Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.
Which, for Grand Island Central Catholic, ultimately resulted in a 49-18 loss to Class C1 #1 Boone Central/Newman Grove Friday night in Albion.
The Crusaders rolled into town with consecutive victories, a 2-1 record, and the respect of BC/NG Coach Arnie Johnson.
It was the Cardinals who rolled once the game began.
With its defense staunching a potentially-potent GICC attack and the offense putting on a typical “big play display,” Boone Central/Newman Grove built an overwhelming 49-3 lead in less than three quarters of play.
As has been the case throughout the early portion of the season, the Cardinals seemed to play just a bit better than the week before.
A coach’s dream.
“We were pleased with our defense this week, as they played a GICC team that was capable of throwing and running the football,” said Coach Johnson. “An added touch for their offense was their ability to run some option football.
“We also gave them a short field and were able to hold them in three downs. Our defense played physical and, for the most part, technique-sound.
“We again were able to make some explosive plays on offense,” Johnson added. “What our players added was more consistency in the running game and the ability to capitalize at the end of the first half, which really put the game away.”
Ah, yes, the end of the first half. Certainly about three-and-a-half minutes the Crusaders would like to forget.
Having already forged a 14-3 advantage, Boone Central/Newman Grove culminated a six-play, 61-yard drive when junior Kyle Kramer, despite a pass interference penalty on GICC’s defender, snared a 28-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Mazour with 3:20 remaining in the second quarter.
Three GICC plays and a punt later, the Cards were in possession again. And it didn’t take long for the margin to grow.
Zac Glidden opened a short 45-yard march with a 12-yard reverse and halfback Joseph Brugger burst 23 yards three plays later to put BC/NG ahead 28-3 with 1:19 left in the half.
Boone Central/Newman Grove wasn’t done yet, as Michael Lipker pounced on a Crusader fumble at the GICC 35-yard line with :20 on the clock.
It took one play for a little “Mazour Magic.”
The Cardinal QB dropped to pass, scrambled right, reversed to his left and eventually found Glidden all alone near the 10-yard line, abandoned by defenders intent on corraling Mazour.
Glidden trotted into the end zone with :09 left and BC/NG soon trotted into halftime with a 35-3 cushion.
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