Conner drawing attention

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Boonville's Luke Conner comes up after breaking through Tell City defense for a touchdown in a matchup last season.

Any time you have the kind of breakout football season Boonville's Luke Conner had, you're going to turn some heads.

Conner received his first scholarship offer last month from the Missouri S & T Miners. Missouri S & T is a Division II school that belongs to the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Conner will be entering his senior season for the Pioneers.

"I would like to thank (linebacker coach) Evan Knight and (head coach) Tyler Fenwick for this opportunity," Conner said on Twitter.

Conner plays on both sides of the ball for Boonville. Offensively, for his career, he has a total of 1,951 rushing yards with 21 touchdowns. In 2017 alone he rushed for 1,505 yards with 17 touchdowns.

Conner is just as productive on the defensive end. Last season he recorded four interceptions returning one for a touchdown. He also recorded 31 tackles. Pioneers coach Darin Ward said he will probably be used in the secondary as a safety if he plays for Missouri S & T.

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Ward also noted that it's sometimes hard for kids from smaller schools to get recognized in the recruiting process.

But according to Ward Conner and his family had made a commitment to put himself in competitive situations by having him attend various football camps where he competes against kids from larger schools.

Ward also praises Conner for his work ethic.

"Luke is a perfect example of an athlete that has created opportunities for himself, because of his continued commitment to working hard in the classroom, weight room, and the football field," Ward said. "From a program standpoint, he is one of our top workers and has grown into a great leader."

The Pioneers really needed Connor to shine last season after Boonville quarterback Jackson Phillips got injured during the Pioneer's first game and missed the rest of the season. After Phillips injury, Boonville relied more heavily on the running game which meant more carries for Connor. Connor certainly exceeded all expectations.

With a healthy Phillips and Connor both returning, the Pioneers look to improve on their 5-5 record from last season.

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