This was “old school”.
Head-knockin’, pad-poppin’, spit-flyin’ football.
There was nothing especially pretty about Boone Central’s C1-8 District battle at Ord Friday except the final 14-7 score favoring the Cards.
That was certainly a beautiful result for Boone Central after a very physical battle – delivering Coach Arnie Johnson’s 200th career coaching victory (159th at Albion/Boone Central) while improving the Cards’ season record to 3-1 and giving them an important 1-0 start in the district.
“This was easily the most physical game we have played to this point,” Johnson acknowledged. “As a coaching staff, we weren’t pleased with our sloppy play, which resulted in four turnovers, mostly in the first half.
“At the same time, we were very pleased we have a team that keeps playing hard. We were able to make some plays that gave us the opportunity to get the win.”
Those plays included a frantic first-half finish and score that pulled the Cards within a point of the hosts at intermission and the ability to capitalize on an Ord mistake in the second half for the winning touchdown.
Boone Central shot itself in the foot for much of the first half, losing a pair of fumbles and throwing an interception.
Trailing 7-0 late in the second quarter, Tanner Mazour connected with Derek Gentrup on a 24-yard pass-and-run play, then hit Hunter Henry for another seven. Gentrup made a diving catch for a 13-yard gain to the Ord two-yard line and Tanner Mazour scored on the second of two QB sneaks to pull the Cards within a point with 30 seconds remaining in the half. The PAT attempt failed.
Following a Hunter Henry punt midway through the third period, Foth bobbled a shotgun snap and Cardinal Sean Soll recovered at the Chanticleer 18. Colton Mazour ripped off 10 yards to the eight, then fought to the four-yard line on three carries into the middle of the line. Facing 4th-and-goal, Boone Central sent Blake Slizoski on a sweep left and the junior halfback split Ord defenders and burst into the end zone with 2:48 remaining in the third period. Tanner Mazour connected with Henry for an important two-point conversion, giving BC a 14-7 edge.
From there, the Cardinal defense put the wraps on the victory. Alex Johnson ended two final Ord possessions with QB sacks for Boone Central.
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