It was a familiar situation for the young Boone Central Cardinals Friday night at Columbus, facing a big, physical 2018 state playoff qualifier with ample experience and an undefeated record.
One week after a 37-20 loss to Class C1 #5 Ord in Albion, Boone Central gave up 28 unanswered points to lose an early lead and a 28-6 decision to C1 #9 Lakeview (3-0).
“Lakeview is a really good football team, and we played well enough the week before that they didn’t take us lightly. They came out and were crisp, quick and physical in their execution,” Boone Central Coach Mark Hudson commented. “Their line was a big advantage for them. They were not just bigger, but very quick and strong. That, matched with a physical running backfield, and our guys were fighting their tails off most of the night.
“We had some frustrations, but for the most part we battled and made them earn everything they got.”
For the second straight game, Boone Central (0-3) had a strong start. Last week featured a masterful 14-play touchdown drive that produced a 7-0 lead over Ord. This time, the Cardinals hit Lakeview with an early shocker.
After both teams failed to move on their opening drives, Boone Central faced a 3rd-and-11 on its second possession. Braden Benes connected with tight end Dylan Korth in search of the first down and Korth eluded two Viking defenders, racing down the sideline to complete a 72-yard scoring play. A two-point conversion try failed, giving the Cards an early 6-0 lead.
That edge lasted just over four minutes. A focused Lakeview offense took possession at the Viking 23-yard line and drove to paydirt in nine plays, the final 31 yards covered by runs of 19 and 11 yards by QB Evan Tessendorf. The PAT kick put Lakeview in front 7-6 with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter.
The remainder of the first half momentum swung to Lakeview’s side. Boone Central was forced into consecutive punts, then saw a promising drive stopped at the Viking 16 by a fumble.
Lakeview took advantage of its second-quarter possessions, mounting quick four and eight-play scoring drives capped by Tessendorf runs of 17 and 29 yards. The PATs put Lakeview up 21-6.
The Vikings fumbled on their first possession of the second half, but after forcing another Boone Central punt, the hosts put their final points on the scoreboard.
Mason Viergutz returned Blaine Young’s kick 25 yards to the Lakeview 48-yard line and, after a seven-yard gain by Tessendorf, Adam Van Cleave burst 45 yards for the touchdown and 28-6 lead.
Lakeview mounted a marathon drive midway through the second half that failed to produce additional points. Beginning at their own 11, the Vikings marched to the Boone Central four-yard line in 22 plays before the Cardinal defense made a stand and forced a 29-yard field goal attempt that sailed wide.
Boone Central had a final drive of 65 yards and 14 plays, but an incomplete pass on fourth down ended the Cardinal threat with :15 remaining.
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