Win could prove costly as Brandon Ulmer leaves with injury in first quarter.
The Bearcat defense was dominant on a night Booneville's field was officially named for former head coach Doug Scheel, shutting out the Clarksville Panthers, 30-0 on a humid night in Booneville.
Allowing only five first downs, the defense got interceptions from Michael Hesson, after a tip by Gabe Fennell, and Dalton Tatum on a diving catch. Anthony McKesson forced a pair of fumbles that Ian Suttles and Jeremy Elliott recovered. Noah Reyes also came up with a fumble recovery.
The unit was also responsible for points as Cam Brasher dropped Nicolas Buckner deep in the end zone for a safety that would set the eventual final at 30-0.
There were also a pair of sacks among the 14 total tackles for loss as Clarksville (0-1) managed a mere 106 yards out of their single wing attack.
Offensively the Bearcats (1-0) were dominant was well, piling up 351 yards, all on the ground, despite the loss of starting quarterback Brandon Ulmer in the opening quarter.
Carson Ray led the way with 14 carries for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Michael Hesson picked up 94 yards on seven carries with a touchdown and Ethan Dobbs had a single carry that went 42 yards for a score.
There were 10 ball carriers for the Bearcats.
Gavin Kent was also a perfect 4-of-4 on point after tries.