The Kirksville Tigers felt like they'd been building toward a successful Friday night result for the last several weeks.
They finally got it.
The Boonville Pirates football team had a tough time against the speed of the Kirksville Tigers Friday night in NCMC action at the BHS Sports Complex in Boonville, and KHS used that speed to race to a 36-7 victory.
"We came out and responded the way i expected us to. Our defense played very well and only allowed them to score once, that was big for us. We still dint put together four full quarters, but we started out with three really good ones," said Kirksville head coach Jeff Jacques.
Although the Pirates entered the game at 2-3 overall compared to 1-4 for Kirksville, the Tigers rolled up over 400 yards in total offense while leading 14-7 at the half and 28-7 after three quarters.
The Tigers took only two plays to get the score on their opening drive while moving the ball 51 yards, which was capped off by a 15-yard run by senior running back Blake Riley with 11:28 left in the first. Meanwhile, after holding Boonville to just five yards on its first drive of the game, Kirksville came back and initiated another scoring drive by moving the ball 50 yards on eight plays for the score on an 8-yard run by senior quarterback Tyler Osborn with 5:32 remaining to extend the lead to 12-0. The Tigers also hit paydirt on the two-point conversion on a 12-yard run by Osborn to make it 14-0.
The Pirates finally got on the board with 53 seconds left in the half when senior quarterback Jacob Francis hooked up with senior tight end Tyler Peterson on a 26-yard pass to cut the lead to 14-7 at the half.
Boonville never got any closer in the second half as Kirksville came out and scored two touchdowns, the first coming on a 64-yard run by Osborn with 6:26 left in the third to go up 20-7. Then, after holding the Pirates to another three and out, the Tigers came back with their fourth touchdown of the ballgame on a 32-yard scoring strike from Osborn to Dillon Wait with 3:14 remaining to push the lead to 26-7. Osborn also scored on the two-point conversion as Kirksville made it 28-7. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, Kirksville tacked on another touchdown with 3:11 left on a 3-yard run by Riley. Osborn then capped off the drive with a two-point conversion to end the scoring.
Osborn led the Tigers with 13 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns while Riley added 21 carries for 97 yards and two scores. Osborn also completed 7-of-11 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown while Makenna Cook was 3-of-5 for 6 yards.
Wait led all receivers in the game for Kirksville with one catch for 32 yards and one touchdown while Kyle Gross added four catches for 25 yards.
"Our offensive line came together and played really well. We were able to get the ball to our playmakers and everyone contributed," said Jacques.
For Boonville, sophomore running back Ezra Perry rushed six times for 13 yards. Senior quarterback Jacob Francis, meanwhile, completed 11 of 23 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown.
Junior Josh Judd led all receivers in the game with five catches for 52 yards while senior tight end Tyler Peterson had three catches for 42 yards and one touchdown.
Kirksville will return home next week when they host Mexico for their 2013 homecoming