Cards roll in grid playoff opener

Alex Wiese (left), Michael Lipker on tackleNo Mazour? No problem.
With standout junior QB Wyatt Mazour out of action due to a hamstring injury and four additional starters – seniors Derek Gentrup, Tyler Hedlund, Bryce Paulson and Zach Roberg – also watching from the sidelines, Class C1 #1 Boone Central/Newman Grove still ran through, around and over visiting Valentine in a 41-7 victory Thursday.

No one expected the Cardinals, now 9-0, to have much trouble with Valentine (3-5) in the Nebraska State Playoff Qualifying Round contest, and once BC/NG found its offensive gear in the second quarter, that proved to be the case. The Cardinals scored 21 points in just under eight minutes during that second stanza to jump-start a relatively easy win.
“It was a good game, as we got some things done and no one else got hurt,” Card Coach Arnie Johnson stated succinctly. “We hope to get some of our players back for the next game against Kearney Catholic.”
Although it would have been nice to have everyone in uniform, Boone Central/Newman Grove got along just fine with those available Thursday and can now set its sights on another playoff run, as the Cardinals advance to the round of 16.
The BC/NG defense never let Valentine get untracked offensively and controlled play by grinding out a 202-31 advantage in rushing yardage. And, even on a blustery day with sharp winds gusting over 30 miles-per-hour, sophomore QB Kyle Kramer filled in ably for Mazour, completing 9-of-13 passes and throwing for a pair of touchdowns.

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