A young Boone Central football team flashed signs of promise on both sides of the football Friday night in its season opener vs. Norfolk Catholic.
Unfortunately, flashes were not enough to derail a highly-ranked Knight squad that rolled to a 31-13 victory.
Norfolk Catholic, ranked #3 in Class C1 coming into Friday’s tilt at the Boone Central athletic field in Albion, completely stymied the Cardinal offensive attack while taking a 17-0 halftime lead. Boone Central showed some offensive spark after intermission, but had trouble stopping Catholic on several “short field” situations late in the third period and early in the fourth.
All in all, however, the Cardinals made Catholic work for its success and Boone Central Coach Arnie Johnson was pleased with the effort by his callow squad.
“I liked the way our team kept battling,” Johnson commented. “We know each season is a process and the only way to get better is keep giving great effort after good plays and bad plays.
“We were pleased with no turnovers and few penalty yards. Our defense, special teams and offense all show potential to improve throughout the season.
“We have players that want to get better and are willing to work hard.”
Boone Central had 121 passing yards in the contest, but just 35 yards on the ground (on 23 carries). Catholic rushed for 232 yards, passed for 112 and gained 20 first downs (to Boone Central’s seven).
Julian Kunzman connected on 8-of-16 pass attempts for 121 yards and two TDs. Kevin Liss led receivers with four catches for 62 yards and two scores. Jerad McLean was the leading BC rusher with 24 yards on 11 totes.
Defensively, Card seniors Nathan Olson and Dustin Christo were all over the field, Olson compiling 13 tackles and three assists and Christo 11 tackles and six assists.
Boone Central will travel to Grand Island Friday to face G.I. Central Catholic, currently ranked #10 in C1 by the Omaha World-Herald.
“We’re excited to play G.I.C.C., who has a lot of experience returning this season,” Johnson said. “It will be a challenge to see how much improvement we can make from this first game.”
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