The Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals blew into Grand Island Thursday – literally – and blew past G.I. Central Catholic 41-7 to conclude the 2012 regular season with a 7-1 record.
On a chilly night, with northwest winds to 40 miles-per-hour, BC/NG took advantage of some Crusader miscues and its own prowess for a whirlwind finish to the first half. After building a 20-0 lead, the Cardinals scored two additional touchdowns in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the second period and took an imposing 34-0 advantage into intermission.
In handing G.I.C.C. – two weeks ago 6-0 – its second straight lopsided loss, Boone Central/Newman Grove boosted itself into the #1 seed position in the Class C1 west bracket of the upcoming Nebraska State Football Playoffs.
“We played a pretty sound game. We took advantage of the wind and, when we didn’t have the wind, we did a good job of running the ball,” commented Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson. “Our defense played well enough that it became difficult for G.I.C.C. to run their plays effectively.”
That defense limited the host Crusaders to just 173 total yards and forced five punts. Boone Central/Newman Grove, on the other hand, rushed for 263 yards, totaled 335 and punted just once.
Much of that advantage was again the result of the Cards’ physical edge at the line of scrimmage.
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