Boone Holds off Improved Pioneers


Senior running back Jamaris Burke bursts past the Boone defense.

Savannah Leinbock, Sports Editor

Oak Ridge fell just short of securing its first win Friday at Boone. The Braves held off an improved Pioneer offense, 27-12, on Boone’s homecoming night.

After Boone got on the board first, the Pioneers rallied with a touchdown to make it 10-6. 

Then Oak Ridge suffered a calamity of errors during a series of plays late in the first half. After driving  to the 1-yard line, the Pioneers coughed up possession when quarterback Junior Muratovic appeared to fumble the snap. Boone recovered. A few plays later, the Braves scored on an 85-yard run play right up the gut. The touchdown put Boone ahead 17-6 just moments after it had appeared that Oak Ridge would take the lead.

The Pioneers gave up possession again in the second half when sophomore running back Christopher Torchon was tackled in the backfield and fumbled. 

In the second half, Boone added a touchdown pass and a field goal. The Braves relied heavily on the running game. Meanwhile, the Pioneers found success through the air. Freshman Kameron Davis scored early on a pass to the left side.