Boonville certainly sent a message that was felt all around the Big Eight Conference on Friday.
The Pioneers trounced their conference rivals the Washington Hatchets by the score of 52-7.
Luckily for the Hatchets, it wasn't more of a lopsided win as the game was called with three minutes remaining in the third quarter due to lightning.
"I thought we came out and played with a lot of energy on both sides of the ball," Pioneers coach Darin Ward said. "Offensively, we spread the ball around with five different players scoring. Defensively, I thought we did a good job of swarming the football but need to clean up some miss tackles."
During the preseason everyone talked about the return of quarterback Jackson Phillips after sitting out last season with a knee injury, and running back Luke Conner returning after last year's stellar season. While both Phillips and Conner had great games, scoring two touchdowns apiece, other players also emerged and made contributions in the Pioneers dominating performance.
Russ Farmer also scored two touchdowns and had a total of 87 all-purpose yards. The Pioneers also received contributions from a couple sophomores in the likes of Devin Mockobee and Colin Wolfe. Mockobee and Wolfe each had a touchdown and rushed for a combined 81 yards.
The Pioneers next game will be a tough one as they face off against the Vincennes Lincoln Alices. The Alices were last year's Big Eight Conference champs. Last year's game saw the Pioneers lose to the Alices by the score of 52-9 as it was the Pioneers first game after the Jackson Phillips injury.
7:53 Boonville touchdown 3-yard run Luke Conner 2 pt run Conner
5:10 Boonville touchdown 35-yard run Ross Farmer 2 it run fails
2:28 Boonville touchdown 10-yard run Jackson Phillips 2 pt pass Phillips to Brandon Schnuck
7:17 Washington touchdown 27-yard pass Jaydin Pendley to Trey Reed Solomon Davis kick
6:26 Boonville touchdown 16-yard pass Phillips to Farmer 2 pt run Conner
4:05 Boonville touchdown 5-yard run Conner 2 pt pass fails
7:24 Boonville touchdown 5-yard run Devin Mockobee 2 pt run Mockobee
4:43 Boonville touchdown 20-yard run Colin Wolfe 2 pt run Wolfe
Game called in the 3rd quarter with 4 minutes remaining because of lightning