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Undefeated Cardinals race by Pierce

Joe BruggerThey came blowing in from the north. Cold, blustery winds and the Mid-State rival Bluejays.
But it was Boone Central/Newman Grove that huffed and puffed and blew away all obstacles standing in the way of a sixth straight victory.
The Cardinals, ranked #1 in Class C1 by the Omaha World-Herald, ran their 2014 record to 6-0 with a 49-21 blitz of #9 Pierce (4-2) Friday night in Albion.

BC/NG followed a common script, striking for numerous long gains in a game chock full of big plays. The Cardinals had 20 plays gain 10 or more yards – 11 of those going for more than 20 yards.
The Bluejays tried valiantly to keep up, using some explosive scoring plays of their own in the first half, but were no match for Wyatt Mazour, Joe Brugger, Zac Glidden and company.
Mazour’s exploits are nothing new, and the elusive senior produced another highlight reel with 200 yards rushing (24 carries), 196 yards passing (10-of-18) and six total touchdowns (three on the ground, three through the air). Brugger gave the Cards a two-pronged ground game, dashing for 146 yards (14 carries) of his own.
Glidden was simply all over the field – blocking a punt, intercepting a Bluejay pass, catching a touchdown pass and contributing a pair of solo tackles.
Playmakers, indeed.

It made for an exhilirating performance against an old and respected rival, which Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson appreciated.
“I’d like to say it was a joy to play a team like Pierce. They are well-coached, their players play with intensity and, at the same time, play with sportsmanship,” he praised. “Pierce is definitely a quality propgram.
“Our defense and special teams made some big plays that contributed to our offensive success. We got our ground game going, along with our passing attack, and when that happens, we’re hard to stop.
“Playing a team like Pierce will always show areas we need improvement in. We’ll have some clearer goals we can reach this week in practice that will make us better down the road.”

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