What a difference a week and six turnovers can make.
Or, rather, the lack of six turnovers.
Eliminating the turnover and penalty problems from a season-opening loss to Battle Creek, Boone Central combined several long scoring strikes and a ‘bend-but-don’t-break’ defensive effort to defeat Lakeview 19-6 Friday, Sept. 10, at Columbus.
Buoyed by 59 and 57-yard touchdown dashes by Logan Frey and Blake Slizoski, the young Cardinals evened their 2010 record at 1-1.
“We, as a team, were pleased to go from six turnovers last week to none this week,” acknowledged Boone Central Coach Arnie Johnson. “That was certainly a big difference in the outcome.
“I wish parents and fans could have seen and heard how hard our assistant coaches and players worked in practice this past week to improve,” he commented. “I was even ready to get out on the field and play a few times after listening to Coach Kennedy this week.
“Also, Thomas Wells, a 2004 Boone Central graduate, has come back to help us on a volunteer basis with the linebackers and other details and he has been invaluable to us.
“We are far from where we want to be, but I have been impressed with the spirit and heart this team plays with,” Johnson praised. “We have players, at the end of the game, who have given everything they have for the team.”
Lakeview finished with an impressive stat line, but could turn 350 total yards, 265 rushing yards and 19 first downs into just six points. Boone Central finished with 241 yards rushing, 257 total yards and 12 first downs. Both teams were penalized six times and the Cards won the turnover battle 3-0.
Slizoski led a balanced ground attack, gaining 86 yards on 10 carries. Frey added 78 in eight attempts and Tanner Mazour carried 15 times for 71 yards. Mazour complete 1-of-3 passes for 16 yards, Keenan Howell making the lone reception.
Boone Central had a long list of defensive contributors, led by Slizoski, with 11 total tackles and the interception, and Lane Anderson with 10 tackles, including one for loss.
Other tackle leaders included Colton Mazour (8), Matt Spieker (7), Trey Sorell (6), Tony Krohn (6), Keenan Howell (5), Beau Bremer (5), Zach Wurdeman (4), Tanner Mazour (4) and Parker Struebing (4). Brett Temme recovered a fumble for the Cards.
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