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Boyd snaps losing skid with dominant win over Howe

By Austin Jackson | Published Thursday, September 20, 2018.
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Up by 20 points and facing third down in the fourth quarter, Boyd quarterback Kody Risenhoover dropped back and uncorked a deep ball off his back foot.

The ball tracked toward the sideline and a streaking Brian Couture. For the first time all night, the ball hit turf-first, sailing high and wide, a few feet outside the outstretched hands of Couture.
It was a rare sight in Boyd’s 33-7 statement win over Howe Thursday night. For the first time in the game, Risenhoover missed.
“We came out ready to play,” Risenhoover said. “We were locked in.”
Risenhoover completed 16 of his 21 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. Four of his passes were dropped. Risenhoover also rushed for a touchdown and 56 yards in the win.
After dropping two straight road games, the Yellowjackets got started early in their homecoming win at J.G. Cartwright Field at Yellowjacket Stadium.
The game presented a clash of styles between Boyd’s spread offense and Howe’s power-run game.
After stalling out on the first drive, Boyd found the end zone on a 64-yard touchdown run by Allen Gaught. On the ensuing Howe drive, Boyd recovered a fumble deep in the Bulldogs’ territory. Risenhoover scored on the next play, streaking into the end zone from 14 yards out to give the Yellowjackets a 13-0 lead.
Boyd extended its first half lead to 27-0 before Howe got on the scoreboard.
Risenhoover spread the wealth to his receiving corps. Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said going in, he knew his group of receivers would present some problems for Howe.
“With Couture and [Nick Taylor], we knew they were going to be worried about them,” Hopkins said. “They were helping on them and other guys were getting open.”
Taylor, who disrupted things at linebacker for Boyd all night, finished with two receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. Couture had 68 yards on four receptions.
The Yellowjackets pitched a second-half shutout, dousing any hopes at a close game.
Hopkins said his defense impressed considering the short week of preparation due to the game being moved up a day due to expected inclement weather.
“Our defense played great with their style of offense,” Hopkins said. “You don’t get to see it everyday.”
Boyd running back Boone Eustace sealed the game with a 1-yard touchdown rush early in the third quarter. Eustace finished with 80 yards. He fumbled twice.
While happy with the big win on homecoming, Hopkins said there will be plenty to clean up heading into district play.
“We made some mistakes and we should have put some more points on the board,” Hopkins said. “We got districts starting next week. We have to get ready.”

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