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Good thing someone paid the electric bill.
Boone Central/Newman Grove and Lakeview kept the scoreboard flashing Friday night in Albion, as the Cardinals eventually ran away from the Vikings for a 59-34 victory in their hope opener.
Offense was not a problem for either team. BC/NG totaled 520 yards, split almost evenly on the ground (251) and through the air (269). Lakeview countered with 452 yards, 252 by pass.
“The offense and offensive line took a step forward. We had contributions from many players, which is what we’ll need as we progress through the year,” commented Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson. “We ran power football better and also connected on some big passes, which will keep defenses honest.
“Plus, it’s always a good sign when you don’t have to punt!”
Boone Central/Newman Grove appeared ready to turn the contest into a rout several times, only to have Lakeview answer and stay in contention until the final quarter.
The Cardinals raced to a 19-0 lead early in the second period and built a 25-7 halftime advantage. Lakeview responded with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and trailed by just two scores (34-20) before a 27-point barrage by the hosts in the final period.
“Defensively, we played well at times, but did have a few breakdowns we need to clean up,” Hudson noted. “In reality, this was like another first game for the defense, as it saw a completely different offensive scheme than last week.
“Our effort is there. We just need to keep getting better on technique and reads.”
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