The Boone Central Cardinals and Ord Chanticleers were probably both lamenting squandered chances after gaining ample yardage, but failing to score many points due to penalties and mistakes in Friday’s Class C1 football clash at the athletic field in Albion.
More so for the Cardinals, however, as they saw a chance to notch a second consecutive last-minute victory spoiled by a fumble after driving inside the Ord 10-yard line. That allowed the Chants to hold on for a 7-3 victory that evened the records of both teams at 2-2.
“We again played hard, but we were deficient in many areas,” commented Cardinal Head Coach Arnie Johnson. “We are a team that needs to execute at a high level and have a good understanding of what we want to get accomplished, and we did not do well in those areas.
“We were not as focused as we should have been for this game.”
Blake Slizoski ended the third period with runs of 11 and six yards and Mazour hit Keenan Howell for a second first down at the Ord 45. The soph signal-caller followed with an 11-yard completion to Zach Wurdeman and an 11-yard run and the Cards pushed to the Chant five-yard stripe on runs by Slizoski and Mazour. A second-down false-start penalty helped stall the march, however, and Boone Central settled for Temme’s 24-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.
Ord answered back, staying away from penalties and mistakes and bolting 63 yards in six plays, mainly on the heroics of Welniak, who had a 35-yard jaunt to the 15 and scored the TD on a 13-yard scamper. The PAT kick gave the Chants the 7-3 advantage.
Facing a last-minute, must-score situation for the second straight week, Boone Central nearly duplicated its rally over Wayne the previous Friday.
Mazour fired two 10-yard completions to Trey Sorell and hit Howell with a key six-yard gain on fourth-and-one. Mazour hooked up with Sorell again for gains of 14 and 10 yards and a subsequent pass interference penalty on Ord gave the Cards a first down at the Chant eight. Boone Central was penalized for another false start there, and a fumble on the following play doomed the Cardinals’ shot at victory.
Ord ran out the clock and the win in six plays, gaining one first down.
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