Pioneers attack with 73 yards on 12 carries
“They’re a big, physical team, and they kind of wore us down,” Lincoln coach Levi Salters said. “That’s what happens when you can’t get anything going on offense. We had stuff there, but we didn’t take advantage. We couldn’t move the ball effectively, and they kind of wore us down.”
After a scoreless first half, Lincoln got possession, but went three-and-out. Boonville started at its own 44 and needed just eight plays, the big one a 23-yard romp by Mockobee, and he ran it in from 4 yards out with 6:10 showing.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Pfoff found Gillis, who outran the defense for a lengthy score. Boonville’s extra point was blocked, and Lincoln fumbled its 2-point try, so it was 6-6, with 5:59 to go in the quarter.
Neither team scored on their next try, but the Pioneers took over early in the fourth at the Lincoln 31, and on the fourth play Mockobee ran 16 yards for a score. His conversion run failed, and it was 12-6 with 9:22 to go.
After another three-and-out, Boonville took possession at its own 43, and a Phillips 34-yard run set up a 3-yard score by Mockobee to ice it with 5:33 to go. The extra point by Jake Rohrscheib made it 19-6.
“(Mockobee) runs hard. He’s a good running back, and we knew that. Phillips is good too, and they’re big up front,” Salters said. “They just wore us down. We didn't [play bad defensively at all. We just couldn’t string anything together on offense. Our execution has to get better, and we’ll figure out what we need to do to get some consistency.”
Neither team found much offense in the first half either. Lincoln’s defense thwarted a pair of Boonville opportunities, but it was the Alices that squandered the first scoring chance.
After the Pioneers fumbled on their third play from scrimmage, Julius Hardiman recovered and set Lincoln up at the Boonville 38. The Alices converted a key fourth-down conversion on a 9-yard pass from Pfoff to Gillis, but they turned it over on downs at the 23.
On Boonville’s next possession, Phillips faked a run, and instead dumped it off to a wide open Nick Wilkinson, who took it 50 yards down to the Lincoln 30. But the Alices defense tightened, aided by a false start and a Rae Haislip sack, and took back over on downs after the first play of the second quarter.
The Pioneers took over in Lincoln territory two more times, the last time at the 26 with 3:34 to go in the half. A holding penalty negated a Mockobee 12-yard touchdown run, and two plays later Phillips was called for intentional grounding, backing Boonville up to the 17. Phillips’ fourth-down attempt on the next play sailed through the end zone, and Lincoln took a knee to run out the final 10 seconds.
Lincoln had just 44 yards of offense in the opening two periods, while Boonville put up 109 and doubled-up the Alices’ first-down total with six.
The Alices make the long trek to Floyd Central next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. start.
BOONVILLE 19, LINCOLN 6
First downs |16 |6
Rushes-yards |41-259 |20-28
Passing (C-A-I) |9-16-0 |11-20-0
Passing yards |83 |155
Total yards |342 |183
Punts-avg. |2-31.5 |5-25.2
Fumbles-lost |1-1 |0-0
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Boonville |0-0-6-13 — 19
Lincoln |0-0-6-0 — 6
B — Devin Mockobee 4 run (kick blocked) 6:13 3rd qtr.
L — Torrence Gillis 65 pass from Coleton Pfoff (run failed) 5:59 3rd qtr.
B — Mockobee 16 run (run failed) 9:22 4th qtr.
B — Mockobee 3 run (Jake Rohrscheib kick) 5:33 4th qtr.
RUSHING — BOONVILLE: Mockobee 25-188 (3 TDs), Jackson Phillips 12-73, Reed Overton 1-2, Colin Wolfe 3-(-4). LINCOLN: Rae Haislip 7-15, Julius Hardiman 2-8, Favian Hernandez 1-3, Coleton Pfoff 10-2.
PASSING — BOONVILLE: Phillips 9-16-0, 83. LINCOLN: Pfoff 10-18-0, 125; E Smith 1-1-0, 30; Blake Mincey 0-1-0, 0.
RECEIVING — BOONVILLE: Nick Wilkinson 3-53, Mockobee 2-31, Skyler Rudisill 1-5, Tyler Scarbrough 1-1, Overton 1-(-3), Wolfe 1-(-4). LINCOLN: Gillis 5-119, Smith 2-16, Baron Vieck 2-10, Hernandez 1-5, Simon York 1-5.