North Bend Central may have thought another of this year’s fall storms had rolled into town Friday night.
After all, everywhere the Tigers looked, it seemed there was another thunderbolt.
The #1 Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals used touchdown plays covering 63, 52, 25, 47 and 50 yards in amassing a 48-0 halftime lead at North Bend – an array that left the hosts dazed and eventual 48-8 losers in a Class C1 mismatch.
Still, even though BC/NG seemed able to score almost at will, Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson felt his squad made strides as they prepare for stiffer tests ahead.
“We did a better job playing our responsibilities on defense. Our special teams were explosive. Our offense was able to make big plays,” Johnson said.
That pretty much covers the first-half carnage.
““We felt we made some improvements from the week before,” Johnson added. “This next week will be a good test of where we are. GICC had a loss in its first game because of mistakes, and that can happen in a first game. Since then they have been playing good football.
“We will need to be ready.”
It’s doubtful there was much North Bend Central could have done to be ready for Friday’s Cardinal onslaught. At times, it must have seemed they were trying to catch the wind.
Boone Central/Newman Grove doubled yardage on the Tigers (302-149), although with the many quick touchdowns, had one less first down (8-9). The Cardinals ran for 154 yards and passed for 148 in a balanced effort and scored their 48 points in just 34 plays.
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