What a start! Classic.
Senior Derek Gentrup gathered in the opening kickoff of the 2013 season Friday night, weaved through a multitude of West Point-Beemer defenders, shrugged off a tug on his jersey and set sail down the right sideline to complete a 93-yard touchdown jaunt.
Fifteen seconds. Six points.
That was just the start for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals, as they rolled up a 43-0 lead on the way to a 43-14 victory over the host Cadets in West Point.
By the time the final whistle blew, Boone Central/Newman Grove had scored six touchdowns and a field goal and held West Point-Beemer to just 144 yards of total offense. The Cardinals also committed nine penalties and threw an interception.
Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson succinctly summed up his team’s opening-night performance.
“It looks as though we will have a number of offensive weapons and our defense did a good job of swarming to the ball,” he stated. “There are things we need to clean up, but overall it was nice to see us make some big plays in all phases of the game.”
There you have it. Offense. Defense. Special teams. First-game miscues. To mix sports metaphors, the Cardinals touched all the bases Friday.
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