Nothing was going to dampen this season opener for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals.
Despite a steady drizzle at kickoff Friday, the Cardinals found steady footing and stampeded to a 40-0 victory over visiting West Point-Beemer at the Boone Central Athletic Field in Albion.
A successful debut for the Boone Central/Newman Grove co-op. And how!
The Cardinals thundered for 370 rushing yards and racked up 451 yards in total offense, while limiting West Point-Beemer to a paltry 133 total yards in the shutout.
Boone Central/Newman Grove built its lead to 20-0 with a terrific scoring drive just prior to halftime, then ended any speculation of a rally by the Cadets with a pair of third-period touchdowns.
BC/NG was efficient from the outset and dominant throughout Friday’s contest. Although a performance is never perfect, Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson could find few negatives in the opening effort and is looking forward to the challenges presented by Mid-State Conference rivals Pierce and Norfolk Catholic the next two weeks.
“I thought we showed glimpses of what we can become,” Johnson said. “It is easy to see we have some talent in all areas of the team.
“We now need to work to fine-tune many of the areas that can move us to the level we want to be at.
“The next few games will be valuable for us in assessing our team.”
The assessment from Friday was impressive.
Aggressive, dominant play in the offensive and defensive lines. Steady direction by senior QB Tanner Mazour. Rushing yards from a bevy of quick, speedy runners. An explosive play by the receiving corps. Solid tackling on the second and third levels of defense (LBs and DBs). A positive advantage in the kicking game.
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