Boone Central/Newman Grove had a strong start Friday and, despite sputtering at times, rolled to a 35-0 victory over Lakeview at the Boone Central Athletic Field in Albion.
A sequence capped by a touchdown just before halftime gave BC/NG a 21-0 lead at intermission and propelled the Cardinals to a 1-0 start in district play.
“We got off to a good start, and then in the second quarter, we kind of let off the gas a little bit and gave Lakeview a little life,” commented Card Coach Mark Hudson. “We were able to make a few plays on defense to end their drive and the offense responded with a big touchdown to make it a three-score game at halftime.
“Going from a potential 14-7 or 14-3 score to 21-0 was the pivotal point of the game.”
When Boone Central/Newman Grove (3-2) was focused, it dominated play in the contest. The Cardinals racked up a 477-134 total yardage advantage and gained 28 first downs, while holding the Vikings to just seven.
Lakeview (3-2) Coach Kurt Frenzen was impressed, although he had expected better from his charges.
They have a nice football team. But we obviously didn’t play our best either,” Frenzen said. “We lost the battle up front and didn’t play real clean. We can’t do that and expect to win games.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s offensive production again revolved around senior quarterback Dylan Gentrup, who completed 15-of-26 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 128 yards and another score on 21 carries.
“He’s an outstanding player,” Frenzen praised. “He hurt us quite a bit.”
Leading 14-0 in the second period, BC/NG missed a 32-yard field goal and Lakeview followed with its biggest threat of the contest, driving from its own 20-yard line to the BC/NG 14 in 10 plays. Jessie Sullivan dropped Viking QB Cadge Janssen for a one-yard loss there, and Weston Choat stopped Janssen for no gain on second down. Following a false-start penalty on the Vikings, the Cardinal defense completed its stand, forcing two Lakeview pass incompletions.
The Boone Central/Newman Grove offense immediately regained momentum and control of the game. Krueger burst for a 23-yard gain, Gentrup added a 13-yard gallop and completed passes of 13 and 11 yards to Cody Nelson, and the Cardinals ended an 80-yard, 12-play stampede with Krueger’s nine-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds remaining in the first half.
That momentum stayed squarely in BC/NG’s corner following intermission. The Cards quickly forced a Lakeview punt, then boosted their lead to 28-0 when Gentrup connected with Brendan Beierman for a 20-yard touchdown. The Cardinals added Gentrup’s 18-yard TD pass to Krueger with 46 seconds remaining in the third quarter, and the teams finished the contest with a scoreless fourth period played with a running clock.