A young Boone Central/Newman Grove football team, dinged up with injuries, knew it’s contest vs. undefeated Class C1 #1 Aurora would be a difficult task.
The Huskies, averaging 54 points per game in their first C1 season after dropping from Class B, lived up to pregame billing Friday night, rolling up a 48-0 first half lead on the way to a 48-7 victory in Albion.
With Boone Central/Newman Grove facing a stiff breeze in the first quarter and unable to generate any offense against a quick, aggressive Huskie defense, field position became a serious issue for the Cardinals and Aurora’s momentum quickly began to resemble a boulder rolling downhill.
Record-setting quarterback Baylor Scheierman fired four touchdown passes, while Cardinal possessions in the opening half resulted in minus-seven total yards and five consecutive punts, followed by an interception and fumble.
“They have a real nice football team, with lots of speed, and their quarterback is excellent,” Boone Central/Newman Grove Coach Mark Hudson said of the Huskies. “We struggled with field position and executing plays, but good teams do that to you. It seemed like the night was almost jinxed for us, as a big play that we did execute well was blown dead by an inadvertant whistle.”
Hudson was a bit disgruntled by at least one piece of Aurora’s first-half strategy, but proud of the effort his team gave throughout the contest.
“I thought our boys played with a lot of class, courage and heart for four quarters in a very difficult and challenging situation – I’m proud of them for keeping their composure and never giving up.”
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