ROBESONIA — Upset-minded Daniel Boone was right there with a tough Conrad Weiser squad through three quarters of Friday night's Berks Football League Section 1 clash.
But a Blazer defensive lapse on a 3rd-and-33 play and two Scouts interceptions accompanied by long returns quickly turned a tie game into a 41-21 Blazers loss.
Injury-riddled Daniel Boone (0-2, 1-4) was led by Kyle Myers, who ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes, and quarterback Nick Hughes, who ran 69 yards for a score and finished with 98 rushing yards on the night. Alex Guilbe ran for 97 yards and three touchdowns for the Scouts (1-1, 4-1).
"Right now we're banged up ... we're hurting,' Daniel Boone head coach Bill Parks said, who listed a starting tight end, wide receiver, and corner back as members of the injury list. "For them to come out and still compete at this level, I'm proud of them.'
The Blazers never led, but traded touchdowns with the Scots three times for a 21-21 tie after three quarters.
The Scouts marched 60 yards on nine plays on the first possession of the game with Guilbe and quarterback Aidan Brosious alternating carries and Guilbe scoring from five yards out.
But the Blazers tied it on just two plays, the second being the 69-yard run by Hughes, who faked a handoff to Myers and took it through a wide-open right side and into the end zone.
Then Brosious capped a 68-yard drive with an 18-yard TD run, but the Blazers came right back again with a 67-yard possession and tied it on a six-yard burst by Myers early in the second quarter.
The Blazers had an opportunity to take the lead when they drove to the Scouts nine-yard line in the waning seconds of the half, but an interception in the end zone ended the Blazers' best chance all night to go on top.
"We had missed opportunities,' Parks said. "They were right in front of us.'
A 21-yard touchdown run by Dexter Jordan and an 18-yard scoring run by Myers left the game tied after three and Conrad Weiser was stuck in a 3rd-and-33 situation on its own 47 after two big losses and a penalty early in the fourth quarter. But Brosious hit a wide-open Jordan down the right side for a 35-yard gain.
"That's a learning experience,' Parks said. "We tried to talk to them about that all day long.'
Guilbe took it in from the 18 on the next play with 10:46 remaining in the contest for a 28-21 advantage, but the Blazers were still in contention with a 2nd-and-10 situation on their own 31 with three minutes to go.
But Pierce Brosious intercepted a deflected pass and ran it back 43 yards for a score. Then Jordan picked off a pass that went through a receiver's hands on the next Daniel Boone possession and returned it to the two, setting up Guilbe's third rushing touchdown of the night for a 41-21 difference with just 1:56 remaining.
The Blazers wound up with more rushing yards (248-179), more total yards (313-260), and more first downs (16-13), but that wasn't enough to avoid a third straight defeat, which pretty much leaves them playing for pride the rest of the way.
"For our seniors, who really work hard, we'd like to finish up the last five games well,' Parks said.
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Conrad Weiser 41
Daniel Boone 21
Daniel Boone 7 7 7 0-21
Conrad Weiser 14 0 7 20-41
CW-Guilbe 5 run (Roth kick)
DB-Hughes 69 run (Kresge kick)
CW-A. Brosious 18 run (Roth kick)
DB-Myers 6 run (Kresge kick)
CW-Jordan 21 run (Roth kick)
DB-Myers 18 run (Kresge kick)
CW-Guilbe 18 run (Roth kick)
CW-P. Brosious 43 interception return (Roth kick)
CW-Guilbe 2 run (run failed)
First Downs 21 8
Yards Rushing 248 179
Yards Passing 65 81
Total Yards 313 260
Passes C-A-I 8-15-3 3-6-0
Fumbles 1-0 3-0
Penalties-Yds 3-15 3-28
Punts-Avg 3-20.7 2-31.0
Daniel Boone: Myers, 17-120, 2 TDs; Hughes, 10-98, 1 TD; Smith, 9-30.
Conrad Weiser: Guilbe, 17-97, 3 TDs; A. Brosious, 15-69, 1 TD; Jordan, 3-18, 1 TD; Price, 2-3; Joseph, 2-(-3); Harakel, 1-(-5).
Daniel Boone: Hughes, 8-15-65, 3 INTs.
Conrad Weiser: A. Brosious, 3-6-81.
Daniel Boone: Myers, 4-29; Smith, 2-20; Galanti, 2-16.
Conrad Weiser: Jordan, 2-54; Ober, 1-27.
Interceptions: Conrad Weiser-Ober, P. Brosious, Jordan.
Sacks: Conrad Weiser-Sadowski.