Senior quarterback Kameron Schwartz threw for 280 passing yards and three touchdowns to help the Boone County Rebels cruise past the Cooper Jaguars 35-14 on Friday night at Owen Hauck Stadium.
The Rebels racked up 381 yards on offense leading to five touchdowns in the game. Boone County was also strong on the defensive end of the ball, forcing three turnovers in the second half.
"We've shown the ability to take what the defense is giving us and be able to execute and make plays," Boone County head coach Rick Thompson said of the offense. "The strength of Cooper's defense is their defensive front, those kids play hard and they're strong and they do a good job, but at the same token we felt like we could make some plays in the passing game and we were able to do that."
Senior Cody Rodriguez helped put the Rebels on the board with a 9-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter. Boone missed the two-point conversion and the score stayed at 6-0.
After forcing the Jags to go three-and-out on the following drive, the Rebels struck the end zone again. Schwartz connected with senior receiver Austin Howell for a 73-yard touchdown. Boone converted the two-point conversion to take a 14-0 lead.
--Boone County: Bryson Thompson RuTD
--Cooper: Tyler Morris PaTD
--Boone County: Rodriguez Adds To Lead
--Boone County: D Forces Fumble
Cooper answered late in the second quarter on a 30-yard pass from junior quarterback Tyler Morris to sophomore receiver Tanner Kissel to cut the Rebels lead to 14-7.
Boone County's defense came alive in the third quarter of play. They forced a three-and-out on Cooper's first drive of the second half giving the offense a chance to put more points up on the scoreboard.
The Rebels capitalized and scored on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Schwartz to Howell on the following drive. It was the second time the two hooked up for a touchdown in the game. The score increased Boone's lead to 21-7 with 7:55 to play in the third quarter.
Cooper struggled on their second drive of the half as Boone Co. senior defensive back Denzel Cain intercepted Morris on the Jaguar's 31-yard line. The takeaway led to Rodriguez second rushing touchdown and the Rebels jumped out to a 28-7 advantage. Boone County's defense forced and interception and two fumbles in the second half.
"Are defense has done a pretty good job we're not very big, but we're pretty quick," Thompson said. "The kids have just done a good job of executing and we've made some changes on what we've done traditionally on defense and the kids have really picked up on it. It's allowing them to fly around and make plays."
Both teams scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it a 35-14 affair. Howell finished the game with 132 receiving yards and two touchdown catches. Schwartz threw for three touchdowns on 13 completed passes in the game.
The victory over the Jaguars gives the Rebels a 3-0 start to the 2011 season. Thompson isn't concerned with records as of now; his focus is on the their next challenge.
"It says we won the first three games and it won't mean anything next week," Thompson said of his team's 3-0 start. "We have to get ready to play Covington Catholic and they're an awfully good football team. We're going to find out where we're at because they're going to test us."
The Rebels will host Covington Catholic (2-0) on Sep. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Cooper (0-3) will host Campbell County High School (0-3) on Sep. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
*Written by: Mike Collins, TriStateFootball.com