Saturday, September 18, 1999

Boone County 21, Conner 13

Rebels keep streak alive

Enquirer contributor

Boone County's Robbie Flick drops back for a pass.
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        HEBRON — Boone County senior quarterback Robbie Flick guaranteed coach Rick Thompson a touchdown on the opening play of the fourth quarter.

        Flick kept his word and his 9-yard run five seconds into the period gave the Rebels their first lead, 14-13. Boone County went on to beat host Conner 21-13 Friday night.

        “I wouldn't trade anything for this game,” Flick said. “There's so many things that went right for us. We never gave up.”

        In winning its first game of the season, Boone County extended its hold over Conner to 23 consecutive wins dating to 1983.

        The Rebels should thank Flick for more than the TD run: He ran 11 times for 52 yards; his 37-yard pass to junior Bobbie Vallandingham tied the game at 7 with 5:03 left in the first quarter; and his two interceptions killed a Conner drive late in the second quarter and ended the Cougars' last chance with 51 seconds remaining in the game.

        “I never expected to come out here and run as much as I did,” Flick said. “Thank God coaches believed in me and believed in my running ability.”

Conner's Jason Harris returns a kick past Boone County defenders.
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        Flick was not the only Rebel star. Junior running back Timmy King ran 25 times for 83 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown with 1:03 left in the game.

        “I don't think we could stand losing to Conner,” King said. “We haven't lost to them in so long. It wouldn't be good.”

        The Boone County defense held Conner to 175 total yards and just 43 in the second half.

        “Fourth quarter, we didn't move the ball an inch and we fumbled right away,” Conner coach Tom Stellman said. “We gave them that game.”

        Stellman was referring to junior fullback Matt Botts' fumble that Boone County junior Jamie Hammer recovered at the Conner 24 late in the third quarter. Flick scored two plays later.

        Conner's scoring came from two players. Junior Jason Harris took a Flick punt 92 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, and Botts scored from 1 yard with 6:47 left in the half.

        Senior tailback Bo Wilson led Conner with 25 carries for 90 yards.

        Boone County ....... 7  0  0  14—21

        Conner ....... 7  6  0   0—13

        C-Harris 92 punt return (McDaniel kick)

        BC-B. Vallandingham 37 pass from Flick (Kuhl kick)

        C-Botts 1 run (kick failed)

        BC-Flick 9 run (McDaniel kick)

        BC-King 5 run (McDaniel kick)

        Records: BC 1-3, C 2-2.


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