Boone Central took to the road again Friday in search of that elusive first football victory of 2009, only to be frustrated by the Fillmore Central Panthers in Geneva.
Boone Central continued struggling to get untracked offensively and allowed several big plays by the Panthers in an 18-0 loss that dropped the Cardinals to 0-3.
Card Coach Arnie Johnson feels his team is close to success and hopes they remain confident while seeking to further improve.
“We are making some mistakes at times defensively that give opponents some big plays,” Johnson noted. “Offensively, we actually did get a better push in this game, but still need to do better.
“We will keep after it, work hard and keep improving.”
A young Boone Central squad is finding the growing pains of gaining experience to be a difficult – and costly – process at times.
The Cardinals lost the turnover battle at Geneva 4-0, committed eight penalties for 66 yards and totaled 162 yards offensively – just five more than Fillmore Central gained rushing the ball.
The host Panthers took advantage of several “breaks” to score on their opening drive Friday, putting additional pressure on Boone Central from the outset. Boone Central never did get rolling offensively, finishing with 73 yards rushing (23 attempts) and 89 yards through the air. Fillmore Central rushed for 157 yards and added 74 passing yards. The Panthers gained 15 first downs to Boone Central’s seven.
Kunzman finished 7-of-18 passing for 89 yards with two interceptions. Schafer had three receptions for 38 yards, Christo two for 35. Jerad McLean led Card ballcarriers with 29 yards. Lane Anderson added 26 and Logan Frey 25.
Defensively, Christo amassed 16 solo tackles and 12 assisted stops and Nathan Olson made 15 tackles and assisted on another seven.
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