Charlie Cole powers Daniel Boone over Tennessee High
BY COLLIN BROOKS
The Daniel Boone Trailblazers had a game plan heading into their first conference matchup of the season.
But then sophomore running back Charlie Cole hit the ground in stride, using his unique combination of size and speed to barrel through Tennessee High and give the Blazers a 42-10 win on Friday night.
Cole - who is returning from the first 1,000-yard rushing season for a freshman at Daniel Boone - carried the ball 21 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard touchdown in which he ran through, pushed down and then outran multiple Viking defenders.
“We wanted to work some stuff on our passing game, because we know, but they were loading the box and we were getting four and five yards a wack so we just kept handing it in there and our offensive line just kept getting a good surge,” Daniel Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said. “They set the tone and when our five guys up front set the tone, we are really hard to beat."
But a big postgame smile from Jenkins at the mention of Cole’s name was another notation of just how impressive Cole’s performance was viewed.
“Everybody talks about wow and how his power is, but you know with him, if he gets a step, he has really worked hard on his speed and he is just a phenomenal talent that is just going to get better and better. And he makes us all better.
“You know Mason (Mounger) ran hard tonight, CJ (Carter) ran hard tonight and Noah (Shelton) played great, our offensive line, it just gets us all clicking.”
The Blazers, who were in a rare all-black uniform got solid performances from Shelton, who added 98 yards on the ground on 12 carries and two touchdowns, and Mounger, who added 70 yards on 10 carries.
But Cole was the bell-cow for the Blazers, although he was the first to admit that the credit deserved to be upfront.
“With the offensive line blocking really well tonight and Noah reading the blocks really well, the holes just opened up tremendously well,” Cole said. “We’ve got Isaiah Quaintance, Jeremiah Sullivan, Bailey Presnell and Drew Thompson and Walker Burleson on the line, so I am confident in them leading the way."
Cole, whose frame is more mature than many sophomores - or even seniors for that matter - seemed to run with an anger against the VIkings, but after the game he was all smiles.
“It’s not more of an anger, I just need to live up to what I’m worth,” Cole said. “I need to lead my team every down.”
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The tone was set early as Cole rumbled 45 yards to score off a drive where the Blazers ran three straight running plays, two for Cole, to make the score 7-0 with 11:11 remaining in the first quarter.
Shelton found the end zone next as he scampered from 24 yards out to answer a Tennessee High field goal and make the score 14-3. Shelton scored again as he shoulder-rolled into the end zone to give the Blazers a 21-3 lead.
The next to find paydirt was Carter, who found the end zone from a yard-out with just under six minutes left before halftime, helping the Blazers carry a 28-3 lead into the locker room.
The Vikings were led Courtland Carter who carried the ball 12 times for 50 yards and a touchdown and also had 136 yards on 6-for-11 passing. He split time as signal caller with Tan Overbay who was 6-for-11 for 50 yards. The Vikings mustered just 80 yards on the ground.
“Our offensive again, led by Bailey (Presnell), did a great job for us and our quarterback (Noah Shelton) got us in and out of some things,” Jenkins said. “But you know, tonight, you make your most improvement from game one to game two and we were really a different football team tonight.”
Jenkins said he was proud of the Blazers because they played physical and the coaches had a great game plan.
“We really changed our kids in the off week for our offensive line to take control of the line of scrimmage,” Jenkins said.
He also noted that the defense improved after a challenge the coaching staff issued.
“We really didn’t play well the first game defensively and we harped on that all week, especially up front,” he said. “And I thought we played about as good as we could play defensively, especially at the line of scrimmage.
The Blazers held the Vikings to 80 yards on the ground, while Boone racked up 385.
Going forward, the Blazers will continue to play with the chip on their shoulder that they had on Friday night.
“We play with a little bit of a chip on our shoulder,” Jenkins said. “We are no where near where we need to be. We have a tough stretch coming up and this gets us off to a good start in our conference, being 1-0.”