The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals did not mess around in their contest with visiting North Bend Central Friday.
BC/NG burst to a 40-0 lead in a highlight-reel first half, then cruised to a 47-12 victory that improved the C1 #9 Cardinals’ season record to 2-1.
The initial 24 minutes featured a fourth-down stop by Boone Central/Newman Grove, a blocked punt, two Cardinal interceptions, a Tiger fumble and five BC/NG scoring “drives” of three plays or less. If you blinked, you likely missed a change of numbers on the scoreboard.
It was a performance Card Coach Mark Hudson felt helped his team take another early-season step forward.
“North Bend was a little beat up, and were already down in numbers, so once we got out to a couple-touchdown lead, they kind of lost momentum,” Hudson said. “They did do a good job converting some third downs and ran the play clock down well to eat a lot of time and limit our possession in the first quarter.
“I felt it was good we had contributions from a lot of different players. A lot of guys reached the end zone and several recorded their first varsity scores, so that helps morale. Defensively, we took another small step forward, although we still had some costly breakdowns and blown assignments that allowed them to extend some drives.
“Last week, the offensive line made some nice improvement in technique and this week we saw improvement in their attitude – the way they went about their business and were more ‘assertive’ in how they carried out their assignments,” Hudson added.
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