It took nearly 300 miles, but the Boone Central/Newman Grove 2012 playoff odyssey continues.
After dispatching Ogallala in the Class C1 qualifying round of the Nebraska State Football Playoffs, #1 seeded Boone Central/Newman Grove made the long trek to Imperial Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The Cardinals assured the trip was worthwhile for themselves and their fans, rolling past #9 west seed Chase County 48-20 to qualify for the C1 quarterfinals.
Boone Central/Newman Grove (9-1) continued to prove considerate to Cardinal faithful. After shortening its opening game – played in cold, windy conditions – by invoking the 35-point running-clock rule in the second half, BC/NG again played a portion of Wednesday’s final periods with the running clock, allowing fans to get an early start home.
Leading 14-0, Boone Central/Newman Grove exploded for three touchdowns in the final 3:08 of the first half and took a 34-7 advantage into intermission. The Cardinals expanded their lead to 48-7 midway through the third quarter before Chase County (6-4) concluded scoring with a pair of inconsequential TDs in the final five minutes of the contest.
“The kids played another good game,” acknowledged Cardinal Coach Arnie Johnson. “We were a little concerned with the long trip and how we would play, but I thought we did a pretty good job.
“We were able to make some big plays and get a comfortable lead fairly early.”
Johnson also said his team came out of the game in good shape and was ready to continue its playoff run with Tuesday’s match-up in Albion against #13 west seed Gothenburg.
“I think we are fairly healthy,” Johnson noted. “That is always one of the concerns as the playoffs advance on.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove had few concerns on the field at Imperial, in terms of performance.
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