O’Neill slips by Cardinals in ‘two day’ season grid opener

Photos, Terry Miles, Holt Co. Independent

Two days. Two long trips to O’Neill. One frustrating 20-13 loss for the Boone Central Cardinals.
A young Boone Central football team got its 2019 season off to a slow start, falling in a 12-0 hole Friday night. Just as the Cardinals began to seize momentum with a long touchdown run late in the second quarter, the contest was suspended by lightning, which continued with heavy rain and eventually forced the game’s suspension.
The teams met again Saturday afternoon and, while Boone Central outplayed the hosts in many ways, both squads scored just a single touchdown as O’Neill wrapped up the victory.
“Never comfortable with losing, but with the inexperienced kids we have on the field, there were a lot more first game jitters and mistakes that we usually expect,” said Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson. “The rain delay was inconvenient, but also gave us a chance to fix some things after falling behind and we felt we played much better Saturday, taking a 13-12 lead at one point.
“O’Neill’s maturity paid dividends in the fourth quarter, as we couldn’t get crucial stops on their final scoring drive and they held us out of the end zone twice at the end of the game.
“We will improve, but the schedule doesn’t get any easier. Proud of the boys’ effort!”

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