Boomers Dominate First Round Playoff Game
by Kaycie Otis
On Saturday, November 4th, the Toledo Boomers (ranked 6th in 2A) hosted their first home playoff game in over a decade, capturing a win against Union, the 11th ranked team in 2A. The game ended with the lopsided score of 54-14, with the Boomers holding Union to a scoreless game until the last quarter when they scored two touchdowns in approximately seven minutes before time ran out.
The team watched game film throughout the week before the game, making sure they knew who their competition was and how well they played. Doing this really paid off. They came out strong, with senior quarter back Kyle (Bear) Otis, junior outside linebacker Damion Sharp, and wide receiver Jayce Trevillian, intercepting three of Union’s passes and returning them for a total gain of 55 yards, taking away any and all of Union’s momentum.
“We watched a lot of film on their team and had a good idea of what they were going to do. We prepped their plays a lot in practice and focused a lot on tackling because we knew our defense would be how we’d win the game,” said Junior outside linebacker Daimian Sharp.
The game came to a close with Sharp, Otis, Trevillian, Sam Schneider, Kody Howry, and Clayton Tower combining for a total of 212 yards rushing on 29 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. Otis finished the game with 277 passing yards and averaged 17.3 yards per completion. Sharp rushed for a total of 49 yards on seven carries and received for 164 yards, making it his 2nd most rushing yards, and most receiving yards, for the season. Leading tacklers consisted of Nathan Cross who had 11 assists and two solo tackles; Otis had eight assisted and three solo tackles.
Toledo racked up the points with a total of eight touchdowns. Sharp rushed for one touchdown and received for three, Otis rushed for three, and Schneider ran in one. Cody Nicholson kicked six for six on the night, scoring six points for the team.
In addition to the win, Toledo was given many individual awards that the league coaches voted upon.
Offensive Player of the Year: Kyle (Bear) Otis
Co- Defensive Player: Kyle (Bear) Otis
First Team / Offense
Quarterback: Kyle (Bear) Otis
Receiver: Daimion Sharp
Offensive Line: Nate Cross
First Team / Defense
Defensive Line: Dochota Coxen
Linebacker: Kyle (Bear) Otis, Nate Cross
Defensive Line: Fischer Walker
First Team / Specialists
Kicker: Cody Nicholson
Second Team / Offense
Receiver: Fischer Walker
Offensive Team: Brandon Hoffman
Second Team / Defense
Defensive Line: Brandon Hoffman
Linebacker: Daimion Sharp
Second Team / Specialists
Punter: Kyle (Bear) Otis
Honorable Mention / Offense
Receiver: Cameron Longergan
Center: Dochota Coxen