Even when they aren’t particularly impressive, the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals are impressive.
After all, it’s not every day a team doesn’t play to its standards, yet still thumps an opponent by 24 points.
That was the case for Class C1 #1 BC/NG Friday night at West Point, as the Cardinals improved to 5-0 with a 30-6 victory over West Point-Beemer.
It was, however, the Cards’ lowest point output of the 2014 season and a performance that did not fully satisfy BC/NG Coach Arnie Johnson.
“This game was not one of our best performances. We had some individuals who improved, but as a team, we were not very sharp in most areas of the game,” Johnson rued. “Turnovers and penalties did not help our flow in this one.”
Penalties and turnovers were, indeed, main culprits in a sluggish effort. BC/NG was flagged for six costly infractions (75 yards) and, for the first time this season, the Cardinal passing game went awry, as Wyatt Mazour completed just 9-of-20 aerial attempts for 83 yards with three interceptions. Backup Blaine Kennedy also tossed an interception.
Mazour was the usual whirling dervish on the ground, however, rushing for 190 yards in 16 carries and scoring two touchdowns. In fact, with Joseph Brugger adding 76 yards and two TDs, BC/NG ran for 293 of its 379 total yards.
Cardinal fans couldn’t have expected any problems to come with the game’s start. Mazour took the opening kickoff and dashed 80 yards to the West Point-Beemer 15-yard line and, on third down, Brugger bolted six yards for the first touchdown of the night.
The Card offense stalled after that, however, and the Cadets fashioned a pair of drives that resulted in 27 and 25-yard field goals by Joe Berg, narrowing the lead to 7-6.
BC/NG put together its first sustained scoring drive midway through the second period and trooped 70 yards in eight plays – five of those runs by Mazour, including 13 and 21-yard dashes and a one-yard touchdown.
The Cardinal defense forced a three-and-out by the hosts and Boone Central/Newman Grove’s offense went back to work.
Mazour passed seven yards to Garrett Temme to convert on third down, then the Card QB and Brugger alternated runs, covering the final 39 yards of the drive in six plays. Brugger notched his second TD of the contest from three yards out, giving BC/NG a 21-6 lead with 3:39 remaining in the first half.
While the Cardinals still weren’t sharp following intermission – stopped on a fourth-down attempt for the second time in the game and slowed by two of their four interceptions – the defense did register a safety late in the third period and Mazour’s five-yard touchdown run gave BC/NG the 30-6 lead with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter.
The defense took it from there, closing out a second-half shutout during which the Cardinals allowed West Point-Beemer just three first downs.
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