Rain and gusty winds certainly put a damper on Boone Central/Newman Grove Seniors/Parents Night festivities Friday, but once play began, the Cardinals were not at all hampered by the soggy conditions.
Boone Central/Newman Grove received a wake-up call when visiting Adams Central scored on a 56-yard touchdown strike less than two minutes into the contest, then responded with 49 straight points to defeat the Patriots 49-7.
With the win, the Cardinals continued their control of the C1-6 District, improving to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in district play. Boone Central/Newman Grove has a one-game edge on Lakeview (5-2, 2-1) and Scotus (2-5, 2-1), and has a tiebreak victory over Lakeview.
To combat the weather, Boone Central/Newman Grove used one of it’s strongest ground performances of the season. Throwing just seven times, the Cardinals stampeded for 404 rushing yards in 47 attempts.
“It was an interesting night. Weather predictions were way off and rain affected the game plan some,” said BC/NG Coach Mark Hudson. “The kids showed their maturity and handled the adversity well. Besides the one deep ball early, we responded well and handled the conditions very well.
“It was nice to see our line ‘leaned on’ again, as we haven’t run that much since week three. They rose to the challenge.”
All in all, it was dominant performance by the hosts. BC/NG totaled 462 yards while holding Adams Central to 173, racking up a 404-37 advantage in rushing yards. The Cardinals had a 21-8 advantage in first downs and 3-1 edge in turnovers.
Gentrup led Boone Central/Newman Grove with 216 yards on 16 carries, scoring three rushing TDs. Krueger rambled for 179 yards in 25 attempts, with four touchdowns. Gentrup completed 3-of-7 pass attempts for 58 yards.
Boone Central/Newman Grove will travel to Columbus Friday for another key district contest against Scotus (7 p.m.).
“Scotus will be a definite challenge – their record doesn’t really mean anything, as they have played a schedule just as difficult as ours, but have also moved some people around to become a better team,” Hudson commented. “They still have an outside chance at the playoffs as district champions if they beat us, so there will be a lot on the line and a very motivated team across from us.”
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