Pardon the Boone Central football team if it doesn’t want to hear the work “kick” any time soon.
Friday, the kicking game was pivotal in a Cardinal loss for the third straight week as visiting Fillmore Central nipped BC 9-7 with a field goal in the waning seconds of play.
In the season opener, a field position mismatch dictated by Cardinal punting miscues and Norfolk Catholic all-state kicker candidate Tyler Daake doomed any Boone Central chances in a loss to the highly-ranked Knights.
That was followed a week ago by a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to G.I. Central Catholic when a Card PAT kick was deflected.
Friday, the damage was done by Fillmore Central senior Trevor Sanchez, who booted field goals of 37, 34 and 37 yards, the game-winner with :20 remaining in the contest.
It ended a frustrating night for the Cardinals, who were hampered by 10 penalties for 90 yards and held to single-digit scoring for the third consecutive week.
“I think our players really did give a great effort,” said Boone Central Coach Arnie Johnson. “We just continue to make too many mistakes, which keeps us from being consistent offensively.
“I believe we’ve given a better effort each game and don’t have much to show for it right now. However, if that effort continues, positive things will follow – they always do.”
Boone Central did have some positive moments vs. Fillmore Central. An efficient touchdown drive, ending early in the second period, gave BC a 7-3 lead that a scrappy Cardinal defense protected until the final moments.
In the end, however, missed assignments, blocks and tackles, along with the slew of penalties, were too much for the Cards to overcome.
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