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Cards fly into C1 semi-finals

Slizoski slips freeOne of four.
On a sunny, but blustery afternoon in Albion, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals scored a 38-20 victory over Gothenburg to advance to the semi-finals in the Class C1 portion of the Nebraska State Football Playoffs for the first time since 2004.
With their third playoff win in 2012, Boone Central/Newman Grove (10-1) set up a semi-final showdown against Adams Central Tuesday, Nov. 13, and a chance to join the 2001 and 2004 teams as the only in Cardinal history to reach championship games at Lincoln’s historic Memorial Stadium.
Taking Care of Business
Tuesday’s game was not even as close as the 18-point final margin as BC/NG continued to dominate its playoff competition. The Cardinals used an 80-yard kickoff return touchdown and 47-yard TD pass to take a 24-7 halftime lead and built a 38-7 advantage through three quarters.
Substituting liberally in the final stanza, the Cardinals did get a bit sloppy, committing four turnovers and several penalties which allowed Gothenburg to score 13 additional points and nearly add one final touchdown.
Despite the miscues by his younger players, Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Arnie Johnson felt his squad performed well and was understandably pleased with the victory.
“I thought we played pretty well and controlled the game for the most part,” Johnson commented. “The bottom line is, we’re in the round of four, with a chance to go to Lincoln.
“We’re ready to go.”
Opportunity Seized
Boone Central/Newman Grove will have that chance thanks to a strong performance in Tuesday’s first three quarters, featuring football Cardinal fans have become accustomed to in 2012 – control at the line of scrimmage, salty defense and big offensive plays.

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