Friday night was a new experience for the 2013 edition of the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals.
Boone Central/Newman Grove trailed for the first time this season when host Columbus Scotus used back-to-back big plays midway through the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.
Boone Central/Newman Grove did not allow the Shamrocks to keep upset hopes alive for long, however, rolling to 35 unanswered points on the way to a 35-14 victory that improved the Cardinals’ record to 4-0.
There may have been some rust from a bye week and Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson noted the gambling “blitz” defense of Scotus provided his squad some headaches. But once BC/NG found its ballast, it was fairly smooth sailing for Class C1’s #1 team.
“We were able to make some big plays, which allowed us to get a comfortable lead,” Johnson said. “Scotus’ ability to hurt us with the blitz kept our offense from getting into much of a consistent flow.
“Our defense was able to get some pressure on their offense and that led to some turnover opportunities for us.
“It was a good game for us, as it should give us some things to work on.”
Spread ‘Em Out
While Boone Central/Newman Grove never could get its running game consistently cranked up Friday, Scotus had no answer for the versatile Cardinals’ spread passing attack.
Junior quarterback Wyatt Mazour completed 13-of-21 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with five different receivers. Big plays from the passing game allowed BC/NG to finish with a 340-280 edge in total yards and, more importantly, the 21-point difference on the scoreboard.
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