Just what the doctor ordered.
As Friday night’s temperatures, helped by brisk winds, went from cool to cold, Boone Central/Newman Grove debuted the first phase of Boone Central’s new $2 million athletic complex and the Cardinals’ 49-20 victory over a spirited David City foe turned out to be just what the team needed, according to Coach Arnie Johnson.
“David City ran the defense we were expecting, so our players were able to simply concentrate on execution,” Johnson commented. “We did a good job of taking what David City’s defense gave us. Our players did a good job seeing what needed to be run.
“For our defense, the Scouts were the perfect team for us to play right now. They put us in a defense we really needed to rep on. It gave us many opportunities to play against a tough running game that attacked our perimeter.
“It was a very physical game!”
Boone Central/Newman Grove continued to be ranked #1 in Class C1 by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star this week after running its 2013 record to 5-0 with Friday’s victory.
The Cardinals used a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to take a 27-6 lead at halftime and increased that margin to 43-13 early in the fourth period.
It was another case of all-around excellence for BC/NG. The Cardinals enjoyed a 489-269 advantage in total yards with a balanced attack that rushed for 244 yards and passed for 245. Special teams also made their mark as Wyatt Mazour returned two kickoffs for 129 yards – including a 94-yard touchdown – and Kyle Kramer booted a 25-yard field goal. BC/NG had a 25-10 edge in first downs and did not commit a turnover.
Mazour had another superlative effort. Along with the explosive kickoff returns, the junior QB completed 16-of-19 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 101 yards in 12 carries, with two additional scores.
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