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It may not have come quite as easily as the score would indicate, but the Class C1 6th-rated Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals improved to 6-1 with a 42-0 victory over visiting Madison Friday.
It marked the third shutout of the season for the Cardinal defense, which set the tone of the game by completely stifling the Madison attack. The Dragons failed to crack 100 yards in total offense (94) and posted just seven first downs in the contest.
After a few misfires early, the BC/NG offense joined the fun, scoring two touchdowns late in the first period and rolling to a 35-0 halftime lead with three more in the second quarter.
“Friday was a more difficult game than most realize. Our kids were coming off an emotional win. Madison traditionally struggles, but has some real tough kids and are beginning to buy into playing hard all the time,” said BC/NG Coach Mark Hudson. “They also did some things early with their safeties taking some gambles, which paid off in some good plays defensively for them.
“It took us, as coaches, a series or two to adjust and attack where they were vacating. The results of that were Blaine’s long run and Keaton’s long reception.”
Those two big plays provided Boone Central/Newman Grove’s initial scores.
Card QB Blaine Kennedy followed a 33-yard pass completion to Kyle Kramer on BC/NG’s second series with a 28-yard scamper through the Dragon defense to the one-yard line, then plunged into the end zone on the following play. After forcing Madison’s third punt in three possessions, Kennedy hit Keaton Henry with a perfect pass as he slanted through the Dragon secondary. Henry took the pass in stride and raced 61 yards to paydirt.
Boone Central/Newman Grove put the decision out of doubt by scoring on each of its three second-period possessions.
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