Friday’s C1 football contest figured to be a hard-fought battle between a pair of District 6 contenders.
While the host Ord Chanticleers did, indeed, put up a determined fight, they were no match for Boone Central/Newman Grove in a 43-15 Cardinal victory.
The decision left both teams with 4-2 overall records, with BC/NG remaining unbeaten (2-0) in district play.
It looked like the game might be tit for tat in the early going, as Ord matched Boone Central/Newman Grove’s initial touchdown in the first quarter. From there, it was pretty much all Cardinals on the scoreboard.
BC/NG tallied five touchdowns and 36 unanswered points, taking a 28-8 halftime lead in the process. The Card advantage grew to 43-8with 10:40 remaining in the game.
“The defense played well for the second straight week. They appear to be understanding the importance of playing as a unit, with each player doing their job in stopping the run game,” said Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson. “Ord is a tough team. Their kids are disciplined and play hard. They gave us some trouble moving the ball and executing at times, so it was a good test for the team.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove got off to a fast start Friday, as Levi Krueger picked off a Jesse Ulrich pass on the third play from scrimmage. Two plays later the Cardinals were on the scoreboard with Dylan Gentrup’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Cody Nelson.
BC/NG forced a Chanticleer punt, but Gentrup’s second pass attempt of the contest was intercepted by Ord’s Solomon Campise. The Chants then took a brief lead, with Ulrich running 13 yards for a touchdown and passing to Nate Wells for the two-point conversion.
That proved to be just a bump in the road for the Cards. Brendan Beierman returned the ensuing kickoff 37 yards and Boone Central/Newman Grove drove 42 yards to paydirt, Krueger scoring from two yards out with 3:43 remaining in the opening stanza.
BC/NG turned that 14-8 lead into a commanding 28-8 halftime bulge with a pair of touchdowns in the latter stages of the second period. Gentrup finished a short 28-yard drive with a five-yard TD run, then added a one-yard scoring plunge to cap a 63-yard, 10-play march with 2:00 to play in the first half.
Boone Central/Newman Grove finished with a healthy 368-142 advantage in total yards, outrushing the Chants 212-73. The Cardinals had a 24-11 edge in first downs, but did lose the turnover battle (3-2) and were whistled for six penalties (55 yards).
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