Turning the football over three times, the Booneville Bearcats were their own worst enemy in the first half Friday night at Bearcat Stadium.
Nonetheless, the Bearcats owned a 21-3 lead over (Charleston 4-4, 2-3 Conference 3A-1) and were on their way to a 42-3 win over the Tigers.
A 70-yard run by Andrew Robertson got the Bearcats (8-0, 5-0) started, but a fumble led to a 35-yard Joshua Taggart field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.
Evan Schlinker threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Hesson and Robertson ran for his second score and it was 21-3 with 7:12 left in the first half.
Robertson finished the night with 126 yards on eight carries.
Although the Bearcats continued to move the ball consistently – Booneville had 357 yards of offense in the first half – the lead would not grow until 6:23 remained in the third quarter.
Robertson caused and recovered a fumble on a sack of Braden Ross at the Tiger 11-yard line to set up an 11-yard Carson Ray touchdown that made it 27-3 and Hesson’s second touchdown, this one on the ground made it 35-3 with 10:59 to play.
Ray led the Bearcats with 139 yards on 18 carries and Hesson had 100 on 14 carries to go along with 33 yards receiving for an offense that gained 521 yards.
Ethan Dobbs, who had a pass ruled incomplete in the end zone in the second quarter, would return an interception of a Ross pass 36 yards for a touchdown with 10:44 to play to make it 42-3.
Ross was 9-of-24 on the night for 70 yards but the Tigers had minus 27 yards rushing for a net of 43 yards of total offense.
Magazine 40 Westside Johnson County 6
The Magazine Rattlers (4-3, 3-1 Conference 2A-4) celebrated homecoming with a 40-6 win over the Johnson County Westside.
Xeng Yang and Caleb Hyatt touchdowns on runs of 14 and 5 yards staked the Rattlers to a 12-0 lead before Westside scored its lone points through the air.
Kobe Faughn scored both a touchdown on a run of 8 yards and added a 2-point conversion run and Hyatt scored for the second time, which was followed by a conversion run by Tsim Neeg Vang, and it was 28-6 at the half.
Luke Short ran for a third quarter touchdown and Jacob Hall recovered a fumble in the end zone for another Rattler score to make it 40-6.