Multiple Teams · Bosse Defeats Boonville 20-14 in Sectional Opener

Published in the Evansville Courier and Press Oct 21, 2017 by Kyle Sokeland

Eric Schnur probably felt like he was repeating himself.

Back in Week 1, the Bosse Bulldogs knocked off Pike Central for their first victory since 2015. Afterward, Schnur met with the team at midfield and tried to get a point across: they hadn’t proven anything yet.

The Bulldogs then lost eight straight and struggled to compete with everyone in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference. Friday night in the sectional opener, Bosse had a renewed sense of excitement after defeating Boonville 20-14 at Enlow Field.

Schnur still gave a similar speech to his players.

“We have to understand that if you lose, you are done,” he said. “Next week, the same exact stuff is on the line. It is just as important. We have to understand that situation and come ready to work this week.”

The third-year head coach did admit his team looked different against the Pioneers. After weeks of struggling, Bosse pieced enough together to walk away with a win.

On offense, Zy’kieth Davis ran with a purpose to finish with 81 yards and Christian Bell made diving touchdown catches. And for a defense that could not slow down many opposing offenses all year, Bosse yielded its fewest points since that 19-0 win over Pike Central.

“We were talking about how we never want our season to end,” Davis said. “We practiced hard all week. We kept the mindset that we were going to win on Friday. No matter what.”

In the past, they might have allowed the first down. Instead, Carlis Falls-Wells hit the hole and stuffed Luke Conner just short of the marker.

“We were determined to come out and win,” Falls-Wells said. “I give it all to the line and coaches tonight. Everybody around me. We had to come back fighting.”

Falls-Wells was the man of the hour for the Bulldogs (2-8). Playing quarterback for the first time in two years, the senior threw a pair of touchdowns and picked up several key first downs with his legs.

He was also his normal, monstrous self at linebacker with 12 tackles to contain Conner and the Boonville rushing attack that had ravaged opponents the past month. The only time Falls-Wells came off the field was for kickoffs.

“He played his butt off,” Schnur said. “Offense and defense. He is the most important person on the field for us.”

Ultimately, the most important thing for the Bosse program is the Bulldogs get to keep playing, practicing and improving. They will host another sectional game as well with Owen Valley (4-6) making the trip to Enlow Field next week. Perhaps, Bosse can keep its momentum rolling. “The goal is to have these kids be successful,” he said. “At the college level, it is big if you make it to a no-name bowl game because you get an extra month to practice. We get an extra week. It does matter a difference for the future of the program.”