Boone Central did not score many points against visiting Arlington Friday night, but one big one delivered the first Cardinal victory of the 2019 season.
Junior Ryan Kramer booted the key PAT after Boone Central scored its only touchdown with 11:51 remaining in the game and the Cardinals used a combination of stout defense and late ball control to hold on for a 7-6 victory over the Eagles.
On a breezy night in Albion, the biggest gust may have been the collective “whew” from Boone Central’s side of the field when the clocked clicked to 00:00.
The two 0-3 teams were stymied by each other for the majority of the contest, each able to finish one drive in the end zone. The difference proved to be in special teams play, as Boone Central stuffed an Arlington two-point conversion run following a bad snap while Kramer’s PAT sailed cleanly through the uprights.. It was a big win for the young Cardinals as they reach the halfway point of the 2019 campaign.
“Proud of these young guys for hanging in there and believing in their team, and giving a good effort for four quarters,” said Cardinal Coach Mark Hudson. “We still have a very large amount of mental things to clean up, but we are making progress.
“Arlington was better up front than we gauged on film and we had to make several adjustments on the fly,” Hudson noted. “But the defense hung around and played bend-but-don’t-break football long enough that we eventually found an alignment where we had a good match-up on the line. We ran there the entire touchdown drive and then were able to close it out by being in better shape on the last drive, where we were able to get a good surge up front for the first time all night.”
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