BY BRANDON SPECK
BOONEVILLE – A skunk on Baldwyn’s field last season gave new name to this rivalry. There was no skunk Thursday in Booneville.
There weren’t many stinking points, either.
There were two long drives, though – one a game-winner – was all Booneville needed to win the first official Skunk Bowl, 19-6 against rival Baldwyn at Northeast.
The 16-play drive in the third more than doubled the seven plays Baldwyn had in the quarter and ended with Zeus Rogers’ 5-yard touchdown for a 12-6 lead.
“I thought we wore them down a little bit up front,” Booneville coach Mike Mattox said. “Give our offensive line a lot of credit.”
Booneville (2-0) converted three third downs and a fourth down on the drive.
No skunk and no Duke Upshaw for Baldwyn (0-2). The standout athlete was out with a shoulder issue, one of more than a handful of missing starters with various ailments. Starting center Luke Dugger also went down in the second half.
“The second half, there were about two plays on each side of the ball that if we would have made, would have been totally different outcome,” Baldwyn coach Michael Gray said.
Down 12-6 in the fourth, Baldwyn got the ball at the Booneville 40, but Hunter Henley picked Corbin Scott, following a play Gray said was wide open. Booneville then drove 14 plays and sealed the game with Rogers’ 10-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds left.
“I’m proud of my line,” Booneville quarterback Jack Simpson said. “They got us a good push. I’’m proud of my backs.”
Simpson (10 of 19) threw for 116 yards. It was Rogers’ first game of the season, adding to a full backfield. Lambert had six catches for 82 yards.
Booneville scored first when Simpson scrambled and found Lambert for a 10-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead. Lambert had a 28-yard circus catch to set up the score.
Baldwyn answered right back on Laquintez Upshaw’s 82-yard kick return to tie the game.
“It was just a battle of wills tonight,” Mattox said.