Sometimes bad things happen – and there doesn’t seem to be much you can do about it.
That may have been the feeling the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals had this past Thursday at Norfolk.
BC/NG and host Norfolk Catholic waited out a lightning delay before kicking off their Class C1 football clash, but once action commenced, Catholic’s Dylan Kautz wasn’t waiting around for anything.
The sophomore speedster romped through and around a Cardinal defense depleted by injury and suspension, gaining 228 yards in 19 carries and scoring four touchdowns to lead a 41-0 first-half blitz by the #4 rated Knights.
After another lengthy delay for lightning at halftime, officials called the contest and Norfolk Catholic claimed a victory that evened the record of both teams at 2-2.
Along with an inability to contain Kautz, Boone Central/Newman Grove also struggled against the a swarming Knight defense and could never stem the tide of the Knights’ assault.
“We weren’t in the same league, for whatever reason,” said Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson. “We’ve got to turn this ship back around and get heading in the direction we were two-three weeks ago.
“We’ve had distractions and injuries, but we have to get better at how we play and improve our fundamentals and tenacity. There aren’t any ‘gimmes’ on the schedule, so we’re going to have to earn whatever we get this year.”
Norfolk Catholic showed why many still consider the Knights a C1 contender despite the two early losses to #1 rated Wahoo Neumann and #2 Wahoo. Catholic was nearly flawless in Thursday’s 24 minutes of play.
The Knights outgained BC/NG 367-113 and had a 304-56 advantage in rushing yardage. Catholic gained 18 first downs, did not commit a turnover, was penalized only once, and scored on every possession.
Gentrup finished 6-of-11 passing for 57 yards and rushed eight times for 29 yards. Carter Henry added 28 yards rushing in nine attempts. Nelson led receivers with four catches for 37 yards.
Nelson also paced Card tacklers with three unassisted tackles and four assists. Other leaders included Henry (2, 4), Ethan Dozler (2, 4) and Tanner Schafer (3, 0).
Boone Central/Newman Grove will be on the road again Friday, traveling to Columbus to face 2-2 Lakeview (7 p.m.).
“Lakeview has a pretty good line and has lost to the same teams as we have,” Hudson noted. “On paper it appears to be a fairly even matchup.
“We need to get off to a good start and build some momentum off of that.”
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