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Late score puts Boyd on top
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Boyd beats Basin 14-7
by Danny Rogers

A large and enthusiastic homecoming crowd saw the Copper Basin Cougars play the Boyd Buchanan Buccaneers even for almost four quarters before succumbing to the Bucs 14-7 thanks to a 63 yard run by Boyd’s Austin Jackson which set up the winning score which came with just 3:43 left in the game. Jackson, who proved to be a real load for the Cougar defense, finished the game with 179 yards rushing on 16 attempts. All in all, the Bucs rushed for 263 yards, but could manage only 27 yards passing thanks largely to the alert secondary play of Trevor Jones who made a circus interception of one Buc pass to prevent a touchdown and broke up 2 other long attempts which would have more than likely resulted in long gains for Boyd. Meanwhile, the Cougar offense was almost matching the output of the Boyd offense as the Cougars had 12 first downs to Boyd’s 8 and had total offense of 250 yards to Boyd’s 290. Denzel Brown led the Basin ground game with 113 yards rushing on 21 attempts, but it was a 20 yard Jackson Ledford to Aaron English pass which resulted in the only score of the night for the Cougars. This Friday the Cougars will entertain senior night in which seniors who are participating in football, cheerleading and band will be honored in ceremonies in the game with Lookout Valley.
Basin received the opening kickoff but could not move the ball. Boyd Began their first drive from their own 29 with a 16 yard run by Jackson. Two plays later quarterback Jim Cardwell broke loose for a 32 yard which gave the Bucs a first down at the Basin 19. At this point the Cougar defense stiffened and after an incomplete pass, Jackson was thrown for a 4 yard loss. After a false start penalty moved the ball back to the 28, Cardwell’s pass to the 1 yard line was picked off by a leaping Trevor Jones to end the threat. Brown ran for a fist down at the 13, but two plays later the Cougars coughed up the ball and Boyd recovered to gain possession at the Basin 15. Six plays latter Cardwell scampered into the end zone and with 2:20 left in the first quarter the PAT made the score 7-0 Boyd.
On its next possession Basin had a drive from its own 38 end at the Boyd 45 and the Cougars were forced to punt. Boyd came back with a promising drive of its own from its own 34 to the Basin 27. But a fourth down pass was broken up by Trevor Jones and the Cougars book possession on their own 27. The Cougars proceeded to drive 73 yards in 11 plays for the tying touchdown and Denzel Brown carried the load as he ground out 29 of those yards on 5 rushes giving Basin a first down at the 26. Quantavious Brown gained 6 on first down and then Ledford spotted English open down the middle and hit him with a perfect pass for the score. With the PAT the score was tied at 7 with 34 seconds left in the half. The half ended with that score on the board.
Boyd took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Basin 25 yard line. But on fourth down, their field goal attempt was wide left and Basin took possession at their own 20. The Cougars then launched an impressive 17 play, 65 yard drive which carried into the fourth quarter, but unfortunately did not come to fruition as the Cougars lost the ball on downs on the Boyd 15 yard line. After an exchange of punts, Boyd took possession of the ball at their own 31, and after 3 plays from scrimmage faced a fourth down and 6 at their own 35 yard line. Boyd opted to go for the first down in their own territory and the gamble paid off as Jackson burst through a big hole and raced through the Basin secondary all the way to the Cougar 2 yard line. Brown managed to catch Jackson from behind to temporarily save the touchdown but 2 plays later Jackson finished the drive with the go-ahead touchdown with 3:43 left in the game. The PAT made the score 14-7 Boyd. On the ensuing kickoff Basin was penalized for holding and had to start from their own 4 yard line. Another penalty for an illegal block sealed Basin’s doom as the clock ran out.
In ceremonies at halftime, the 2013 Copper Basin Homecoming Princess and Homecoming Queen were crowned. The class representatives recognized were freshman Lauren Brackett, sophomores Jessica Schofield and Elizabeth Tranthem, juniors Savanah Barker, Amber Dillard, and Skylah Mealer, and seniors Tylan Boring, Christine Kennedy, Brandy Myers, and Samantha Roberson. The 2012 Copper Basin homecoming queen Lindsey Brackett was present to crown the 2013 Copper Basin High School Homecoming Princess Savanah Barker, followed by the crowning of the 2013 Copper Basin High School Homecoming Queen, Tylan Boring.

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