Physical. Fast. Methodical. Explosive.
The relentless rushing attack of Class C1 #2 Pierce proved to be all those things Friday night in Albion as the Bluejays rolled to a 35-7 victory over host Boone Central, ranked 10th by the Omaha World-Herald entering the contest.
Pierce pounded out three long scoring drives to take an early 21-0 lead in the contest, but the Bluejays really drove the victory stake home with a long-distance TD strike after Boone Central scored to end the first half and mounted another drive to open the second.
With a chance to trim the Pierce lead to a single touchdown, the Cardinals got a 30-yard return by freshman Wyatt Mazour on the opening kickoff of the third period and marched to a pair of first downs before stalling.
Blake Slizoski pinned the Bluejays at their 11-yard line with a punt, but on second down Pierce QB Brandon Freeman kept on an option right, eluded several tackle attempts just past the line of scrimmage and bolted 82 yards to paydirt for a 28-7 Pierce lead.
Overall, it was gains both long and short behind a punishing offensive line that drove the Pierce victory. The Bluejays, who attempted only three passes, racked up 486 rushing yards on 51 carries (9.5 per rush).
Boone Central moved the ball adeptly through the air for much of the game, passing for 217 yards, but was unable to finish drives with points, as the Bluejays did.
“We could move the ball some, but could not put it in the end zone,” Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson lamented. “It was a very physical game, one where several of our players might not be quite back to normal this week.”
Boone Central and its fans got a taste of what was in store on the game’s opening possession. Pierce began at its 22-yard line with runs of 2, 10, 3 and 6 yards before Nate Meier dashed 57 yards for the first touchdown.
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