With a big crowd on hand in Albion Friday for ‘Pink Out for Breast Cancer Awareness’ and a program to celebrate Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson’s 200th win, achieved Sept. 23 at Ord, the Boone Central defense stood tall and delivered a 3-0 victory over O’Neill as the Card offense found difficulty converting yards into points.
On a night with traditional, chilly football weather, the Cardinals grabbed control of the C1-8 District by an old-fashioned score, posting their second shutout of the season. Boone Central, 5-2 overall, is now 3-0 in C1-8 play and needs only a victory over visiting Central City Thursday to win the district.
Although BC was able to amass 296 yards of total offense against the Eagles, the game’s only points were generated on a 23-yard Colton Mazour field goal early in the second period.
It proved to be just enough.
“Our defense played lights-out throughout the game,” acknowledged Johnson. “We really felt if we had capitalized on offense early that we could have put this game away.
“After we failed to take advantage of our opportunities, O’Neill did a good job of making it harder for us to move the ball.”
Boone Central put together its best sustained march of the night late in the first quarter. Slizoski and Tanner Mazour opened with runs of eight and nine yards and Slizoski gained another seven on a third-and-5 play. Slizoski bolted 14 yards on second down to the Eagle nine and three additional rushes left the Cards with fourth-and-goal at the one. A false start penalty set BC back five yards and Johnson opted for a 23-yard field goal attempt, which Colton Mazour drilled with 10:42 remaining in the first half.
After forcing BC’s first punt in the fourth quarter, the Eagles mounted their only serious threat of the contest. Beginning at its 37, O’Neill drove to the Boone Central two in 11 plays, highlighted by Tyler Knopp pass completions of 16 yards to Angel Rodriguez and 22 to Hostert.
On fourth-and-goal, the Eagles lined up to attempt a tieing field goal, but kicker David Akainda was forced to scoop up a bobbled center snap and Card LB Kod y Sack threw him down at the 14-yard line.
Game, Boone Central.
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