Friday night was important for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals and Scotus Shamrocks, both needing a victory to remain upright in the fight for the C1-6 District title and a state playoff berth.
At the end of 48 minutes, Scotus (5-3, 3-1) was the team still standing, having delivered a decisive 49-17 knockout punch to the host Cardinals in Albion.
A two-minute span ending the first half proved disastrous for Boone Central/Newman Grove (4-4, 2-2), as the Shamrocks tallied a pair of touchdowns and ballooned a competitive 14-10 score into a commanding 28-10 advantage.
Squandered scoring opportunities, particularly in the third period, also plagued the Cardinals and Scotus, powered by its relentless Wing-T attack, finished a night that saw the green-and-gold churn out 491 rushing yards and 584 total yards.
Inside, outside, occasionally over the top, Scotus simply proved to be more than the Cardinals could handle.
“We played a pretty good team and, as much as we had improved, we knew they were probably a little more athletic than us,” commented BC/NG Coach Mark Hudson. “They played focused and motivated after losing to Ord.
“We made too many mistakes to beat a quality opponent. You can’t get in the red zone and come away empty as often as we did.”
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